Flight Review: Mahan Air A300-600 Economy Class from Tehran Mehrabad to Mashad

Flight Report: Mahan Air A300-600 from Tehran to Mashad

(Flown on November 16, 2016)

It’s been a while since I posted the previous part of the November 2016 Iranian Skies & Cities tour. Better late than never, though, and so here is another instalment – this time about our flight to Mashad onboard a Mahan Air A300-600. In the previous report, I reviewed the same route in reverse direction in business class. This time, we flew economy.

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A Swap from an A310 to an A300-600

After a quick check-in, we headed through the security. The scheduled departure time of the flight was 7:50PM. However, in reality, that was the time around which boarding started.


Boarding at gate 6.

With our boarding passes checked by the gate staff, it was only a quick bus ride from gate 6 to the aircraft, EP-MNH – an A300-600.

Even though the flight was originally supposed to be an A310, we did not mind it being an A300-600. After all, there are still some airlines outside of Iran operating the A310 while the A300 in passenger version is only operated by Iranian airlines.


Boarding the full flight to Mashad.

View of the engine.

Once onboard, I settled into seat 36H, giving one of the other tour participants my originally assigned window seat.

During boarding, I spent some time flipping through the onboard magazine. One of the things that caught my attention was a dot next to Tokyo on the route map saying “planned destinations.” It sure would be great if Mahan started flying to Japan!


Tokyo is, at least according to the magazine, one of Mahan’s planned destinations.
Seatbelt Buckle

Mahan Air branded seatbelt buckle.

Delay Due to Congestion at Mehrabad

Boarding was finished at 8PM, and at 8:06PM the crew closed the doors. Another couple of minutes later, the engines were started and we were pushed back.

At that point, the captain announced that we would be delayed due to congestion at Mehrabad airport. While I am used to similar announcements on domestic flights to and from Tokyo Haneda, this was the first time I heard such announcement in Iran.

We spent quite some minutes waiting in the take-off queue. In fact, we only took off at 8:50PM – almost 40 minutes after push back.

Mahan Air Domestic In-Flight Meal

As soon, as the seatbelt signs were switched off, the crew sprung into action.

Just as with all other Iranian domestic flights, a fairly substantial meal was served even on this short one hour domestic hop.

The cold meal tray consisted of chicken cuts, dill bread, and some sides.


More than enough food for the short flight.

While it was, understandably, incomparable with the business class choice of three hot meals, it was still more than enough for the short segment. And it was more than pretty much any European, American or even Asian airline would offer on a similar segment.

Modern Cabin of the Mahan Air A300-600

Several minutes after the meal trays were collected, at 9:31PM, the seatbelt signs were switched back on. Another fifteen or so minutes later, the landing gear was lowered.


Plenty of legroom for the short hop.

Overview of the cabin shortly before starting our descend.

We touched down on Mashad’s runway at 9:51PM, and after braking hard, we exited the runway. As we taxied to the terminal, an announcement was made saying: “We know you had a choice, and we thank you for choosing Mahan Air.”

At 10:00PM sharp, we reached our parking position.


Economy class during deboarding.

We had a quick look at the business class section – which featured newer seats than the 747-300 the day before.

Business Class Seats

Business class.
Business Class Seats

An above average seat for a domestic flight.

Finally, before getting of, we had a quick peek into the cockpit.


The A300-600 cockpit.

After that, we bid a farewell to the crew, and headed into the terminal where the driver from our hotel was already waiting.

Mashad Airport

Mashad airport after our arrival.

Me together with the rest of the group at our hotel for the night.

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