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Old January 28th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #1041
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UR-CHW got ferried from Tabriz to Arlanda for overhaul. After that it will fly for Iran Air Tours.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #1042
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very good news from Iran!!!

Iran Aseman Airlines Seeks to Buy Used Airbus Planes as Sanctions Bite

Iran Aseman Airlines said it’s in negotiations to buy six used Airbus SAS A320 jetliners from an undisclosed seller to renew its fleet and improve safety in a country where sanctions prohibit the purchase of new aircraft.

The 150-seat planes will replace aging Fokker 100s, Ahmad Khalili, general director of support at the airline’s technical department, said in an interview, adding that details are confidential because of the “sensitivity” of the issue.

“It’s not easy,” Khalili said at an aerospace industry show in Dubai. “The Americans will not allow aircraft exports directly to Iran, so we always have to find ways around it.”

Carriers including Iran Air have struggled to keep planes flying amid international sanctions outlawing the purchase of spare parts and new jetliners from Airbus and Boeing Co. The cost of buying planes is high in the absence of access to foreign banks and export credit agencies, so that Iran Aseman will be forced to pay for the A320s in cash, Khalili said.

Iran Aseman, which operates 30 domestic routes and seven international ones, has 19 Dutch-built Fokker 100s manufactured between 1990 and 1995, according to aviation consultant Ascend.

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The fleet also includes four Boeing 727s, six ATR-72 turboprops from Toulouse, France-based Avions de Transport Regional and two Falcon 20 jets built by Dassault Aviation SA, which is also French, according to the carrier’s website.

Repair and overhaul is performed at the company’s own facility in Iran, and it also has approval for maintenance of Boeing 727 planes registered in the United Arab Emirates from that country’s civil aviation authority, the website says.

Sanctions, imposed by the United Nations Security Council over Iran’s nuclear program, may be contributing to crashes, said Paul Hayes, director of safety at London-based Ascend, which estimates that carriers from the country suffered six fatal incidents from 1.2 million flights in the past decade.

On Jan. 10, a Boeing 727 belonging to national carrier Iran Air crashed near the northern city of Orumiyeh, killing at least 77 people. Iran’s parliament dismissed Roads and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani Feb. 1 after blaming him for failing to improve road and air safety, state-run news agencies reported.

“The accident rate in Iran is poor compared with other developed countries,” Hayes said. “I assume sanctions are causing problems with maintaining and replacing aircraft.”

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons under cover of a nuclear-power program. Iran rejects the charge and says it needs the technology to secure energy for its growing population.

American measures were intensified in July to target foreign suppliers of aviation fuel and other refined oil products to Iran and block access to the U.S. financial system for banks doing business with the country.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...ions-bite.html
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Old February 6th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #1043
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Mahan Air A300-605R



You can see the Lufthansa Business Class seats and also the german sign "Toilette" in the background.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #1044
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1 question i wanna ask. if sanction is the reason, why couldn't Iran develop your own aircraft company? just like how Russia is doing? and why can't you purchase new Russian aircraft instead of buying used boeing/airbus?

oh sorry that are 2 questions…
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Old February 6th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #1045
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They had new Russian aircraft on order before Pratt and Whitney invested in main Russian aircraft engine maker and said that they would not allow exports to Iran.
Iran cant just set up commercial aircraft and engine manufacturers on its own. The USA and the Soviet Union were superpowers when they did and Airbus is made in many different countries, as are almost all aircraft now.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #1046
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Photos from around IKA:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21125102

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/96580

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/24625268
Bus and taxi station:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/45065016
Three hangars and cargo terminal:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/47102744
New IranAir hangar at IKA:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/45065062

In the picture you can see one of two ex Thai A300-600 that are apparently to be scrapped in Iran.

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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #1047
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thx for the pictures:-)



US sanctions hold up Iran Air engine failure probe


Swedish investigators have revealed how an inquiry into an Iranian Airbus departure incident at Stockholm Arlanda was delayed by several months as a result of US Government sanctions against Iran.

The Iran Air A300-600's left-hand General Electric CF6-80 engine suffered a violent internal failure 300m (980ft) into the twinjet's take-off roll on runway 19. The A300 veered to the left and came off the runway, becoming embedded in soft ground.

But while the incident occurred on 16 January 2010, the Swedish investigation commission SHK states that the examination of the engine could not begin until November.

"Due to the US embargo on the state of Iran, there was however a considerable delay, whereby Lufthansa and General Electric were obliged to request dispensations to be issued by the USA in respect of the investigation," it says.

Lufthansa Technik had been recruited to the inquiry as an authorised servicing company for the affected powerplant.

Initial indications suggest that the failure sequence began in a small space between the rear of the diffusor housing and the first-stage turbine disk.

"Parts were thrown out into the primary air duct and struck the first-stage turbine blades," says SHK. "Parts that were broken off from these blades, in turn, damaged the blades and guide vanes in the subsequent turbine stages in an expanding cone whereby major resultant damage was caused."

SHK states that it is performing metallurgical analysis of parts including shattered fragments of the aft diffuser seal, which had been previously repaired.

The incident occurred in wintry conditions and the runway was wet, with frost. As the A300 veered left, the crew reduced the power on both engines and applied full rudder about one second after the failure. Braking was also applied, but no reverse thrust.

Information from the flight-data recorder shows the left engine's speed dropped from 102% of N1 to 40% of N1 in just two seconds, whereas the right engine - which was throttled back manually - took 12 seconds to fall to the same level.

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Old February 11th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #1048
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EP-IAG made its testflight after D-Check!

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Old February 12th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #1049
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any update on Tehran metro's extention to IKA?
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Old February 12th, 2011, 07:43 PM   #1050
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Incident: Aseman F100 at Zahedan on Feb 10th 2011, could not retract gear


An Iran Aseman Fokker 100, registration EP-ASR performing flight EP-3825 from Zahedan to Mashhad (Iran), returned to Zahedan for a safe landing after the airplane could not retract its landing gear.

The aircraft was subsequently removed from service for repairs.


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Old February 12th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #1051
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Iran Trip Report - 2009

Just posted my reports with photos from my visit to Iran in 2009 on Airliners.net... Links if you're interested are:
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ad.main/184552

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ad.main/184554

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ad.main/184604
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Old February 13th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #1052
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Thanks YYZHYD! Sorry to hear about those stupid guys at security. They sound worse than US security! Was the Saha Air flight a last minute alternative arrangement? How was accommodation?
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any update on Tehran metro's extention to IKA?
Still nowhere near the airport. I think what will end up happening is they will have an electrified extention of the mainline railway to the airport as the main lines heading south from Tehran already pass very near it and these are planned to be electrified anyway.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 04:02 PM   #1053
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Your welcome, glad you enjoyed them.

Yes, it seems airport security people were a little overzealous.

The accomodations during our stay were quite nice. I didn't have unrealistic expectations of Four Seasons or Fairmont levels of service going in. However, the bed linens were spotless, bathrooms very neat and clean... those are the most important aspects of any room... the rest is just gravy.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:25 PM   #1054
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News from Iran:


- Caspian Airlines is going to buy 5 737-400/500

- Ata Air is going to buy three A320, one of them is probably N405MX, ex Mexicana, which is currently stored at Istanbul

- Sahand Air is going to buy 5 more MD-82

- The new Airbus planes join Aseman until the beginning of the next year

- Mahan is thinking of buying some A300-600 from Japan Airlines
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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #1055
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Good and exciting news from Iran indeed!!!
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Old February 19th, 2011, 01:31 PM   #1056
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Great news! Does anyone know more about Sahand?? Who owns it? Are they private, what are their plans for the future, where will they expand to. I can't find much on the internet.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #1057
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UR-BXM - Iran Air Tours

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Old February 21st, 2011, 03:18 PM   #1058
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End of Tupolev era in Iran - all TU-154 are stored...

http://www.myaviation.ir/fleet/index.htm
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Old February 21st, 2011, 03:28 PM   #1059
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Soviet-era Tupolevs finally quit Iranian skies

AFP - Iran finally withdrew its entire fleet of Soviet era Tupolev aircraft on Sunday after a series of fatal accidents involving the planes, a top aviation official said.

The ban affects 17 Tupolev TU 154 planes which were in service with four Iranian airlines, the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation, Reza Nakhjavani, was quoted as saying on the state television website.

The decision to ban Iranian airlines from using the aircraft was taken in 2010 after a series of crashes involving leased aircraft flown by pilots from former Soviet countries.

In January, Nakhjavani announced that Iranian airlines had six months to employ local crews on their flights.

On Sunday, he said Iranian airlines had purchased 35 aircraft to replace the Tupolevs and modernise their fleet. He did not go into details.

For the past 30 years, Iran has been unable to buy new Boeing or Airbus planes in the face of a US embargo on the sale of new aircraft or equipment.

But it has managed to obtain second-hand aircraft from the international market.

The decision to replace its aging civilian fleet was also taken under pressure from the European Union, which banned state-run Iran Air's B727 and B747 from flying over its territory for "security reasons."

Iran has witnessed a dozen air crashes which have killed nearly 1,000 people over the past decade.

In January, 77 passengers were killed and 27 injured when a B727 Iran Air plane crashed in bad weather in the northwestern city of Orumieh. The crash led to sacking of the transport minister.

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Many cancellations today...

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