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Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:27 pm

Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience


http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/35.JPG

This is a photo trip report focus on a rare and interesting type An-74 operation in Iran. Pouya Air operates these An-74 converted from cargo on behalf of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corp. It has started operations a few weeks ago and currently flies from Tehran to Mashhad, Ilam, Sharoud and Kermanshah. Ticket is only available inside Iran.
Tehran to Mashhad is currently the busiest airway inside Iran with a flight every 15 minutes or so. Mashhad is a holy Shiite city with 60 million + pilgrims going there every year. It is strategically located in NW of Iran bordering Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

This flight has been the highlight of my Iran Aviation Tour 2015, which will be cover on a separate trip report later.

The trip can be viewed on Youtube in video format with some lovely Persian tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEgw2tpvhNc



Flight PYA2350

THR MHD
0820 1000
Flying time 1hr 30mins
FL27000
43 Pax +crew, capacity 48


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Converted cargo cabin with 12 rows of leather seats. Generous leg room. Row 1,2,11,12 has window view.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/4.JPG

My Afghan seatmate.

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Ready to depart from Rwy 29L. Like An-124 or IL-76 it require some warm up on the engines so we sat at the end of runway for 2-3 minutes of engine run with beautiful noise plus full vibration in the cabin. You can see this on video.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/6.JPG

Some of the military ramp view with B707, B747-100 etc.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/8.JPG

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Interesting interior and call button.

There is camera display on large LCD screen. Excellent IFE.

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Row 11 has the best leg room.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/13.JPG

Inflight service started after we reach cruising altitude.

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You always get free inflight meal on domestic flight inside Iran.

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Interesting blind concept.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/18.JPG

Our whole group of 23 aviation enthusiast was invited to visit the cockpit one by one and I was able to join the crew for landing inside the cockpit. It was a very quick nosedive descend, (quite common in Iran) as to make up some lost time. The crew were extremely easy going and accommodating. Please see the video of landing from the cockpit into Mashhad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEgw2tpvhNc

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/19.JPG

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/20A.JPG



PYA2351
MHD THR
1100 1240
Flight time 1hr40mins
FL28000
43pax+ crew




Our whole group in front of the An-74

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/21.JPG

Smiling ticket agent

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It’s time to re-board to fly back to Tehran.

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View from Row 2 window seat

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Iran Air catering.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/26.JPG

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Row 1 and 2 is reverse facing. Very cosy.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/28.JPG

Flight attendant is very friendly, we clearly love our aviator sunglasses.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/29.JPG

Mashhad is 469 miles from Tehran, the flight took about 1h 30mins cruising at around 730km/h.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/30.JPG

Arrival into Tehran huge metropolis. A sight to behold.

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Everyone is very happy to fly the An-74 include normal Iranian passenger.

http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/33.JPG

Goodbye!

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http://samchuiphotos.com/An74/35.JPG



In short, we have an awesome flight with such a rare exotic plane. We couldn’t ask for anymore. You can tell from all the smiley faces. Not only Iran presents great aviation opportunity, the people are the warmest and always helpful to foreigners making our experiences there truly unforgettable. My heart is still in Iran!


The trip can be viewed on Youtube in video format with some lovely Persian tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEgw2tpvhNc



Thank you

Sam Chui

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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:55 pm

Very cool report! How did the non-enthusiasts deal with not having windows at every row?
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:41 pm

Hi Sam.

What an odd looking aircraft. I must say, it is amazing how you manage to duscover these gems and introduce them to us. Seeing that is an old cargo aircraft made me think back to how after WWII airlines in Britain used converted bombers.

Good to see the crew and ground staff were welcoming and that even ordinary passengers were willing to be photographed. Looks like you had a good flight.

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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:48 am

Great report Sam, how did you manage to get window seats both times ???
 
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:00 am

Great trip on a very unusual aircraft !!!

Some a-neters would love the windowless aircraft...LOL

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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:27 pm

As others have said I am always interested in your reports for their quality content and some of the unique aircraft and locales you have visited. Good stuff!
 
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:03 pm

Great report, Sam!

May I ask about the price for your return tickets?
 
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:32 am

Quoting Marvinhsv (Reply 6):

It cost about 120 dollars roundtrip   Cheaper than many tasteless A320 or B737 ride  
Quoting woody1974 (Reply 5):
As others have said I am always interested in your reports for their quality content and some of the unique aircraft and locales you have visited. Good stuff!
Quoting theredbaron (Reply 4):
Great trip on a very unusual aircraft !!!

Thank you

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 3):
Great report Sam, how did you manage to get window seats both times ???

I didn't ask , they just gave me! 
Quoting WPIAeroGuy (Reply 1):
Very cool report! How did the non-enthusiasts deal with not having windows at every row?

Didn't seem to bother many.

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 2):

What an odd looking aircraft. I must say, it is amazing how you manage to duscover these gems and introduce them to us. Seeing that is an old cargo aircraft made me think back to how after WWII airlines in Britain used converted bombers.

Good to see the crew and ground staff were welcoming and that even ordinary passengers were willing to be photographed. Looks like you had a good flight.

Thank you


Sam
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:43 pm

Great report!

Question: is EP-PUC their only An-74 converted to pax or have the other two An-74's (EP-PUA and EP-PUB) been converted as well?
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:26 am

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 8):
Question: is EP-PUC their only An-74 converted to pax or have the other two An-74's (EP-PUA and EP-PUB) been converted as well?

One of them is EP-PUM. Not sure the other one reg.

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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:39 am

Another excellent report on an unusual aircraft and airline.
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:01 pm

Great report Sam, loved every detail!

Regards
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:39 pm

Sam

Great report. Tehran is so big I didnt realise
 
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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:22 pm

Hilarious leg room they have... I smiled when reading your report!


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RE: Pouya Air Antonov 74 Passenger Flight Experience

Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:40 am

One of a kind TR  

Thanks for posting!
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