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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:41 am

Ref. Iran Air, the 747SP still flies on their long haul Asian routes, and after chatting to the crew in flight a couple of weeks ago, will do for a while yet!   The 742 is mostly a spare aircraft for when the SP is in the hanger. One way tickets can be bought for as little as £260/€300-ish

For those wanting to fly the Let410 i recommend booking one of 3 daily flights (2 at weekends) from the Isle of Man to my home city of Belfast. It is the cheapest and most frequent service, with many connecting flight options available.
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:38 am

Quoting ek241yyz (Reply 48):
As for Iran Air, not sure if mentioned, but they fly a 747-200 there to KUL now. Does anyone know how much would regular cheapest fare would be with them roundtrip? This is a 2016 goal for me.

No, EP-IAC (747 SP) will continue flying the KUL route for a bit longer. The 742 is currently flying Hajj with a few domestic positioning sectors, but not bookable unfortunately. I wouldn't bet that either of the two 747s are still flying in 2016, the Asian routes could also be covered by their A300/A310s.

Quoting ek241yyz (Reply 48):
In Cuba, check out Aerogaviota and their An-24/26s. They also have a Mil-8 in the fleet but I don't know what the heck they use that for.

The An-26 flies to UPB-CYO for example. I have been on it 2 years ago. The Mi-8 flies several times weekly VRA-TND as part of a daytrip package. Have done it, too, highly recommended. It also flew VRA-CYO in 2012.

Quoting ek241yyz (Reply 48):
Conviasa still has 737-200s derping up and about.

No, Conviasa has retired all 732s. They now fly 733s and ERJs. However Rutaca and Avior should still have a handful of 732s, but not for much longer I fear.

Quoting ek241yyz (Reply 48):
Kosmos and Alrosa in Russia still haul around their old trijet Tupolevs

I think neither of the two are bookable? But Gazpromavia, Katekavia and one or two others should be doable.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:20 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 47):
Okay, but did he book the reservation online before, and just showed up when checking in and paid for it?


Also would you mind asking him if it is possible to do an immediate return. Looking to fly WAW-IEG-WAW with a 35 minute stop.

No reservation was made before, he just booked and paid at the ticket desk.

He doesn't have info as to whether an immediate return is possible. If I were you I'd call/email and I'm sure you'd be able to sort something out.

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 50):
One way tickets can be bought for as little as £260/€300-ish

How are you getting these prices? The cheapest I can find KUL-IKA is around £475 and that seems to be pretty steady. I've got a nice three and a half day trip planned with some interesting stuff (including this IR leg) but not sure I can justify the cost as it currently stands!

On another note, if I were to go ahead with this jaunt, what're the chances of aircraft changes? I'd be booking KUL-IKA which on the IR website says it's operated by the SP and IKA-HAM which is quoted as being an A310 (also on my hit list).

A bit late to the IR classic party but better late than never!
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:25 pm

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 52):
How are you getting these prices? The cheapest I can find KUL-IKA is around £475 and that seems to be pretty steady. I've got a nice three and a half day trip planned with some interesting stuff (including this IR leg) but not sure I can justify the cost as it currently stands!

On another note, if I were to go ahead with this jaunt, what're the chances of aircraft changes? I'd be booking KUL-IKA which on the IR website says it's operated by the SP and IKA-HAM which is quoted as being an A310 (also on my hit list).

A bit late to the IR classic party but better late than never!

Try writing to [email protected] They recently gave me similar prices to those mentioned by opticalilyushin.
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:29 pm

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 52):
How are you getting these prices? The cheapest I can find KUL-IKA is around £475 and that seems to be pretty steady.

I flew KUL-IKA 6 months ago in Business and it was MYR 2'300 includes taxes (~USD 644).
If you want more details PM me and I will pass you on the details of my travel agent.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:11 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 53):
Try writing to [email protected] They recently gave me similar prices to those mentioned by opticalilyushin.
Quoting Loran (Reply 54):
I flew KUL-IKA 6 months ago in Business and it was MYR 2'300 includes taxes (~USD 644).
If you want more details PM me and I will pass you on the details of my travel agent.

Regards,
Loran

Thanks folks. I went to the IR office here in Hamburg and spoke to someone today. Prices alot more reasonable (in fact, cheap!) and would've booked there and then if their systems were working. Will try again tomorrow!

On another note, I'll have 12 hours in IKA which is extremely daunting. If I book in J, is there a lounge I can spend the time in or will I be stuck between security check points? The agent in the IR office plans to book KUL-IKA-HAM all on one ticket, so presumably I'll be able to check in all the way through to HAM in KUL and get my boarding pass there and then.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:52 pm

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 55):

Yes, there is one lounge at IKA. Its not great but ok to spend a few hours.

I miserably failed to spend my 9hrs transfer there. Instead, I had to wait 6 hrs downstairs on the metal benches near the visa-on-arrival desk and wait until the LH checkin opened. Very frustrating, but my own fault because I hadn't printed my LH boardingpass after checking-in online (pdf on a mobile phone was not accepted).

If the IR check-in in KUL will check you all the way through to HAM, then you will be ok. If not, after arriving in IKA, an IR agent will come and take your passport and walk away, in my case for 6hrs until he returned with a boarding pass! Probably depends if IR has a dedicated check-in desk per flight/destination, or if a check-in desk handles all flights even well in advance. Maybe the HAM office can advise how this works?

I'd definitely go for biz, had cost me only USD 150 more than Y and was worth every cent.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:07 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 49):

Ah yes, thank you for the correction.

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
The An-26 flies to UPB-CYO for example. I have been on it 2 years ago. The Mi-8 flies several times weekly VRA-TND as part of a daytrip package. Have done it, too, highly recommended. It also flew VRA-CYO in 2012.

Woah! Where and how did you book it?

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
No, EP-IAC (747 SP) will continue flying the KUL route for a bit longer. The 742 is currently flying Hajj with a few domestic positioning sectors, but not bookable unfortunately. I wouldn't bet that either of the two 747s are still flying in 2016, the Asian routes could also be covered by their A300/A310s.

I better hurry ...up than.

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 50):
Ref. Iran Air, the 747SP still flies on their long haul Asian routes, and after chatting to the crew in flight a couple of weeks ago, will do for a while yet!   The 742 is mostly a spare aircraft for when the SP is in the hanger. One way tickets can be bought for as little as £260/€300-ish

You think it'll still be doing rounds to and from KUL in May 2015? Than I guess I can't wait for 2016...damn.
Does anyone know the best location, whether I have to email or call them, to efficiently get Iran air tickets? I can't seem to find something here in Toronto where I live.
I just hope their visa restrictions on Canadians aren't that bad...
I'm actually up for this.
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:31 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
I think neither of the two are bookable? But Gazpromavia, Katekavia and one or two others should be doable.

They are, but not sure how I'll ask. Katekavia is way too far off mid Russia I think. If someone wants to fly Tu154s, I'd think Kosmos or Alrosa are the way to go.
I thought Gazpromavia has more Yak42s to fly not Tupolev trijets. Now, if we're talking Yak 42 rides, I suggest going from DME to IJK with Izhavia. Round trip 150 euros approx~.

Also, another russian thought. From NNM, flies the sole Il-18 pax aircraft in service in the world. NPP Mir the airline is called. If anyone knows how/where to book please let me know, I'll for sure bring a souvenir for you if I manage to actually fly it in the near future  
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:35 am

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 52):
No reservation was made before, he just booked and paid at the ticket desk.

He doesn't have info as to whether an immediate return is possible. If I were you I'd call/email and I'm sure you'd be able to sort something out.

I have contacted and sorted out my tickets. Flying WAW-IEG-WAW with an immediate return on MAR6. Even got their student price, so all in was about €43.
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:46 pm

Quoting ek241yyz (Reply 58):
Also, another russian thought. From NNM, flies the sole Il-18 pax aircraft in service in the world. NPP Mir the airline is called. If anyone knows how/where to book please let me know, I'll for sure bring a souvenir for you if I manage to actually fly it in the near future  

You can fly the IL-18 in North Korea much easier!

And a friend of mine flew in an IL-18 in Tanzania last week. But this wasn't a scheduled flight. It just "happened" and he asked right on the apron if he could get in and attend the flight.
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:34 am

i will fly IR from KUL to IkA in business for 498 euro on 21 march
Then i will connect to EK to DXB
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:08 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
A340-500
Quoting Loran (Reply 5):
AZAL, Etihad, Arik Air. Emirates I thought was as good as gone by now.

Anyone know where AZAL flies the A345 too? I see they own two A345 and one A346, but when you go through the booking process it only shows "A340" - not which model.
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:46 am

Quoting seat64k (Reply 62):
Anyone know where AZAL flies the A345 too? I see they own two A345 and one A346, but when you go through the booking process it only shows "A340" - not which model.

JFK. Their A346 is a VIP aircraft I think.
 
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Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:49 pm

I am tempted by the Belavia 154 GVA-MSQ in May. Got a price of $300 which doesn't seem too bad. However does anyone know what sort of visa/cost of visa I would need for Belarus and Ukraine (cheapest flight back is via Kiev). If I stay within the airport do I require a visa?
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:15 pm

The first two weeks of june I will probably be in Russia. According to the DME schedule their are Alrosa Tu-154 scheduled flights to Polyarnyj. I hope Cosmos will reactivate their last two Tu-154's for the summer. But for me another flight with Gazpromavia Tu-154 is the main target. On agent.ru or Sirena2000 their are a couple of flights with the type. For example on Monday 8 june Tyumen-Yamburg and Yamburg-Ufa. But they are not bookable ? That is often the case with Gazpromavia flights. Why on the schedule on both websites ? Hope to catch one with their latest livery. During this visit I will also have two Centre-Yug Tu-134 options. On Monday 1 june Samara-Ufa and on Wednesday 10 june Ufa-Naryan-Mar and back. No problems with booking this type. About the Tu-154 flights in june all suggestions are welcome.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:26 pm

BritishB747,

Transit in Minsk is easy, and no visas are required. When you check in at GVA, you will receive both boarding passes with Belavia. Upon landing you walk into the terminal, and speak to a member of airport staff, show them your boarding pass and explain that you are in transit. They will guide you through corridors and stairwells and leave you in departures. It is not signposted, but it is allowed. As a bit of advice I would recommend you don't plan too long a layover in Minsk..the departures area is great if you want to buy vodka or cigarettes, but there is little else to do there.

For Ukraine, if like me you are on a British passport you will not need a visa. You can also transit there (thereby definitely not needing a visa), and the terminal at Borispol is much nicer, or you can go through to check in and get a nice Ukrainian passport stamp  

If you have spare time, go and explore Kiev, it is a beautiful city, it's very safe, and at the current conversion rates for the Ukranian Hrvyna, it's very cheap!!!
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:15 pm

Quoting BritishB747 (Reply 64):
I am tempted by the Belavia 154 GVA-MSQ in May. Got a price of $300 which doesn't seem too bad. However does anyone know what sort of visa/cost of visa I would need for Belarus and Ukraine (cheapest flight back is via Kiev). If I stay within the airport do I require a visa?

As for a Belarus visa, it's pretty easy for UK passport holders. I paid £75 for the "express" service which took 5 working days. I think the regular 10 day service is £50. All the info you need is here: http://uk.mfa.gov.by/en/consular_issues/visas/

I love having visas in my passport but unfortunately the only way you can tell it's Belarus is in tiny lettering in the hologram!

[Edited 2015-02-16 10:16:41]
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:25 pm

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 66):
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 67):

Thanks guys. Gives me a few things to plan now. A stop overnight in Kiev may be a better idea than heading straight back to the UK. Have a look at somewhere new. If I do have to spend £50 on a visa for Belarus I am sure it will be money well spent to get the pleasure of flying the Tu-154. Will have to check the finances to see if I am just going to see it or fly on it.

Thanks again,

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:50 pm

If your plan is to simply fly the Tu154, and you have no intentions to enter Belarus, then you could just book something like Geneva - Minsk - Kiev on one ticket with Belavia, no visa required, and you just transit in Minsk for a few hours. I did look into the visa process for Belarus and personally found it too much of a headache, but others may have had a different experience.
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:08 pm

The Visa process is a headache but I will enjoy the Merlin Belarus tour end of may and continue the trip to Russia. A couple of Centre-Yug Tu-134 flights, maybe the Gazpromavia or Alrosa Tu-154 (Polyarnyj from DME or Novosibirsk). Certainly the Superjet, AN-24/26, Yak-40/42, Tu-204 and finally the Transaero Tu-214 to Tivat. Maybe the last great trip of a lifetime. Maybe the last magical mystery tour ?

[Edited 2015-02-20 15:09:52]
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:17 am

Well, I don't think the Belarus visa process is a headache. At least for Germans (and I doubt it's that much different for other EU countries), a transit visa costs 20€ and I got the visa (by post) in just 5 days. There are far worse visa processes than that one...

[Edited 2015-02-21 02:17:26]
 
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Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:26 am

I can only agree. When I went to Belarus I just applies by regular mail for my Belarus Visa with the Embassy in Bonn and sent the hotel confirmation and that was it. Pretty expensive, but easier than other countries...

Getting on a domestic flight however was much more of a headache. Booked the AN24 with Gomelavia back then from Minsk to Gomel and until 2 hours before departure they did not even knew if the flight would operate and could only buy paper tickets at the airport.
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:39 am

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 69):

I would just like to fly the Tu154 so would be looking to depart within a few hours of arriving in Minsk. However the connection that I looked at was with Ukraine International to Kiev. Would that work as an onward connection or does it have to be one ticket with Belavia?

Quoting crv10b3 (Reply 70):

I am jealous of your trip to Russia. So many different and interesting types. Enjoy it!
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Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:52 pm

SkyEurope and Reifel, indeed for most EU nationalities visas, or visa on arrival is a simple or cheap process for many countries like Iran, Russia or Belarus. For UK citizens it tends to be a more expensive or complicated issue. I'm not sure if it is a reciprocal thing with the countries in question, or if it is down to politics (I suspect the latter).
As an example if I fly to Iran or Russia on my UK passport, the visa is very expensive, I need a lot of paperwork to support the entry to the country, and in the case of Russia I have to visit the embassy to give my biometrics/fingerprints.. spasiba Mr Putin! :/

BritishB747, you can currently book GVA-MSQ-KBP with Belavia for £247 on one ticket, with a 3 hour connection in the terminal, I am actually quite tempted again. I don't see why booking a connection with UIA would not work, but you might want to try and check in online for it, as I don't know if they can get you a boarding pass in Minsk
 
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Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:37 am

Anyone who can give me an updated view on Boeing 737-200 operations in domestic Indonesia, for April-May 2015?
Expressair and Trigana seem to have a few remaining frames active, plying probably on routes around East Indonesia/Sulawesi?

If routes / operators are known, please share as I am trying to fly on one or few more of those smokers.

Thanks
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Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:55 pm

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 75):
Anyone who can give me an updated view on Boeing 737-200 operations in domestic Indonesia, for April-May 2015?
Expressair and Trigana seem to have a few remaining frames active, plying probably on routes around East Indonesia/Sulawesi?

If routes / operators are known, please share as I am trying to fly on one or few more of those smokers.

Thanks
Eric

For Trigana, you probably need to go to Papua and do the Jayapura-Wamena route, at least from what I see from some schedules. When i flew on Trigana last March on the Jakarta-Pangkalanbun route (unfortunately on the B734), the stewardesses told me that the B732 only flies within Papua.

Not sure about XpressAir though, would love some information about them too.
 
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Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:52 pm

Booked with Aurigny GR next month LGW-GCI-ACI

Flights are ATR-72, Do228 and Trislander!

Coming back to LGW on the ERJ-195. A few interesting types for a very short distance.

Gruppo7 (Portuguese contract specialist) is operating more and more of the Trislander flights so it appears the end is nigh for this rare machine so book within the next couple of months if you can.

If you book to depart STN you will fly on the F50 (wet-leased from VLM) so you could fly on yet another nice type.
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:00 am

Quoting yapple (Reply 76):
For Trigana, you probably need to go to Papua and do the Jayapura-Wamena route

Jayapura-Wamena looks more like a route for their ATRs, can a 732 justify?! Not sure if Wamena is a safe place to go for an average traveler... let's see

Are there any operators with 737-200 still around in Java (Semarang maybe?)
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Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:01 pm

About to book CDG-FCO on KU for June 9. Current schedule shows A310 on the route. Anyone know how set their schedule is, or if they often change the a/c type to the A340?
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Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:20 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 79):

That is usually A300 afaik.
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Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:10 pm

Think KU were operating the A310 on that Flight for a while last year too.
 
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Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:01 pm

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 80):
That is usually A300 afaik.
Quoting Tugmaster (Reply 81):
Think KU were operating the A310 on that Flight for a while last year too.

Current schedule shows the flight as operated by the A310. Will go ahead and book it and hope that there wont be an A340 at the gate.
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:08 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
ATP
Only a few left in passenger service, but fortunately the clock is not ticking yet. NextJet of Sweden operates them to their northern destinations and in January 2014 I was told there are no plans to retire them anytime soon. The best bets are the ARN - Arvidsjaur or Vilhelmina / Hemavan rotations.

Just an update on the Nextjet ATP. I've been in contact with their cusomer services today to clarify which aircraft flies which route. I've been told that ALL Arvidsjaur flights are ATP and a mix of ATP and SF340 runs on the Stockholm-Hemavan flights. I booked ARN-AJR for a bargain 1380SEK thanks to youth fares, for later this month.

On another note, does anybody have any idea where I can fly a Saab 2000 from Stockholm Bromma? Trying to find a more interesting route Stockholm - Hamburg but I can't figure out where the 2000's fly. Thanks!
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:21 am

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 83):
On another note, does anybody have any idea where I can fly a Saab 2000 from Stockholm Bromma? Trying to find a more interesting route Stockholm - Hamburg but I can't figure out where the 2000's fly. Thanks!

Bromma is rather useless to get to HAM in any way...

Braathens is flying the S2000 on behalf of SK from ARN to BLL. You could take that flight, get a bus to Kolding or Esbjerg and a train to HAM from there. This is possible "later this month". You could obviously also fly BLL-CPH-HAM, ticking of one of JO's new ATR72-600s - Should all be rather affordable on SK's youth fares

Another option once Air Lituanica is operating VNO-HAM would be ARN-VNO on Braathens, then Air Lituanice on the E175 or bmi E145 to HAM.

Or, if you really want to log BMA, get a oneway BMA-BRU-HAM on SN. No props, but at least an Avro on one of the legs


Edit: I'd do ARN-BLL-CPH-HAM if under 26. On SK's youth fares ARN-BLL is 70€, BLL-CPH-HAM is 74€. Planes: DC Saab 2000, JO AT76, SK or QA CR9. Should be worth it!

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:31 pm

If you want to fly the HS748 NOW is the time to do it. Just flew three sectors with Plymspotter yesterday, a great experience and the crew think the replacement ATRs could be here as early as next month! 
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:04 pm

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 85):
If you want to fly the HS748 NOW is the time to do it. Just flew three sectors with Plymspotter yesterday, a great experience and the crew think the replacement ATRs could be here as early as next month

When I flew with them in May 2012, they said that the HS-748 will be retired within the summer schedule. Heard the same from friends who flew with them in 2013 and 2014. They won't fly forever, but it wouldn't surprise me if they keep going for a bit longer.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 79):
About to book CDG-FCO on KU for June 9. Current schedule shows A310 on the route. Anyone know how set their schedule is, or if they often change the a/c type to the A340?

I flew CMB-KWI-FCO-CDG in January and the planned A300/A310/A310 turned out to be a A310/A300/A300. 100% equipment swap, although I still got both types. Just be prepared for something else showing up at the gate.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:52 pm

One can only hope, Loran. The crew told me they reckoned the ATRs would be along very soon, the cabin crew girl was less sure though
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:08 pm

Quoting dba4u (Reply 84):
Braathens is flying the S2000 on behalf of SK from ARN to BLL.

Many thanks for your reply David, you just made that a whole lot easier for me! I booked the Saab ARN-BLL, then I'll try and grab the Sun Air J31 BLL-DUS then get the train back from DUS.

Thanks again for the info!

On another note, does anyone know of anything interesting to catch in Brazil? Specifically, Rio, Sao Paulo or Manaus?
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:03 am

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 88):
On another note, does anyone know of anything interesting to catch in Brazil? Specifically, Rio, Sao Paulo or Manaus?

Hmm, not much left in this area I think. Can definitely recommend a roundtrip CGH-SDU-CGH or the other way round. I was even able to jumpseat the cockpit during landing at SDU, a nice experience.

Next time I am there I will go for a Bell 206 helicopter ride from Sugarloaf Hill heliport. I know further north are still a few EMB-110s in scheduled services.

If you can make your way to Buenos Aires, there's still the F-28-1000 in scheduled services, I will do it in May. As a bonus you get the rare DHC-6-200, too, which connects nicely to the F-28.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:37 am

Hi!

Going on vacation to Cuba in summer. They might be some rare aircraft, e.g. Antonovs, still in operation.

Which aircraft are in operation? On which routes?

Thank you very much for any information.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:42 am

Hi,

I will be going to AUH/DXB in May.
Will have 3 full days in AUH/DXB and since I have seen the UAE, Oman, BAH and KWI I would lke to try something new.
Either flying to Kish or Teheran. Seems to be almost impossible to buy tickets abroad. Which carriers / rare aircraft to recommend , can I buy on the spot or arrange via a reputable local Travel Agent, and how much to expect for a return flight?

Thanks for all your help
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:41 pm

Quoting dba4u (Reply 84):
Braathens is flying the S2000 on behalf of SK from ARN to BLL.

Just learned AB will start flying TXL-BLL v.v. with Saab 2000's as well: Etihad Regional aircraft !
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:59 pm

Quoting reifel (Reply 91):
I will be going to AUH/DXB in May.
Will have 3 full days in AUH/DXB and since I have seen the UAE, Oman, BAH and KWI I would lke to try something new.
Either flying to Kish or Teheran. Seems to be almost impossible to buy tickets abroad. Which carriers / rare aircraft to recommend , can I buy on the spot or arrange via a reputable local Travel Agent, and how much to expect for a return flight?

IranAir DXB-IKA is nothing special, just an A320.
Mahan DXB-IKA for May has A300s and A310s. Likewise, THR-KIH is A310 in May.
Pretty sure Kish Air's Tu154s are all gone
Domestic Iranian airlines are heavily Airbus and MD80s these days, sadly.

Looking at IranAir and Mahan airfares it'll be around $500-600. But, a travel agents and tours can likely lower that.
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:16 am

Quoting MH017 (Reply 92):

Just learned AB will start flying TXL-BLL v.v. with Saab 2000's as well: Etihad Regional aircraft !


Nice, I am going to Berlin for the Formula E race and was going to drive to Berlin, but this looks like a perfect solution.

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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:33 pm

Quoting tempelhof (Reply 90):
Going on vacation to Cuba in summer. They might be some rare aircraft, e.g. Antonovs, still in operation.

Are you going to Cuba with Cubana's IL-96 from ORY or MAD ?
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:40 pm

Airberlin will also fly the Saab to PRG.
It's operated by Etihad Regional
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:05 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 86):
When I flew with them in May 2012, they said that the HS-748 will be retired within the summer schedule. Heard the same from friends who flew with them in 2013 and 2014. They won't fly forever, but it wouldn't surprise me if they keep going for a bit longer.

Before I booked my Inuvik-Whitehorse HS7 flight for June15, I contacted Air North via their Facebook-page and got a really 'customer friendly' reply: they guaranteed the 748 will still be operated in June15 on this route, but should be replaced by the ATR by Spring2016...it also shows as such on their booking page  
don't throw away tomorrow !
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:16 pm

Istanbul can be a good starting point for the A310, regularly see Mahan Air A310's or A300-600's operated on this route. Also whilst taking off from Istanbul-SAW on 5th March, I saw a Yak 42 parked on the ramp. I couldn't catch who's this was though. (Also saw an all white IL-76 parked on the cargo ramp).
 
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RE: Flying Rare / Classic Aircraft In 2015 (Q1)

Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:36 pm

New (virtual) airline OneJet is flying scheduled services IND-MKE with Hawker Beechcraft 400 starting in April:

http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/3...tions-from-indianapolis-next-month

A quick search on Expedia for a random date revealed a 290$ oneway fare.

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