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Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:18 am

I am off to Kazakhstan next weekend to fly the YAK-40 with Zhetysu, as well as a couple of An-24 sectors with SCAT.

The SCAT An-24s have been replaced on most routes by CRJs and B737s, however they still operate to Petropavlovsk/Petropawl (PPK) from both TSE and ALA. I will fly on the following flights:

DV767/21MAR FR TSE-PPK 1445/1600 AN4 1:15
DV738/21MAR FR PPK-ALA 1715/2055 AN4 3:40

JTU6061/22MAR SA ALA-TDK 1230/1315 YK4 0:45
JTU6060/23MAR SU TDK-ALA 1400/1445 YK4 0:45

The SCAT schedule is pretty much guaranteed to ensure two different frames, since the return flight to TSE departs from PPK within minutes of the ALA flight arriving. Almost 5 hours on an An-24 will be quite a treat.

I also hoped to fly on the SCAT YAK-42, but it is apprently only used as a backup aircraft nowadays so is difficult to catch a flight on.

The Zhetysu flights can only be booked in their city offices, but luckily a local contact has manage to do this part for me. They fly daily from their base in Taldykorgan (TDK) to TSE and ALA, but these are separate flights which operate at overlapping times, therefore an overnight stay is required in Taldykorgan.

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 8):
There is a Tu-154 in Kazakhstan at an airline called "Kazakh Air Trans" who are operating charters, and KZ is also home to a couple of random Yak-40s and An-24s.

Kazair Trans were operating charters to HKT and UTP until a few weeks ago, but apparently the tour operator was looking at replacing the operator with someone using B737 equipment. I am not sure what the Kazair Trans Tu-154 is doing now, but will try to keep an eye on it.
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:18 pm

Quoting StevenG (Reply 49):

Exact same experience with us, airports were super tricky albeit TAS was a bit more relaxed than NCU or TMJ because of the military presence there. And we could also take endless pictures of the Afrosiyob, no problem at all.

After having been there I wish I had gone 5 years earlier when their fleet still comprised the Tu-154B, Yak-40 and An-24. And the ship graveyard in Muynaq (Aralsea) would have comprised hundreds of vessels instead of a dozen today. Also Muynaq's airport had the stored An-2s removed in the last few years.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 50):

Good luck, looking forward to hearing how it went. Hope you can find out what will happen to the Kazair Trans Tu-154.

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Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:11 am

Quoting airevents (Reply 22):

For anyone who is in Southeast Asia and interested in flying a Sukhoi Superjet, it can now very easily be done on Sky Aviation from Denpasar to Surabaya or viceversa. Flight leaves every day and tickets are anywhere between 30 and 50 EUR oneway. Bookings can be done through Sky´s website. I would definitely recommend it!

Came back from an Indonesian trip 2 weeks ago (target was the SU9 and 732). As far as Indonesian domestic flights go... plan for a long transit! (as well as needing to check the flight board way ahead of time as my Wings Air flight (AT7) got pushed forward by 100minutes without informing me and got changed into a Lionair 739 instead)

I was informed that my Sky Aviation flight would be delayed by 50minutes (I was fine w that since I had planned for a 4 hour connection) but even after 1.5 hours, there was no news regarding the flight in the messy DPS gate where most flights were delayed. Eventually we departed 2 hours behind schedule. That aside, it was a great flight, no problems with photography, cockpit/cabin crew were very friendly and accommodating.

Planned a short trip to Pangkalanbun in hopes of trying Trigana's 732, but the 734 turned up at the gate (expectedly i must say). Enquired about the 732 with the crew, was told that the 732(s) do not operate to Java anymore. If anyone wants to fly the 732 on Trigana, I think you must get to Jayapura.
 
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Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:01 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 50):
I am off to Kazakhstan next weekend to fly the YAK-40 with Zhetysu, as well as a couple of An-24 sectors with SCAT.

You were successful with these types/flights ?

Would love to hear from you regarding this adventure !!!
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Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:09 pm

Quoting yapple (Reply 52):
Came back from an Indonesian trip 2 weeks ago (target was the SU9 and 732).

Looking fwd to a TR soon online...

Regarding the SU9 - any idea which routes SU will serve during the summer timetable? Any visa-free and cheap options, maybe via SVO? So far, it seems DRS (Dresden) will see the SU9 - but the prices are astronomical!
 
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:43 am

Does anyone have experience with the booking of Nepal Airlines tickets? They have no online booking engine, a few websites offer tickets however at astronomical fares. The basic RA fares quoted on their website are reasonable, and I’d like to fly on their 757s before they will be replaced with A320s in the near future   

Also, there used to be a registration-based schedule, this is unfortunately now gone from RA’s website but I think the basic rotations of the aircraft wouldn’t have changed. I'm hoping someone may have downloaded this schedule somewhere...

Thanks in advance for any information.
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:45 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 55):
Does anyone have experience with the booking of Nepal Airlines tickets? They have no online booking engine, a few websites offer tickets however at astronomical fares. The basic RA fares quoted on their website are reasonable, and I’d like to fly on their 757s before they will be replaced with A320s in the near future

I tried to book a flight from KTM to DXB on RA in 2012.

Well, nobody ever answered to my E-Mails and whenever I called them, they asked where I was from and when I replied "Germany" they said, they couldn't sell me a ticket....
 
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:41 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 56):

Sounds promising! I will give it a try at their HKG office from where I will fly to KTM, a second option could be a local Nepalese travel agent. Now since they will be getting an MA-60 and Y-12, I will also face the challange of booking domestic tickets.

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Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:28 am

Hi everyone,

I know this probably won't be interesting, but BahamasAir, a terrible airline I flew on some weeks ago, has a bunch of 735s flying around FLL and NAS.


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Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:17 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 54):
Looking fwd to a TR soon online...

No 732 though...

Anyway, Sky Aviation has currently ceased operations temporarily. Glad I decided to go ahead with that trip and really hope they will resume flying soon. So for now, looks as if Asia has no SSJ operators from what I've heard. (Lao Central has one iirc but is their SSJ flying?)
 
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Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:29 pm

Just used some more avios and booked myself on LCY-BLL-DUS with Sun Air. Operating aircraft are scheduled as Do328 prop and J31. Looking at past flights LCY-BLL has always been operated by the Do328 prop, while BLL-DUS is sometimes flown with other types. Hopefully it wont change when I am doing this on June 10. Will be flying ARN-LCY-BLL-DUS-ARN.


Will log the Do328 jet on Monday going BMA-AAR-AAL-OSL and then returning to ARN with SK.
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Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:42 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 60):
while BLL-DUS is sometimes flown with other types

Standard for that route is Jetstream 31 !
(btw. they even have a flight attendant on the J31 !)
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Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:22 pm

Quoting MHG (Reply 61):
Standard for that route is Jetstream 31 !
(btw. they even have a flight attendant on the J31 !)

Thanks. Hopefully it wont change till then.
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Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:46 am

I am slightly optimistic that I may be able to fly YS-11 - finally - later this year ...
(will be in the Phils. in september ...)
Fil-Asian has finally completed the installation of TCAS in their sole YS-11 (RP-C3591).
So, they fulfilled the requirement set by CAAP to operate the aircraft regularily.
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:55 am

Quoting MHG (Reply 63):

Hey, these are interesting news! I had given up on Fil-Asian already (and hence on the YS-11).

Their ticket office turned silent 2-3 months ago, and I had written my USD 100 pre-payment for a flight in November 2013 off.

Do you have any info when ops start is planned? May I ask from where you have received this information?
Would be interesting to know if Interisland and Airlink will also upgrade their TCAS systems.

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Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:22 am

I'd love to go on the YS-11, let us know if you do manage to book that.

On another note does anybody know the easiest way to get on a:

Dash-7 - There seems to be some obscure airlines running them but I'm unsure if they are charters etc. My understanding was that Berjaya Air was the best bet but then noticed Air Greenland had them too?

ERJ-135 - what is the cheapest easiest way to get on one without having the pay silly prices to bmi?
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:36 pm

Ref. the Embraer 135, I will be flying this in 8 days, from East Midlands to Brussels, £79 one way. Pricey, but by little Embraer standards quite good
 
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Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:48 pm

Quoting LX138 (Reply 65):

Dash-7 - There seems to be some obscure airlines running them but I'm unsure if they are charters etc. My understanding was that Berjaya Air was the best bet but then noticed Air Greenland had them too?

GL has 3 of them left which unfortunately only operate ad-hoc and on charter basis. You might get lucky finding one in the schedules somewhere.

Then there is Berjaya Air in Malaysia which I think still has scheduled services with them, along side their ATR ops.

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Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:03 pm

Quoting LX138 (Reply 65):
Dash-7 - There seems to be some obscure airlines running them but I'm unsure if they are charters etc. My understanding was that Berjaya Air was the best bet but then noticed Air Greenland had them too?

Absolutely NOT an obscure airline. Barjaya flies them on regular scheduled flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a stop in Pulau Tioman, and you have a 100% equipment guarantee as no other plane can land at TOD, and the fare is cheap too. I did this last year and it was a wonderful and unforgettable experience, but definitely not obscure.

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Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:17 pm

Quoting MHG (Reply 61):
Standard for that route is Jetstream 31 !
(btw. they even have a flight attendant on the J31 !)

Had the luck on my side today. My AAR-AAL-OSL flight was flown by OY-SVF (J31)! BMA-AAL was operated by OY-NCL (Do328JET).

Logged 2 new types, 1 new airline and 2 new airports. All in all a great day.
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Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:06 pm

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 66):
Ref. the Embraer 135, I will be flying this in 8 days, from East Midlands to Brussels, £79 one way. Pricey, but by little Embraer standards quite good

That IS a very reasonable fare, how much cheaper do you want to be? Fly easy jet or FR if you want cheaper...

Another option, HOP! / Air France, with MiNi fares. Oneways in domestic France can be obtained for about EUR 50,-, the E135 is certainly on some longer routes.

For Philippines, you can do the very rare BAe 146-100 (!) on Skyjet, they do fly on some domestic routes but are rather expensive (compared to the competition, if any on the routes they operate).

South East Asian will restart ops with Dornier 328 (prop) soon from CRK to several domestic airports also.
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Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:02 am

I mean expensive by comparison to some of the flights offered on their larger E145..during a recent sale I think I saw some fares reduced to £39 or £49
 
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Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:59 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 68):
Barjaya flies them on regular scheduled flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a stop in Pulau Tioman, and you have a 100% equipment guarantee as no other plane can land at TOD, and the fare is cheap too. I did this last year and it was a wonderful and unforgettable experience, but definitely not obscure.

Don't think they fly to Singapore anymore (The Dash 7s on the TOD route). Flights are not bookable, and from what I know, the only flights they operate to Singapore recently are on the Redang route on their ATRs.
 
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:15 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 70):
For Philippines, you can do the very rare BAe 146-100 (!) on Skyjet

Thanks for that, looks like my annual trip to the Philippines will have some interesting types again. I was heading to Palawan anyway.
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:32 am

Does anyone have an update on the DC-9 and F-28 flying in Kenya ?
 
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:35 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 70):
For Philippines, you can do the very rare BAe 146-100 (!) on Skyjet

I'm a bit confused, doesn't Swiss European operate a bunch of them? I feel like I must be missing something.  
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:36 am

Quoting aloges (Reply 75):

Swiss operates 20 Avro RJ100, but none of the very rare BAe 146-100 (only 15 active aircraft worldwide).

[Edited 2014-04-17 01:37:09]
 
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:37 am

Quoting aloges (Reply 75):
I'm a bit confused, doesn't Swiss European operate a bunch of them? I feel like I must be missing something.

Thats the Avro RJ-100, a more modern version of the BAE-146-300. The BAE-146-100 is the shortest aircraft of the family and was later rebranded as the Avro RJ-70. Both the -100 and RJ-70 are very rare.

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Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:08 am

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 77):
Thats the Avro RJ-100, a more modern version of the BAE-146-300. The BAE-146-100 is the shortest aircraft of the family and was later rebranded as the Avro RJ-70. Both the -100 and RJ-70 are very rare.

Isnt the original 146 series and the RJ series two separate models, and not only a rebrand?

Regarding the RJ70, I dont think there are any left in regular schedule service. Fortunately I was able to log it with TF shortly before they retired the type.
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:32 am

Quoting eirik (Reply 74):

I found a 3h45min f28 sector from Nbo-comoros via somewhere else only about a month ago. Still seems active
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:56 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 78):
Isnt the original 146 series and the RJ series two separate models, and not only a rebrand?

Yes they are, including being re-engined and with new avionics. I'd like to take a -100 somewhere too.

Wish I could go back to the Philippines - did catch the last 732 there!
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:39 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 78):
Regarding the RJ70, I dont think there are any left in regular schedule service.

WX still operate them ex AMS to LCY (and beyond)...
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Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:15 pm

Quoting MH017 (Reply 81):
WX still operate them ex AMS to LCY (and beyond)...

That is the RJ85 and not the RJ70.
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Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:59 am

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 76):
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 77):

Thanks very much, that does explain it!  
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Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:14 pm

It seems that Rex regional express (Australia) has a mixed fleet of SF340Bs and the plus version. Are there any set routes which the 340B plus is used on out of SYD?
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Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:13 pm

Flew on an A340-500 on Etihad yesterday, on AUH-ICN. A6-EHB. What an awesome bird! I was shocked at how quiet it was a even during the takeoff roll. Get it while you can, there are less than 20 or so left flying.
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Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:09 am

For all those who missed the Aeroflot IL-96 before it got retired: Check out the rather cheap Cubana fares on the ORY-HAV route (with a stop in SCU). Oneway in Eco as low as 300+ €, Business less than 700€. Not bad for a 13h experience on the IL-96. I'm booked on that service in the near future, a trip report will follow soon.

On another note, AIS Airlines with their Jetstream 32 is expanding. Seems like they'll add DRS to their network, too. What I found quite nice is that their ZRH-FMO service seems to stop in BRE on some flights, e.g. Friday afternoon. Prices for ZRH-FMO or BRE are quite steep but the experience could be worth it. BRE-FMO must be one of the shortest sectors in mainland Europe (approx. 100 km) and can even be booked separately for 85€ all-in.
 
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Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:19 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 64):
Their ticket office turned silent 2-3 months ago, and I had written my USD 100 pre-payment for a flight in November 2013 off.

Do you have any info when ops start is planned? May I ask from where you have received this information?
Would be interesting to know if Interisland and Airlink will also upgrade their TCAS systems.

Well, I wouldn´t count on getting back the money ...

Interisland´s YS-11 will definitely not be getting TCAS according to the owner. (it´s a french guy !)
Purchase and installation are too expensive (around 250.000US$) for such an old airframe.
Nevertheless Fil-Asian went forward with it ...
Fil-Asian had the TCAS installed by a maintenance company but they did not fully pay for it initially - hence the silence - they obviously needed more time to source enough money ...
Now we´re waiting for this "venture" to finally start regular operations.
Fingers crossed !

Quoting LX138 (Reply 65):
I'd love to go on the YS-11, let us know if you do manage to book that.

I will closely follow up any developments in that direction and report as soon something happens - whether positive or negative ... !

Quoting LX138 (Reply 65):
On another note does anybody know the easiest way to get on a:
Dash-7 - There seems to be some obscure airlines running them but I'm unsure if they are charters etc. My understanding was that Berjaya Air was the best bet but then noticed Air Greenland had them too?

The Berjaya Dash-7 may be no longer operating ...
Tried to check schedules/fares and was shocked that their schedule does not list any flights to Tioman (TOD) anymore   
Sent them an email a while ago but no response ...

According to Berjaya´s website the only route served is SZB-RDN (Redang Island) at the moment and the flights are operated by ATR-72 (RDN´s runway is long enough for the ATR)
I couldn´t find out what happened to the TOD routes.
Singapore airport´s website does not list Tioman as a destination anymore ...
Seems that TOD has no commercial traffic anymore now.

[Edited 2014-04-27 07:26:00]

Slight correction: Berjaya´s website lists flights to TOD thrice weekly but booking engine provides no availlability ...


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Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Quoting LX138 (Reply 80):
Yes they are, including being re-engined and with new avionics. I'd like to take a -100 somewhere too.

I believe Star Peru still operates the BAe-146-100. I flew one a few years back on CUZ-LIM, and Wikipedia (for what it's worth) claims they still have two of them.
 
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Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:25 pm

Hi guys, I'm just back from a week long trip, the aim being to fly as many rare and elusive types as possible. First of all-

Embraer 135 - this type is possible on the daily East Midlands - Brussels route, at a reasonable price. It also operates Aberdeen - Oslo, but expect higher prices there.

Metroliner - I made a short return morning trip out of Oslo on this for under £100. The turnarounds are pretty quick in VDB, and the airline doesn't offer online checkin, but by chatting to the crew, they let me stay onboard during the turnaround, aswell as hover behind them with the camera for the landing into the mountainous airfield  

Norwegian 737-800 - not interesting you say, but for £100 its possible to make a 7 hour flight from Oslo to Dubai on one, the flight is far from fully booked (due to weight), and with the exit row seats is most acceptable

A340-500 - I was able to fly this with Emirates to Kiev for £99. I reckon only 40 passengers onboard, and about 3 in premium classes. Being light we rocketed straight to 40,000 ft over Iran, and got great onboard service (3 G&T's within the first hour :P )

Embraer 120 - I can recommend Air Moldova, and taking some time to explore Moldova is worthwhile
 
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Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:14 pm

I just noticed today that BA / Sun Air operates the Do328 Jet on ZRH-BLL. There was a fire engine water salute for them today at ZRH airport. Seems like they operate the route a few times weekly.
 
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Thu May 01, 2014 3:33 pm

Quoting HAM (Reply 90):
I just noticed today that BA / Sun Air operates the Do328 Jet on ZRH-BLL.

Yeah, excited about this: will be flying this beauty on 16jun14 BLL-ZRH  
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Fri May 02, 2014 12:56 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 68):
Absolutely NOT an obscure airline. Barjaya flies them on regular scheduled flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a stop in Pulau Tioman, and you have a 100% equipment guarantee as no other plane can land at TOD, and the fare is cheap too. I did this last year and it was a wonderful and unforgettable experience, but definitely not obscure.

I flew Berjaya Air last November SZB-TOD and TOD-SIN and they even had an in-flight magazine (ha)! But yes, that landing in Tioman is unbelievable, as the Dash-7 slams into ground so far down the runway, you wonder how you will ever get stopped before impaling the mountain at the end of the runway.

Quoting MHG (Reply 87):
Slight correction: Berjaya´s website lists flights to TOD thrice weekly but booking engine provides no availlability ...

I can't remember the details when I booked my 2 flights with Berjaya Air last fall, but I remember the booking process was kind of tricky. I kept running into dead ends, as you indicated. Keep trying though, and I bet you will get through. It is worth it for the landing in Tioman alone, but the island is amazingly beautiful. Stay there a few days if you can.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Fri May 02, 2014 1:07 pm

I just noticed the Iran Air summer 2014 timetable appeared on their Japanese site:
http://www.iranair.co.jp/TIMETABLE%20Intl%202014s.pdf

Unlike earlier years, it doesn't list the equipment type any more. But if you go through their crew scheduling web site, you kind find it there:
http://crew.iranair.com/Summerschedule2014.htm
Just click on the weekdays in the bottom.

So after their 747-100 is retired, most longer flights appear as 74L which is the SP, and some as 74X.

I'm tempted to book a Wednesday KUL-IKA segment in September 2014. Listed as 74L. What are the opinions from you experts? What are my odds that it will actually be operated by an SP? And what is Iran Air's on-time record? I heard it is actually pretty good.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Sat May 03, 2014 5:43 am

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 92):
I can't remember the details when I booked my 2 flights with Berjaya Air last fall, but I remember the booking process was kind of tricky. I kept running into dead ends, as you indicated. Keep trying though, and I bet you will get through. It is worth it for the landing in Tioman alone, but the island is amazingly beautiful. Stay there a few days if you can.

Well, I´ve done it before ...
So, the pressure to push it through is not as high anymore although I´d like to do it a second time.
Had the same problems as you when I did it for the first time but eventually settled it by email/calling them.
For my SZB-TOD//TOD-XSP routing I needed 2 separate tickets anyway as they do not issue through tickets.
But all went smoothe because I advised them in advance of my intention to just transit at TOD (otherwise I´d never be able to check-in before CI deadline at TOD !)

Well, this time I have already made alternative arrangements !
(booked SIN-SZB on FY although I would have preferred OD on JHB-SZB but the trek SIN-JHB was too time consuming for the small time frame I have availlable this time ...)
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Sun May 04, 2014 9:44 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 93):
I'm tempted to book a Wednesday KUL-IKA segment in September 2014. Listed as 74L. What are the opinions from you experts? What are my odds that it will actually be operated by an SP? And what is Iran Air's on-time record? I heard it is actually pretty good.

You can be pretty sure it's a 747SP on the KUL-run (source: pictures at Malaysianwings.net); the AMS-IKA sunday run has an excellent connection with this flight, so I'm tempted as well  
How about (transit-)visa issues with this 1.05 hour confirmed lay-over ?
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Sun May 04, 2014 8:48 pm

DAT will fly their last MD-83 between Copenhagen and Rønne this summer.
http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...-flights-to-rnne-from-june-onwards

Does anyone know which flights it is going to be?
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Mon May 05, 2014 3:27 pm

What would be the best way to get a 767-200? I was looking at some Transatlantic options, as I know they fly from Dublin and Zurich etc.

Are there any short, typically cheap flights to catch one on the US East Coast? I was looking at UTAir in Russia this year, but can not find that many on the schedules
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Tue May 06, 2014 4:46 am

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 97):
What would be the best way to get a 767-200?

Air Zimbabwe. JNB-HRE. Tie it in with a 732 JNB-HRE-BUQ-JNB for two 762 sectors and a 732. Bargain of the century
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Thu May 08, 2014 11:32 am

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 98):
Air Zimbabwe. JNB-HRE. Tie it in with a 732 JNB-HRE-BUQ-JNB for two 762 sectors and a 732. Bargain of the century

I have this on the radar for August. I was surprised to read the 762 is back in service and indeed I can see it is uploaded into the schedule as you said. However I heard one of their A320s also returned to service not too long ago, do you know if this is true? It seems their single ERJ is now gone from the schedules. Thanks for any insight.

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