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Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:44 am

According to planespotters.net, I noticed that the Iranian Air Force KC-747-100SF EP-CQB is the only 747-100 still in operation.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:52 am

Darn...and we can't buy a ticket to fly on it!! (In my case not only because it's an air force aircraft but also my passport says "American" on it... :D )
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:23 am

AntonioMartin wrote:
Darn...and we can't buy a ticket to fly on it!! (In my case not only because it's an air force aircraft but also my passport says "American" on it... :D )


Iran does not have any bans on American travellers. Getting onto a military aircraft on the other hand, I doubt anyone except Iranians can manage that.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:23 pm

VSMUT wrote:
Getting onto a military aircraft on the other hand, I doubt anyone except Iranians can manage that.


Wouldn't be surprised, if our dear friend Sam Chui will find a way... :bigthumbsup:
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:15 pm

VSMUT wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:
Darn...and we can't buy a ticket to fly on it!! (In my case not only because it's an air force aircraft but also my passport says "American" on it... :D )


Iran does not have any bans on American travellers. Getting onto a military aircraft on the other hand, I doubt anyone except Iranians can manage that.


As long as you offer enough money, anything is possible....
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:13 pm

Years ago, when everyone was popping down to Iran to fly on the Saha 707’s ( read Iranian Air Force) there was a strong rumour that the 747’s were to take over some of the domestic flights when the 707’s were pulled from service. As we all know now, that never happened , and Saha ended up flying a couple of A300’s before they ceased there commercial passenger ops.
There’s an a.netter on here, Cedarjet who could fill in the story more, but if I remember it well enough, it wasn’t far off happening.
Now all that 100 does is THR-DAM flights I think.
But fantastic that it’s still flying.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:57 am

TUGMASTER wrote:
Years ago, when everyone was popping down to Iran to fly on the Saha 707’s ( read Iranian Air Force) there was a strong rumour that the 747’s were to take over some of the domestic flights when the 707’s were pulled from service. As we all know now, that never happened , and Saha ended up flying a couple of A300’s before they ceased there commercial passenger ops.
There’s an a.netter on here, Cedarjet who could fill in the story more, but if I remember it well enough, it wasn’t far off happening.
Now all that 100 does is THR-DAM flights I think.
But fantastic that it’s still flying.


Isn't that 100 also used as a tanker?
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:45 pm

It had a boom, whether it’s serviceable and they use it is an open question.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:53 pm

An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though. As for Sam, some of his actions at Mehrabad (Tehran's domestic airport) probably didn't earn him any favours
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:37 pm

opticalilyushin wrote:
An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though. As for Sam, some of his actions at Mehrabad (Tehran's domestic airport) probably didn't earn him any favours


Never had any trouble at Mehrabad, infact totally the opposite, Airline staff there couldn’t do enough to help, Including Jump seat landing on IR 727.
Also Saha staff very generous with their time.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:58 pm

TUGMASTER wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though. As for Sam, some of his actions at Mehrabad (Tehran's domestic airport) probably didn't earn him any favours


Never had any trouble at Mehrabad, infact totally the opposite, Airline staff there couldn’t do enough to help, Including Jump seat landing on IR 727.
Also Saha staff very generous with their time.


Completely agree, it was the same for me and I'm sure many others. The problem is when special events are put together, after lots of planning and permission-seeking, only to be ruined by those who think rules don't apply. Anyway, my understanding is that the flight may still happen, but the number of available seats was extremely limited.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:24 pm

opticalilyushin wrote:
An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though


Do you recall what the ticket price was? "Very expensive" is very subjective. In Feb 1985 when I spent UK 300 (US 339) to fly aboard Concorde for 73 minutes out of LHR, my coworkers were dumbfounded. "Do you know an English family can go on holiday for a week for that price" was their response. So for me at the time considering the price for transatlantic aboard Concorde, US 339 was money well spent for my only ride aboard Concorde.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:08 am

aeromoe wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though


Do you recall what the ticket price was? "Very expensive" is very subjective. In Feb 1985 when I spent UK 300 (US 339) to fly aboard Concorde for 73 minutes out of LHR, my coworkers were dumbfounded. "Do you know an English family can go on holiday for a week for that price" was their response. So for me at the time considering the price for transatlantic aboard Concorde, US 339 was money well spent for my only ride aboard Concorde.

It was USD 1'000 per passenger, 16 pax total.
 
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Re: Only 1 operational 747-100?

Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:44 pm

Loran wrote:
aeromoe wrote:
opticalilyushin wrote:
An enthusiast flight on that -100 very nearly happened a couple of years back, a friend of mine was signed up for it- very expensive though


Do you recall what the ticket price was? "Very expensive" is very subjective. In Feb 1985 when I spent UK 300 (US 339) to fly aboard Concorde for 73 minutes out of LHR, my coworkers were dumbfounded. "Do you know an English family can go on holiday for a week for that price" was their response. So for me at the time considering the price for transatlantic aboard Concorde, US 339 was money well spent for my only ride aboard Concorde.

It was USD 1'000 per passenger, 16 pax total.


Wow. Thanks for the info...I was just curious.

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