Welcome to this FR from inside Iran. Term is over and I decided to head down South to catch the sun and discover non-Persian regions of Iran. My friend and I booked the trip one day before departure for 45€ (177k Tomans).
First, here are some impressions on the way to the airport. Nothing special, but the airport is quite far from Esfahan, it's a decent 30 minutes without traffic. Once you've passed the gate it's still a km before you arrive. Sadly no public transport connection to the airport. I believe airport shuttle buses in Iran would be great bizz, whether IFN, IKA, THR etc. Only Mashhad and Tehran have good metro connections so far.
In Iran there are two security checks, one before check-in (mainly luggage screen) and one after check-in (mainly body-check).
Check-In was swift and easy, the agent kindly said my bag was too heavy (26kg for 20kg allowed) but also said it's not an issue an all. We handed over the travel itinerary and he gave us our boarding passes. We then sat down in the hall, which is before security that leads to airside.
My BP which was given to me at check-in.
I wanted to take photos from the tarmac, but preferred to be discreet. This us proceeding to board by bus. Boarding was delayed by 25 minutes without announcements.
Views from the bus - Kish A320 which did not have Iranian registry and Nasim Air 737 which I have no idea what airline this is and where it comes from.
Our plane! A320, 14 years old, originally with ANA in Japan, ended up in Iran via Armenia…
Boarding, crossing a rusty business class first.
My seat is emergency exit row! Pitch!
The crew spoke good English and was smiling. Safety demonstrations were professionnally conducted. They apologised for the delay which they said was due to late arrival from Tehran.
Tarmac and take-off! I admit the plane made a bit of strange noises as we took off… but everything went fine. Sadly missed the sunset as the plane was delayed.
Food service! As always pretty amazing for domestic flight with 1h20 flight time.
The green stuff is Kuku Sabzi, Omelette with herbs, or rather: Herbs with omelette. Very delicious. The golden-yellow is kind of chicken paste/paté, not too bad either. There was also an apple and a sesame snack.
The inflight magazine was almost entirely in Persian, and my friend noticed his seat pocket had the Jan-Feb edition and I had the Feb-Mar edition. In both, the new A321s are the big star! As I write this report, the first A330-200 has also arrived which is great news!
The Japanese identity is still visible!
Approach to Bandar Abbas, the gate of the Persian Gulf, just on the strait of Hormooz! Outside temperature 24° Celsius (it was 10 in Esfahan!)
Swift disembarking and end of this report as I did not want to take pictures in the building, which is modern, clean and functional.
BONUS: HORMOOZ AND QESHM ISLANDS
Isfahan - IFN
Bandar Abbas - BND
Flying IR is always exciting. The crew and food lived up to the expectations, just as the delay was a very Persian occurence. Things went on routinely, passengers are nice and crews are professional. I would now recommend domestic flights without doubts as spare parts have started to arrive since easing of sanctions, just like the new A321s.
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