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Wouldn’t be a problem at all for me. I guess for some it would.
Cannot think of too many in one of the alliances though – Egyptair. Think that’s about it?
Edited to add Saudi of course duh3 Feb 2016
iI think you are right.
Kuwait, PIA and Royal Brunei also (though not alliance members.)
Whether Egyptair is really ‘dry’ is a moot point, as you can drink your own duty free – wouldn’t like to do that on Kuwait or Saudia.3 Feb 2016
I know Saudi despite it’s lack of booze does offer some fantastic fresh juices in the premium cabins. I had a fresh carrot and orange juice a few years ago and also on offer was a lemon and mint concoction which was delicious.3 Feb 2016
Might be just worth remembering that the US Visa Waiver Programme changed recently and anyone who has visited Iran (as well as other countries) in the last 5 years will need to apply for a visa and will be barred from using the ESTA system.
For many travellers wishing to visit the US, it may be a strong disincentive to visit Iran.3 Feb 2016
I would certainly like to try Iran Air. I can take or leave alcohol on a flight and often the alternatives offered on the dry airlines are far nicer than the cheap plonk you find in some premium cabins. Monopole Blue in a screw top anyone? That really has to be the pits. I’d rather a mint tea on Turkish any day.
(Oh dear, I’ve probably just upset AnthonyDunn again.)3 Feb 2016
Attention BA’s ” Mad Men” department……….
You have an opportunity to cheer up a certain American entrepreneur, down on his luck at the moment…….I’m sure he’ll pop over the pond to help you promote your new service……
A bit of Yankee Doodle razz ma tazz will surely launch these flights with the panache of the finest bottle of champagne’s cork being popped !
Remember- there’s no such thing as bad publicity !4 Feb 2016
To add my American centric two cents worth, I think it will be a very long time before the US will open up traffic rights to Iran Air again. Lifting of sanctions is one thing, normalisation of relations including air routes is another. And depending on the outcome of the current race for White House, a lot can change vis a vis the agreement as well. The President of Iran stated during his European ‘charm’ offensive that they were interested in buying both Airbus and Boeing equipment, which again, while the Europeans, particularly the French, will sell anything to anyone, the US government will most likely block any sale of such high tech technology to Iran for many years to come.
I would imagine, those looking for a direct service from LHR to IKA, given the option between IR or BA, I think BA would win hands down, particularly with western clients. This could change of course as prior to the revolution Iran Air had a good reputation, which is now not the case, and I do not think simply by operating an A380 that reputation will change for the foreseeable future.4 Feb 2016
With regard to US pax and Iran, don’t forget that AUH now has pre-clearance. That could be a big incentive – why change at Heathrow (or Frankfurt etc) when you can take an hour hop to AUH, pre-clear then relax on the longer leg, happy in the knowledge you will arrive as a domestic.
Event without pre-clearance, DXB and DOH may look attractive to potential Iranian pax.4 Feb 2016