Iran Aseman was the last airline in the world operating the Boeing 727 in regular scheduled passenger service.
Sadly that era has now come to a close after the airline operated its last flight with the type on 13 January 2019.
Sadly there was little fanfare surrounding this historic moment, unlike many other final services (think Biman with the DC-10, KLM with the MD-11 in recent years). Flight EP851 simply completed its service from Zahedan to Tehran Mehrabad as planned.
The aircraft with the honour of operating this final 727 flight was EP-ASB, an aircraft built for Air France in 1980 which later flew for Euralair and joined Iran Aseman’s fleet in 1994.
Here’s a picture of the crew following the flight
The last flight crew pic.twitter.com/zP2jhzukfy
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) 13 January 2019
Once one of the most successful airliners, and most common in skies all over the world, the 727 is now a rare beast. Just last week Canadian cargo operator Cargojet retired its last freighter example, and now precious few are still flying, with only cargo and corporate examples remaining to our knowledge.
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