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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:18 am

Quoting HAM (Reply 40):
From Tehran To Kualalumpur
Flight Origin Destionation Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Type Delay(min) Status
IR 0814 Tehran-Imam khomeini Kualalumpur 2014-07-01 21:55 2014-07-02 09:22 74L 0 Departured

Source: Iran Air website, flight status search.

EP-IAC is back in the air! Performed flight IR 814 IKA-KUL tonight.

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Update: My trip last weekend worked out as planned. It was great and I can recommend it to anyone.

I did KUL-IKA and have some transfer advice: At KUL, you can check-in at the gate about 2 hours prior to departure, so no need to leave the airside area. A C-Class ticket allows access to the Plaza Premium Lounge. The dragons let us in even with just a print-out, so we could already enjoy the lounge long before our departure. There are good shower facilities, great food (e.g. freshly-made seafood soup, good coffee from a real machine etc.) and you even get a stamp on your ticket/BP that states "unlimited flow of beer and spirits" in the lounge which is quite ironic given that IR is a dry airline.

The flight itself was superb from the beginning until the end. We sat in the first row in the nose area, the food was delicious and the service very professional and friendly. Just as described by many previous full trip reports by other a.net members (which is also why I was too lazy to write another TR on this flight).

Upon landing at IKA, we did not enter the country even though we had 9.5 hours of transit time (18:00 until 03:30) because my friend's passport was valid for less than 6 months. So we stayed in transit. The main issue was that we had to wait for 6.5 hours on a bench right before passport control. An officer took our passports and asked us to stay there. Unfortunately he didn't tell us how long it would take - but after 1 or 2 hours we figured out that we'd have to wait until check-in for our onward flight on TK would begin, i.e. at 0:30. At least there was a TV to watch the football game, and one guy brought us some food and the visa officer invited us over for some tea. There's also a water fountain, so nothing to worry about, even though it's a boring area and the wait can be long.

Hope this helps anyone who'll go on such a trip to catch the SP, which is a truly great experience.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:34 am

Quoting HAM (Reply 50):

Where did you book your ticket? I can only find extraordinary high fares on wideroe.no for the date I want to fly.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:53 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
Where did you book your ticket? I can only find extraordinary high fares on wideroe.no for the date I want to fly.

Hi Loran

I wrote an e-mail to [email protected] stating the date I wanted to fly. An agent responded soon, said that tickets are available and quoted the prices: 383€ in Y, 497€ in C for a one-way KUL-IKA.

I'd say those 110€ difference for C are extremely good value for money, with the lounge access in IKA, the comfortable seat and the great food and service on board.

I then gave the agent my credit card details and I received my electronic ticket soon after.

Sending credit card details via e-mail might not be everyone's favorite thing to do, but I didn't expect Iran Air to steal anything from me, and everything was indeed fine.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:03 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
Where did you book your ticket?

In case you happen to find yourself in Frankfurt, there's an Iran Air ticket office right by the train station. Can't miss it, they've got a huge and fantastic model of a 747 in the window.  
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:42 am

Thanks for your recommendations, in the meantime my travel agent in Malaysia confirmed the same fares, I can also book it through them which I already did 2009.

One more question, from the last row of C class, can you still manage this type of view?


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This view is from the forward galley, not sure if you can still get this view from the C class a bit ahead.

On my last flight on EP-IAA, I was sitting on the left side in Y near the prayer room in seat 11A with a great view of the engines, although it was the return flight IKA-KUL and hence during the night.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:46 am

That is a great idea! I'm planning to go to Iran in October (flying from DXB) and I'll be back to ask for a bit of help. However a C-class detour through KUL doesn't sound like a bad idea.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:26 am

Hi all, is there a way to book Iran Aseman Airlines outside Iran?
They have a flight to IST which connects well to the 74L arriving from KUL, however so far I failed to find any options of booking a ticket with them.


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It is l/n 002! Would be great to fly on it.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:42 pm

which is the scheduled arrival at IKA for the SP from KUL? i wish to search if there is a good connection to fly back to europe so dont need the visa
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:40 pm

Quoting mxp (Reply 57):
which is the scheduled arrival at IKA for the SP from KUL? i wish to search if there is a good connection to fly back to europe so dont need the visa
IR 815 KUL 12:05 - IKA 16:45 (local time)

Several departures to Europe leave in the hours after midnight and arrive in Europe in the morning hours. That might work out.
Don't you get a visa on arrival as an Italian? Germans get it without problems. This would give you a nice afternoon and evening in the city, then later in the evening you could travel back to the airport and then fly out after midnight.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:53 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 58):
Don't you get a visa on arrival as an Italian? Germans get it without problems. This would give you a nice afternoon and evening in the city, then later in the evening you could travel back to the airport and then fly out after midnight.

But does a visa on arrival actually work out well? As far as I know you need to apply for some kind of "pre visa confirmation" letter, on a website which didn't work for ages.

Without that letter there seems to be no possibility to get such a visa at IKA.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:02 pm

Quoting mxp (Reply 57):
which is the scheduled arrival at IKA for the SP from KUL?

Hi Alberto, depends on the weekday, mine arrives 18:20 LT (on a Saturday).

FLIGHT IR 815 - IRAN AIR SAT 16 AUGUST 2014
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DEPARTURE: KUALA LUMPUR, MY (KUALA LUMPUR INTL), TERMINAL M 16 AUG 13:30
ARRIVAL: TEHRAN, IR (IMAM KHOMEINI INTL) 16 AUG 18:20

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:19 pm

actually on our foreign minister site says that visa could be given but without be sure they give it to you so a connection flight would be better.
now i will see to study the possibly.connections flights.
i have written also to iranair in germany and lets see if tomorrow they answer.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:19 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 59):
But does a visa on arrival actually work out well? As far as I know you need to apply for some kind of "pre visa confirmation" letter, on a website which didn't work for ages.

That's what I found out too. Since I only have one afternoon / evening in Tehran in September (arriving at 16:45 and flying out on Lufthansa at 03:15) I figured out I'll just try my luck and see if they give me a visa on arrival or not. Worst case I'll wait at the airport.
Regarding my flight KUL-IKA without a visa, I should be fine as I have a confirmed onward ticket, so I could stay in transit.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:19 am

Where is it possible to fly a Dash 7 these days? They seem to be pretty much all gone in Greenland, and Air Berjaya is a little out of the way, and their website doesn't seem that great.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:44 am

Try Airkenya. They operate a multi-stop flight from WIL around the Masai Mara. You can buy a ticket all the way around if they have spare seats on each sector. Myself and Loran did this a few years ago.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:35 pm

Quoting HAM (Reply 40):
EP-IAC is back in the air! Performed flight IR 814 IKA-KUL tonight.

Just for the benefit of those who hope to fly on it: I saw it at IKA last Friday, 25 July, as it pushed back just after TK 870 had parked at the gate.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:03 pm

IIRC, someone (Sören, perhaps?) has been on Berjaya's Dash 7 from SZB to TOD. I'm currently hoping for several stars to align, which would allow me to fly that route - the catch: it'd have to be a day return, arrive at TOD at 14:30 and leave at 14:50 on the same aircraft. Is that even possible?
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:46 am

Quoting aloges (Reply 66):
I'm currently hoping for several stars to align, which would allow me to fly that route

That's great! I hope you can make it happen!

Quoting aloges (Reply 66):
it'd have to be a day return, arrive at TOD at 14:30 and leave at 14:50 on the same aircraft. Is that even possible?

Yes it is, at least from my experience and several others I've read. I've done the same thing (20 minute ground time), although in my case it was the layover when the flight continued onwards to Singapore. I assume this is no longer the case, and the aircraft returns to SZB? In any case, this would only make it easier since you're no longer changing from domestic to international. Berjaya are very accommodating in this situation, just let the ticket counter at SZB know before you check in at Kuala Lumpur. They will not only check you in and print your boarding pass for the second segment, something you can't usually do that early, but they'll also phone Tioman and let them know you're coming.
During your first segment, make sure to introduce yourself to the pilots as an aviation enthusiast. They will let you ride in the cockpit on the second segment.

PlymSpotter has done the same, Dan can you confirm?

Good luck!
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:38 pm

Thanks hugely for that information! Unfortunately, the business trip that would have taken me to KL has fallen through, but that doesn't mean it won't ever happen.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:48 pm

I might get another trip to DEN confirmed, fingers crossed, and I'm wondering if anyone has experience with the UAex (SkyWest) EMB-120 service to PUB. Would it be feasible to take the morning flight, spend a few hours at the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and then fly back to DEN in the afternoon? Theoretically, it should be easy, but I don't know if it could mean asking for a delay and/or cancellation.

Additionally, is there a cheap(ish) way to score a Great Lakes Beech 1900Ds out of DEN, preferably on a same-day return?
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:22 am

Any updates on Bolivia?

Which aircraft types does TAM use on their scheduled flights at the moment?
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:24 pm

Just coming back from a 2 week trip and can update on a few items:


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Flew 4 sectors on this beauty on a daytrip to Victoria Falls (HRE-BUQ-VFA-BUQ-HRE). Super friendly staff and I could fly one leg in the cockpit. Also, Z-WPB had the by far loudest JT8 engines I have every experienced on a 732, not sure if they were non-hushkitted or what the reason was. An increadibly loud blast. Btw, Z-WPA is currently in a C-check and will come out very soon, so no immediate danger of A320s or ERJs like last year.


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Flew 2 sectors on this 762 in the classic livery. It flies every day in the morning HRE-JNB and return in the evening. Same as on the 732, very friendly staff, photos were no problem. The overall Air Zimbabwe experience is just great, they still have hand written signs, locals wear their suits to travel, plus the classic UM livery, it brings you back into the 70ies (albeit 80ies-built aircraft).


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For every one who is also interested in sub-versions. QF flies the 747-400(ER) every day between BNE and SYD as a tech stop of the inbound DFW service. But I just saw this flight will change to A380s soon, however since the QF non-ER 747s are retiring soon there will at some stage only be the 6x ER versions left.


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One of the most difficult aircraft to catch. First of all the only 75M built, and on top RA still operates in the 90ies when it comes to online presence. I have a reliable travel agent in KUL who did all the bookings through the local RA office. Their tail-number-based schedule turned out to be pure theory, the aircraft are rotating freely in the schedule. I was just lucky to have flown 9N-ACB on my first leg KUL-KTM, and 9N-ACA on the return. Originally I had booked KUL-KTM-HKG, but RA cancelled the HKG flight two weeks ago 'due to maintenance' so I ended up flying KUL-KTM-KUL. On-board was great, got upgraded twice to business and the RA crew treated me nicely (I was the only non-Nepalese on both flights). Can't say the same for the locals, they got rather treated like cattle. Everyone who is interested in this one, there is no reliable info when their A320s will arrive. So I would hurry up because the 757s are pretty worn down already (built 1987 and 1988).


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The RJ 342 flies AMM-BKK-KUL-BKK-AMM on Fridays at the moment. Tickets are affordable at around USD 200 o/w, and there were only 13 other pax joining the BKK-KUL sector (transit pax remained on-board in BKK). RJ operates a 100% Thai cabin crew on this sector.


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Flew EP-IAC yesterday KUL-IKA which was great. Homa class was just about USD 100 on top and worth every cent. Y was full so they put some pax in the upper deck. On my previous two flights on EP-IAA the upper deck was blocked for staff and security. Needless to say the IR staff was exceptional and the service was great. Just the transfer in IKA was a bit frustrating. I had a pdf boarding pass for my LH connection to FRA but they just didn't let me go through the transit point. So I had to wait 6h until the LH check-in opened at 1am until someone got a boarding pass for me. I was hoping I can spend the 9h transit in the LH contracted lounge which didn't materialize.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:17 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 71):
Just the transfer in IKA was a bit frustrating.

Loran, thanks a lot for your updates! I'm very excited as I'm booked on pretty much exactly the same combination you were, 747 SP on KUL-IKA and then connecting to Lufthansa to Frankfurt. So I was under the impression with a German passport it might sometimes be possible to get a visa on arrival. Do you have any info on this? Have you tried this?

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:58 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 71):
however since the QF non-ER 747s are retiring soon there will at some stage only be the 6x ER versions left.

Just a heads up that QF will actually be keeping 9 744s. 3 late-1990s vintage non-ERs will remain in the fleet. While 9 is a small fleet they'll be around for a long time, basically indefinitely. 2020 at the earliest.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:12 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 72):

I did get two visas-on-arrival in 2009 and 2010, haven't been there since then. I think it still works for German passports, but I'd do some online research upfront. I saw many pax getting visas-on-arrival while spending the 6h there, so why not give it a try. A few got it within 10 mins, one Chinese pax holds the record with over 2h of bureaucracy.

However it wouldn't surprise me if the visa officer will decline your request since your purpose of travel is transiting. All visas-on-arrival applicants have to provide hotel names, itineraries, etc. which you won't have. But you can always try.
If you can't get a visa, there is a little segragated section below the stairs for transit pax with 3 lounge chairs and milk-glass walls. You can hang out there and have some sleep.

Also, make sure you have your LH online checkin boardingpass printed to avoide the hassles I had. Chances should be good that you can pass the transit point with it, although it wouldn't surprise me if they don't accept OLCI boardingpasses.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 73):

Interesting info, thanks. Assume these are VH-OJS, OJT, and OJU (and maybe OEB?). Makes sense since these are still relatively young. Still chances will be good to catch the ER versions during this time, basically 2 to 1.

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EDIT: Re the RJ A342, I was meant to say that the USD 200 o/w fare are only for the sector BKK-KUL.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:47 am

Quoting Loran (Reply 74):
VH-OJS, OJT, and OJU

  

Quoting Loran (Reply 74):
Still chances will be good to catch the ER versions during this time, basically 2 to 1

The chances are good, but with SYD-DFW going A380 (and MEL-LAX going all-A380 several years ago) there are no longer any routes that require the ER's range. Therefore the ER and non-ER fleets are all going to be mixed up on every route.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:19 am

While not airliners, does the Confederate/Commemorate Air Force give rides in their bombers? The B-17 and B-29? Those are practically the definition of rare and classic aircraft!
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Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:16 pm

Anybody heard anything on a KLM MD-11 enthusiasts flight, or it being put on a short-haul sector? There were people mentioning that they were going to get in touch with KLM about the idea in other threads but have not heard anything about it since.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:52 pm

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 76):
While not airliners, does the Confederate/Commemorate Air Force give rides in their bombers? The B-17 and B-29? Those are practically the definition of rare and classic aircraft!

Yes, the CAF, Collings Foundation, and a few other warbird organizations all "sell" rides. Technically you're making a donation to the organization and they "let" you ride, but that's just a legal loophole. Reference the following, among others:

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_flightexperiences.htm
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http://www.warbirdadventures.com/flights
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In Canada, the Warplane Heritage Museum (Hamilton, ON) has some super-rare aircraft at surprisingly affordable prices. They offer rides in things such as a Lancaster, Catalina, Lysander, and a Fairey Firefly.

http://www.warplane.com/visit-cwhm/vintage-aircraft-flights.aspx
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Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:10 pm

This might be something for those that happen to be in the region...

http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...egins-offering-private-jet-flights
 
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Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:39 pm

Hi all,

I've noted some EMB-120 action around Budapest and Rijeka on Wikipedia. Flights are suposed to be operated by trade air and Budapest aircraft services. Does anyone know if I can book these flights somewhere? Trade Air has a booking engine online but doesn't display any flights.

Perhaps any other EMB-120 flights in Europe? Your help is appreciated!
 
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Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:44 pm

As far as I know there is a Budapest Air Service Embraer 120 flying on behalf of Intersky out of Graz or Salzburg. Am not exactly sure whether that is still the case but would be worth researching.

Trade Air does indeed have a booking engine on its website http://www.trade-air.com/Booking and their flights should be operated by Embraer 120s of Budapest Air Service and are very cheap. But maybe it´s worth dropping them a line to check whether or not it´s really an Embraer. Let us know!
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:57 pm

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 80):
Perhaps any other EMB-120 flights in Europe? Your help is appreciated!

Air Moldova (Tandem Aero) still operates their EM2 on some routes (KIV-OTP, for instance).
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:26 am

Quoting BritishB747 (Reply 77):

Anybody heard anything on a KLM MD-11 enthusiasts flight

That's a great question. A must for anyone that can afford it.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:42 am

Definitely fly Tandem Aero (bookable via Air Moldova), they fly a lot of regional routes. I took them from KBP, and Moldova is worth the visit
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:06 pm

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 84):

Well, exactly two.

Chisinau - Bucharest and Chisinau - Kiev.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:40 pm

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 80):

Trade Air is flying the 120 on behalf of Croatia on the Zagreb-Osijek route. Fridays it's doing a rather intersting ZAG-RJK-SPU-DBV-RJK after the morning flight from Osijek. Sundays it's returning RJK-ZAG before operating the afternoon flight back to OSI.

Flights are bookable with Croatia Airlines and veeeery affordable (OSI-ZAG-RJK for examples is starting at ~47 EUR)!
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:40 pm

Thanks for all the help on the Embraer 120 so far. I'm considering the Air Moldova option KIV-OTP sometime this winter. One way tickets are very affordable at 59 euro. I've always wanted to see Chisinau anyway.

Some flights over Croatia are also very attractive. I will keep you up to date about my final plans.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:22 pm

Anyone know of any EMB-110 still operational (preferably in Europe) ?
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:24 am

Quoting MH017 (Reply 88):

Just had a look and realised that the EMB-110 has become very rare in scheduled services. I was lucky to fly one of the last ones with Insel Air in Nov 2013. In the June update of the airlineroutemappertool, I could only find the following:
- Air Rarotonga
- Air Creebec (Canada)
- TAG Airlines (Guatemala)
- Meta Airlines (Brazil)
- ABJ Abaete Airlines (Brazil)

None in Europe left it appears. China Eastern still incorrectly uploads their ERJ flights ex-Wuhan as 'EMB' equipment.

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 70):
Any updates on Bolivia?

Which aircraft types does TAM use on their scheduled flights at the moment?

I was sad to hear from our Bolivian freinds that FAB-111 (727-200) has been retired about 3 months ago. So there are no more 727s left in South America. Assume they currently use their 732s, 733s, 146s for scheduled services. I am still due to nail their CASA in the lowlands, there were attempts to replace them with J-31/32s, but it appears this has failed so far.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:52 pm

Speaking of Bolivia, TAM apparently retired their MA-60s although Boliviana is getting theirs quite soon, so that would be a good reason to visit. TAM´s Convair 580 also seems to be flying again. Does anybody know more? Too bad to hear about their 727, I had a lovely flight on it last year and was planning to go there again.
 
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Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:31 pm

Flew the Emb110 in Feb from Aruba to Curacao..not the most comfortable of rides, but worth it for the type. If you sit in the back left seat, beside the cargo door that overlaps into the pax cabin, you can see clear blue sky inbetween the door and frame..who needs air con, eh?!  

I would seriously be up for a Bolivia trip sometime next year, and even more so if we could arrange a small group from on here to go?
 
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Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:36 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 89):
Just had a look and realised that the EMB-110 has become very rare in scheduled services. I was lucky to fly one of the last ones with Insel Air in Nov 2013. In the June update of the airlineroutemappertool, I could only find the following:
- Air Rarotonga
- Air Creebec (Canada)
- TAG Airlines (Guatemala)
- Meta Airlines (Brazil)
- ABJ Abaete Airlines (Brazil)

Saw a recent movie on Youtube about the Cubana AN-158 taking off from NAS/Bahamas...there was a C6-registered EMB-110 in the background with a yellow tail...any ideas of the airline ? seemed operational  
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Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:41 am

Hi guys,

I'm working on getting my Iran trip arranged for October, flying through Dubai. I am thinking about flying Iranian airlines between DXB and THR. Iran Air I should be able to book online, or via the Amsterdam Office, so that doesn't seem to be a problem. Mahan Air seems to be able to be booked online as well (?) but is significantly more expensive (EUR410 vs EUR260) so I'll leave that option.

Does anyone have any good options for booking with Iran Asseman or cheaper options with Mahan?

I'm also looking for a hotel in Teheran for the first two nights, does anyone have any experiences?

Many thanks!

Jurgen
 
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Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:17 pm

An enthusiast flight on a VIP-configured Cello 146 will be operating next month, from Birmingham to Dublin, seats are strictly limited on this (46, I think). Full details, and the official announcement for it to come later today or tomorrow
 
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Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:43 pm

Quoting JRadier (Reply 93):
I'm also looking for a hotel in Teheran for the first two nights, does anyone have any experiences?

I have stayed at the Parsian Kowsar recently, which was perfectly fine - just for one night, though, so I can't say I had a lot of experience. Central location, decent rooms and air conditioning, a "taxi station" right there in the hotel and the breakfast was fine even during Ramadan. The company that sent me there had booked it through a German site (IIRC), which made it more expensive than it needed to be, and the staff recommended that I book any further stays through the website of the hotel chain: http://www.parsianhotels.com

My taxi back to the airport (IKA) was 600,000 Rials (plus 50,000 for the a/c   ) and I guess it would have been the same on the way into the city. Remember to bring cash as you won't be able to use your cards; most recently I got 41,000 Rials for €1 at an change office in Tehran proper. In case you haven't come across that fact (yet), the Iranians tend to use the unit "toman", one of which is the same as 10 Rials.

What else... if you're thinking of bringing back caviar, you can get it at the airport duty free store for an arm, a leg and a lung and/or kidney depending on their condition - which translates to roughly €90 for a small tin.
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Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:14 am

aaaand here it is, full details to be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AirlinerExperience
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:58 am

Quoting MH017 (Reply 92):
there was a C6-registered EMB-110 in the background with a yellow tail...any ideas of the airline ?

Probably Cat Island Air, though they dont seem to have a website. Have 3 on last count.

Kenn Borek in Canada also have 4, though I believe at least 3 are stored and I dont think there is any easy way to get on any of their flights unless you are an oil worker, miner or geologist...

Update from western Canada, 8P have two Goose seaplanes in service this summer. Seems it is confirmed that 4N are indeed phasing out the HS748 next year but will retain two for charters.
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Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:42 pm

Just enjoyed a ride in this bird whilst in the wonderful San Juans:

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)

Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:11 pm

BREAKING NEWS
(very very sad news...)
The Iran Air 747SP will be retired before the end of the year!
See: http://www.airevents.de
I flew on EP-IAC yesterday from KUL to IKA and today I read the news. So sad...

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