I've done the BG
DC-10 half a dozen times - mostly from / to AUH
but also DXB
on Fridays and once KTM
. Never been delayed more than a few minutes here and there, they have a horrible reputation but the 80s were a long time ago. Just the other day in SIN
I saw their 737 to DAC
push right on time. DAC
has live arrivals and departures info so you can get a good sense of their overall reliability on a daily basis, plus what you can expect to see from the roof terrace of the Regency Hotel (fabbo four star property near the airport, I presume that's where you're staying? just don't book the cheapest grade rooms, they don't have windows!).
Biman allow cockpit visits inc landings if you're a DC-10 fan who asks nicely. Introduce yourself to the pilots in the AUH
terminal if you see them (T2
's very small) and maybe bring gifts like a handful of McDD keyrings off eBay or something else av-themed (stack of Aviation News or Airliner World).
Biman is a very special airline and you will have a fantastic time. Tell us how you get on!
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz