Tour Report: Iranian S&C Day 2 – To Ahwaz and Back on Iran Aseman 727

Day 2 Pt. 1: Iran Aseman 727 to Ahwaz and Back

<– Day 1: KUL-IKA Onboard Iran Air 747-200

(Traveled on February 14, 2016)

Day two is split into two reports as it was a very long day that included three flights and a fair bit of sightseeing. The second part of the report covers the first half of the second day of the trip – a roundtrip to Ahwaz on a 727. Besides flying the Iran Aseman Boeing 727, we also had a chance to take a quick city tour. While Ahwaz has no major tourist attractions, it offers its visitors a chance to enjoy Iran from the non-touristy point of view.

Iranian Skies & Cities

Flying on a 727 in 2016

Still tired from previous day, I woke up shortly before five in order to get ready for our 6:50AM flight to Ahwaz. While our hotel was located a three minute walk from Terminal 2, it was about a 20 minute walk to Terminal 4 from where our Iran Aseman flight would be departing.

As such, shortly after five, our group gathered and started the walk towards the terminal.

A nice mosque on our way from hotel to Terminal 4.
Terminal 4
…and we are here. Terminal 4 in the darkness of the night.

Once at the terminal, we checked ourselves in. Once again, the very friendly check-in lady allowed me to go behind the counter to see the seat map.

Checking-in at counter #20 for our flight to Ahwaz.

With boarding passes in our hands, we went to restaurant where we exchanged USD and EUR into Iranian Rials. After that, we headed through the security into the rather small waiting area.

Part of the group waiting for boarding to start.

When we arrived airside, the gate was not decided yet. As such, we settled in on one of the benches and some of us bought drinks at the store. One of our tour members even got her water paid for by another customer as she had trouble understanding the price – Iranian hospitality in action!

Airport shop.

Shortly after 6:30AM, boarding for our flight was announced, and so we headed to the announced gate – gate 7.

Boarding in progress!

Boarding was done by bus which took us by various ramps at Mehrabad. One of the aircraft we passed was another Aseman 727 – EP-ASD – which I hoped we would board. The bus, however, kept going and soon we arrived next to EP-ASA – the same 727 that I had flown twice previously.

Well, cannot complain. I was about to board a 727 in year 2016!

One set of stairs away from being thrown back into the 1980’s!
Just love trijets!

While boarding, one of the flight attendants became interested in our group and so I explained him we were a group of enthusiasts mostly from Japan. I also asked him if it would be possible to visit the cockpit. He immediately asked the captain, and so a couple of us was able to visit the cockpit before take-off.

Another flight, another three-person cockpit.

After seeing the three-person flight deck, I headed to my seat 26B. Since the row in front was nearly empty, I switched my seat to 25A before take-off so that I could get window view.

Around 7:10AM, we pushed back and started our engines. We taxied to runway 29L, passing by ramps full of aircraft.

Couple of minutes later, our engines started roaring and we were up in the air, heading towards Ahwaz.

Shortly After Take-Off
View out of the window shortly after take-off.

Right after take-off, meal service started. It was a simple box consisting of two pieces of pastry and milk.

Simple, but sufficient breakfast.

The rest of the flight, we spent looking around the airplane, talking with the crew and taking the obligatory “wing+engine” shots.

Cabin Crew
All of the cabin crew was extremely friendly. Here, two of them are posing in front of the rear exit.
Cabin Crew
One more photo of Ms. Soheyla, this time with the cabin in the background.
…and the typical cabin shot.
Wing + Engine
The wing and engine of our aircraft.

About an hour after take-off, we started our descend into Ahwaz. After taking a group shot and a shot of the Iranian President and Supreme Leader (as instructed by the friendly inflight security guard), we got off the plane.

Rear Exit
Mr. Ballar showing us the rear exit.
Group Shot
The ten of us.
Portrait of Hassan Rouhani - the President and Ali Khamenei - the Supreme Leader next to the cockpit door.
Portrait of the Supreme Leaders next to the cockpit door.

The bus ride to the terminal took us around some interesting aircraft including Naft Fokker 50.

Disembarking – nose of our aircraft together with some MD-80s.
Naft Airlines Fokker 50 taken through the bus window.

Touring Around Ahwaz

After getting out of the airport, the first thing that struck our eyes was the beautiful airport mosque.

Airport Mosque
The beautiful airport mosque.

Once we finished taking pictures of the mosque, we found a taxi driver. Called my Iranian friend, let him talk to the taxi driver, and we were on our way. Three taxis following each other with the ten of us and showing us around the city of Ahwaz.

Two Taxis
Driving next to another car with our group members.
A lot of buildings in Iran wear beautiful murals.
Throughout the tour, we were enjoying some “air-to-air” shooting. Photo of me taking a picture of Yukihiro and Nabe-san, taken by Yukihiro.

First, we stopped at a park next to the Karun river which flows through the city. Because of the bridges that cross the Karun river, Ahwaz is called the City of Bridges.

The most interesting part of the first stop was this line-up of Iranian flags.

Next we stopped next to the Ahwaz Cable Bridge – the longest cable bridge in the Middle East.

Ahwaz Cable Bridge
The longest cable bridge in the Middle East.

We had enough of the river and bridges, and so we went to a street market. While not a tourist attraction, the friendliness of the people amazed me. It provided for some great opportunities to take picture of locals.

Looking Into the Sun
This gentleman asked me to take a photo of him looking into the sun.

Finally, we went to the bazaar and city center which provided some more portrait as well as street photography opportunities.

Group of Men
This group of men in the city center wanted to have their photo taken as well!

After we walked around the city for a while, we headed back to the cars and drove back to the airport. The taxi drivers were extremely friendly, and showed us around as if they were guides – thanks so much!

Group shot in front of the Karun river.

See the Ahwaz gallery for more photos!

EP-ASA, Good to See You Again

Back at the airport, we went straight to check-in.

Ahwaz terminal – just like many other places in Iran, it is under reconstruction.

After getting our boarding passes, we went to a restaurant on the second floor where we got some drinks and food. Mainly, however, we went there to take a picture of our 727 arriving back in Ahwaz.

Our aircraft arriving from its previous flight.

By the time everyone’s food arrived it was less than 30 minutes before the flight, and so we headed through the security where the boarding begun within a few minutes.

Our beauty getting ready for its next flight.
Me and the 727
Boarding my fourth 727 flight. All four were done by EP-ASA.

Onboard, we were welcomed by the same crew that flew us into Ahwaz in the morning.

As the aircraft and crew were exactly the same as on our inbound flight, after take-off, I mostly relaxed.

Slightly larger meal than on our way to Ahwaz. Sandwich with what I suppose was a dill paste. While I found it rather tasty, half of the group decided to skip the meal.
Everyone finished eating, clean-up time.

In no time, we landed back in Tehran and our 727 adventure was over.

Day 2 Pt. 2: To the Abbasi Gardens with Iran Air–>

7 thoughts on “Tour Report: Iranian S&C Day 2 – To Ahwaz and Back on Iran Aseman 727”

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  6. Hi
    “Portrait of Hassan Rouhani –” he is not rouhani , imam KHAMENEI and khomeini is correct

    Thanks for trip report

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