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Tour Report: Iranian Skies & Cities II – “Flying the Classics”

(Traveled on November 15, 2016 – November 17, 2016) The second Iran tour I organized together with Yukihiro was split into three thematic parts – Exploring Iranian History, Flying the Classics, and Kish Airshow 2016. The second part of the report takes a look at the main part of the tour – “Flying the Classics” …

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My Top 5 Favorite Flights of 2016

From Inaugurals to a Diversion: The Five Flights I Enjoyed the Most in 2016

As we are approaching the end of January, I decided to look back at the flights I took last year. Having flown over 130,000 miles on over 90 segments, it was the best year both in terms of the distance flown as well as the number of flights. During the year, besides taking flights to …

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Flying an A340 Prototype: cn 002 with Iran Aseman

Flight Report: Iran Aseman A340 Prototype from Shiraz to Tehran

(Flown on November 14, 2016) On our way back to Tehran from Shiraz during the second Iranian Skies & Cities tour, we were originally supposed to fly with an Iran Air MD-82. A change in Iran Air’s schedules forced us to look for alternatives. During the search, one option stood out – it was a …

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Bienvenue, Air France Boeing 787-9! (Part 2)

Flight Review: Air France 787-9 Economy Class Inaugural Sightseeing Flight from Paris

(Flown on January 7, 2017) Having flown on most of the aircraft types that Air France currently operates, I was very glad to have the chance to try out its latest type – the Boeing 787-9. Actually, not only to try it out, but to be on its very first revenue flight, a sightseeing flight …

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AF787: Bienvenue, Air France Boeing 787-9!

Enjoying the Air France 787-9 Inaugural Event Before Taking One of Its First Flights

(Flown on January 7, 2017) Having flown on most of the aircraft types that Air France currently operates, I was very glad to have the chance to try out its latest type – the Boeing 787-9. Actually, not only to try it out, but to be on its very first revenue flight, a sightseeing flight …

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Wonsan Air Festival 2016 Pt. 3: Airshow Day 2

Tour Report: Wonsan Air Festival 2016 Day 2 – “Flying on Soviet Classics”

(Traveled on September 25, 2016) When I learned that North Korea would be hosting its first public airshow, the Wonsan Air Festival, I did not spend much time thinking about whether to participate or not. Participating turned out to be the right choice given the photo and flying opportunities the airshow provided. The third part of …

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Wonsan Air Festival 2016 - Day 1: Getting to Wonsan

Tour Report: Wonsan Air Festival 2016 – “Getting to Wonsan on Air Koryo”

(Traveled on September 23, 2016) When I learned that North Korea would be hosting its first public airshow, the Wonsan Air Festival, I did not spend much time thinking about whether to participate or not. Participating turned out to be the right choice given the photo and flying opportunities the airshow provided. Below is the …

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Day 7: From IKA to KUL with an Onboard Semi-Upgrade

Tour Report: Iranian S&C Day 7 – Iran Air 747-200 with a Semi-Upgrade

<–Day 6: Mashad on Two Generations of A300 (Traveled on February 19, 2016) After a week in Iran, it was time to head back to Kuala Lumpur onboard Iran Air’s flight 814. Before that, however, we found time to do some shopping in a bazaar and some more spotting at Mehrabad airport. Nuts & Dry …

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Four Aircraft Types You Can Only Fly in Iran

Four Classic & Rare Aircraft Types You Can Only Fly in Iran

For many years, Iran has been known among the aviation community as the go-to place for flying classic aircraft. With the ageing fleet and lifting of sanctions, the opportunities to fly on many of those types including the Tupolev Tu-154, Boeing 707 and Boeing 747 Classic have disappeared, but Iran still offers many interesting aircraft …

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