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Has the aircraft not flown since the last enthusiast flight a few years ago?
Very little, if at all. That's why I was so surprised that these flights were offered, I enquired about the availability of the aircraft for a filming project over a year ago and was told it was grounded due to spares and other costs (fuel). I am 99% sure it hasn't flown since that conversation. The 2011 charter was almost the end of the road. I suspect the Oct 2013 flights were never really discussed with the aircraft owners.
Btw an aircraft that has been stored without flying for more than a certain amount of time (I think six months) requires a mandatory C check which can take a few thousand man hours to complete. This isn't necessarily a factor if you're reactivating a 747-400 for British Airways because it's going to fly 18h a day and gross £400,000 a day in revenue - the cost of the heavy check is recouped within the first few days of service. An old exec jet that isn't profitable and will sit for weeks and months, different story. So the need for a heavy check is a deal breaker here even if everything else was positive.
One more thing - the biggest users of this jet in recent years was Carlos Santana and band, and George W Bush and family. I could smell incense and
sulpher during my flight in 2011.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz