World’s Oldest and Last Active B747 Classic - Mahan Air B747-300

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A B747-300 passenger aircraft is back in the sky flying after spending over 5 years in maintenance! Can you believe it? Here is the story:

On 15th October 2015, one of their B747-300s, EP-MNE, was involved in an incident on flight 1095 from Tehran to Bandar Abbas

While climbing through 7500 feet, the no.3 GE CF6-50E2 engine suffered an uncontained failure. Some parts of the engine detached and struck engine no. 4, as well as damaged the aircraft structure. An emergency landing was declared. The plane was able to land safely and was carrying 441 passengers and crew.

Surprisingly, this 747-300 EP-MNE didn't get written off! Mahan Air put in 5 years of work in maintenance on her and she recently completed a heavy C-check.

They managed to transfer 2 engines from a retired sister ship, EP-MND, and got this B747-300 back flying in the sky once again. Mahan Air B747-300 is now the world's last and oldest B747 passenger currently flying.

I flew on Mahan Air B747-300 domestically in Iran a few years ago. I was very lucky to fly on the upper deck of the 747 classic. This video shows my flight experience on now the world’s oldest and last active Passenger B747 from Tehran to Mashhad.

With most of the 747 retired and killed by the pandemic, it is definitely good news to see a B747-300 back in the sky flying.

Thanks to Loran ( ), Shahram Sharifi and Charles Kennedy for their input and footage to make this video possible.


  1. g free

    g free

    6 天 前

    How old is this plane and was it purchased directly from Boeing?

  2. Christopher DeNigris

    Christopher DeNigris

    6 天 前

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  3. soheil salimirad

    soheil salimirad

    6 天 前

    Aviation Industry hasn't have the good and great condition as you said in this video. You what... Mahan Air have belonged to the IRGC The most powerful organ in iran as in political,social,economical and ... And they support terrorist semi military force in around the world This B747 can't fly aborad the iran because IRGC bought it smuggling way and if they fly aboard Iran by this B747 they will catch by FBI and another security organization



    6 天 前

    Very nice

  5. Tony Mazzola

    Tony Mazzola

    8 天 前

    Awesome videos Sam!

  6. Future Virtual Ltd

    Future Virtual Ltd

    9 天 前

    Love to of done a virtual tour on it for future generations to see 😍

  7. jason simmons

    jason simmons

    9 天 前

    I've flown 747s from British airways, KLM, and Air France...loved them all!

  8. NJay Ezzy

    NJay Ezzy

    10 天 前

    Hey Sam. Great video. Just used your coupon to get a great deal on VPN at SurfShark.

  9. Ole Fella

    Ole Fella

    10 天 前

    The fact that we get free documentaries on CNglobal by Sam is truly a gift ❤️🥰👌👍

  10. Bob Withrow

    Bob Withrow

    12 天 前

    You, Sam, and the 747 are the best

  11. Meru1_737


    12 天 前

    Iranian people are so kind and genuine.

  12. Calvary


    12 天 前

    Cannot understand the logic of not using 747? Only trustable Four 4 Engines is best.

  13. pJ


    13 天 前

    Iranian airlines are the flying museums

  14. FarisKhries94


    15 天 前

    Hello Sam and thanks for your videos! Interesting footage and stories! I was also wondering if you could give us the names of the background music! Cheers!

  15. Scotty Ford

    Scotty Ford

    16 天 前

    Sam you are a brave man for riding that ole bird. Especially with the sanctions in place.

  16. Jason Alan The Cigardner

    Jason Alan The Cigardner

    16 天 前

    I work for federal express, can you help me find a model of a fedex airplane the size of the united plane behind you? Please please 🙏

  17. Bob Withrow

    Bob Withrow

    17 天 前

    In my opinion, the A-380 did not upseat the 747 as the Queen of the Sky. The 747 is majestic. The A-380 is a blob! Great video Sam.

  18. Aerohk


    18 天 前

    The us is allowed to support the maintenance because it's considered safety critical right?

  19. Jeff Palmer

    Jeff Palmer

    18 天 前

    Great news, some 300s still in the air ! Ive only flown on a 747-200. Im going to try and fly somewhere on a 747-8 in the next few years!

  20. Oliver Klosehauf

    Oliver Klosehauf

    18 天 前

    Drink every time he says actually.

  21. Krzys


    18 天 前

    i see houses from KLM bussines class ;) nice experience, we flew bc by klm to Toronto 2 years ago before covid

  22. Saad Saud

    Saad Saud

    18 天 前

    Mahan Air is a terrorist airline , they are engaged in weapons trafficking in war zones

  23. Jacob Hansen

    Jacob Hansen

    18 天 前

    SAM CHUI, ladies and gentlemen, is one REAL eye opener, yeah he really is!! It should have been a pleasure going around the WHOLE world together with him, don't you think?? AND...I simply CAN'T find ANY motive, whatsoever, to lock out, exclude and boycot one of the OLDEST cultures on the entire planet...the old PERSIAN...ehhrr...IRANIAN culture, no I can't!! So WHY, America, Europe, NATO and EU, why do you MESS with Iran in such a PROPOSTROUS and TERRIBLE way?? WHYYY?? There is NO reason for it!! If YOU want to experience COMFORT and JOY, well...then you from now on know where to find bind yourselves for IRAN :) :) Many, many thanks to Sam Chui!! Regards, Jacob Hansen, Haugesund, Scandinavia...

  24. Nasser Hashim

    Nasser Hashim

    19 天 前

    The Iranian Air Force b747-200 you mentioned in the last is actually an ex iraqi airways b747 with registration YI-AGN that was stolen by Iran in 1991

  25. Andres Hansel

    Andres Hansel

    19 天 前

    The Iranian aviation is limited of new planes and parts of the old planes, at least with Boing. Because the diplomatic conflict with United States.

  26. Food and Travel Albert Joseph

    Food and Travel Albert Joseph

    19 天 前

  27. Romeo Grigoras

    Romeo Grigoras

    19 天 前

    I love oldschool engines sound at take off, like TF39, CF6, JT9D's, in compare with the crap of today.

  28. Greg Johnson

    Greg Johnson

    20 天 前

    Sam I can only ask one question. WHY? Five years in maintenance does not inspire a lot of confidence. Considering the embargo to aeronautical products to Iran, I wonder???

  29. Max Rank

    Max Rank

    20 天 前

    Lucky for the Iranians Boeing used to make a good product.

  30. Sorry I

    Sorry I

    20 天 前

    This is horrible. US should make exceptions and allow Iran to get new planes. These old planes are ticking time bombs

  31. arc b7

    arc b7

    20 天 前


  32. arc b7

    arc b7

    20 天 前

    Pls fly tunisiar

  33. J M

    J M

    20 天 前

    I want the sanctions lifted. !!

  34. Thomas Brennan

    Thomas Brennan

    20 天 前

    Fantastic vlog Sam.

  35. Sachin Mainkar

    Sachin Mainkar

    20 天 前

    Nice film about Mahan Air. Sam what is your nationality ? Did you have any trouble getting Iranian visa and entering Iran ?

  36. Alex Shi

    Alex Shi

    20 天 前

    Why does it feel sam is getting fatter and fatter

  37. Doggy YT

    Doggy YT

    20 天 前

    Always the Iran airliners with the good old classic airplanes! btw my parents come from Iran.

  38. Smells DeFeet

    Smells DeFeet

    20 天 前

    WELL...I'M TOLD... ALLEGIANT AIR, the Las Vegas Based "travel company," recently installed praying areas in each of their decrepit A320s and at almost all of the airports they fly to. Even though, if ALLEGIANT AIR flys there TODAY, they're quite likely to pull the hell outta there TOMORROW! Quite pathetic indeed! Well, AT LEAST NOW, you'll have a place to pray.

  39. Smells DeFeet

    Smells DeFeet

    20 天 前

    I can't remember when I used to like aviation

  40. Aviation1


    20 天 前

    Mahan air is known for keeping old aircraft, dudes still got the A300

  41. Elina Huang

    Elina Huang

    20 天 前

    A340 _3000

  42. K.Vedamsh Pratap Reddy

    K.Vedamsh Pratap Reddy

    21 天 前

    I heard something about Sam and Capt.Joe one month ago🤔

  43. Haoyan Guo

    Haoyan Guo

    21 天 前




    21 天 前


  45. G 546

    G 546

    21 天 前

    I thought that the 747-300, 747-100, and 747SP were dead.

  46. Technical Glitch

    Technical Glitch

    22 天 前

    It's good to make use of things that are still usable. There is too much excess and waste.

  47. Irakli


    22 天 前

    I thought the last flight scheduled by British Airways but it's seems still this aircraft is action :)

  48. Lizzy G

    Lizzy G

    22 天 前

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

  49. Abdullah Baig

    Abdullah Baig

    22 天 前

  50. LarissaA346


    22 天 前

    The only reason I would fly Mahan Air is the A346

  51. Mahan S.

    Mahan S.

    22 天 前

    Definitely better than US Lounges... my GGGGGGGOD

  52. William Haynes

    William Haynes

    22 天 前

    nice to see a classic refurbished and in use. This airline can pick up some 747-400's cheap now days.. just have to get them to Iran somehow with the sanctions in place.

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    22 天 前

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  54. Dipling. Pitzler

    Dipling. Pitzler

    22 天 前

    Did you discover a 747 SP anywhere ? This was a former Iraqi Airways plane taken into custody by Iran.

  55. Palan


    23 天 前

    Video full of ads...

  56. Tazim Raza

    Tazim Raza

    23 天 前

    Hi iam a big fan of your vlogs l always watch your travel

  57. Steve B

    Steve B

    23 天 前

    My father, Captain Harvey Beebe Jr flew the 747-300 retired as a captain after 32 years of meritorious service with PanAm. The world will never see another one like him.

  58. Ifthikar Lafir

    Ifthikar Lafir

    23 天 前

    So sad 747's are being laid to rest by many Airlines...

  59. Patriotism, humanity, civilization

    Patriotism, humanity, civilization

    23 天 前

    Hello iran 🇮🇷 is beautiful

  60. Hossein Ahmed

    Hossein Ahmed

    23 天 前

    U must go on Air Sial

  61. Richard McVay

    Richard McVay

    23 天 前

    When was this flight?

  62. Altino Reis

    Altino Reis

    23 天 前

    Nice to see that are still 747 flying commercially... unfortunately for Iranian airlines rest the most old planes in the world as USA makes economic war against them with its sanctions. As u said it's so expensive for Iranians to travel by plane. Maybe Mahan Air deploys it's 747 in its route to Venezuela.

  63. Kalsaume Satungiamata

    Kalsaume Satungiamata

    23 天 前

    Another wonderful story. That's a good thing about sanctions.

  64. Raisa Cherry

    Raisa Cherry

    23 天 前

    Quite spacious 😍👍

  65. JB Sarmiento

    JB Sarmiento

    23 天 前

    Great to see a few of the classic queens still flying. My only concern for Iranian carriers is that hopefully in the near future they get to acquire more new generation aircrafts which are more efficient and safer. Should the sanctions be lifted.

  66. gregory lenton

    gregory lenton

    23 天 前

    Hey another great show,,,,,thanks

  67. Sam Savojbolagi

    Sam Savojbolagi

    23 天 前

    FYI; Mahan air of IRGC clandestinely smuggled these 747s actually 4 of them. apparently they were on a flight plan from Iraq to Russia I guess, were all 4 simultaneously declared "may day" and landed in Tehran. since then they are at work for Mahan air. rumour has it if any of these planes put one foot out of Iran they get arrested! and confiscated for breaking international sanctions on sale of Boeing aircrafts to sponsors of terror regimes!

  68. ansaar071


    23 天 前

    Hey bro I am from India and like your videos Subscribing your channel 👍👍

  69. Heybat


    24 天 前

    I flew on Iran Air 747SP in 2008. That was the best flight ever for me.

    • Heybat


      15 天 前

      @Evan McAuliffe Sadly there are no active assenger SPs, government of Oman has still has a 747SP in vip service but Iran Air retired last passenger SP in 2016.

    • Evan McAuliffe

      Evan McAuliffe

      15 天 前

      So lucky! I wanted so much to fly on the 747SP and never got to. There are non left in operation anywhere right? I wish!

  70. Shams


    24 天 前

    I like how this old bird has Boeing's newest super cool logo!

  71. Ruben Fly

    Ruben Fly

    24 天 前

    I think the oldest is the b747-200🤔

  72. Basshunter DotA

    Basshunter DotA

    24 天 前

    Iran hate US but use their Airplanes , weapons, internetnet ,etc 😂

  73. Exxanel_playsroblox


    24 天 前


  74. Sam Sam

    Sam Sam

    24 天 前

    Iranians are very strong in Aviation know how... they can overhaul any Aircraft engine... very knowledgeable.

  75. George Elhajja

    George Elhajja

    24 天 前

    Hi Sam do you know if Iran Air still fly the 2 × 747-300 they bought off Qantas a few years ago???

  76. L R G

    L R G

    24 天 前

    Maintaining a 747-300 commercially viable is a remarkable achievement, given the times in which we live.

  77. thorsten


    24 天 前

    Hi Sam, I had just received my book, air 747 it was like very detailed please make more of these books

  78. Solangi zoh Ali

    Solangi zoh Ali

    24 天 前

    Cᴏᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴘᴀᴋɪsᴛᴀɴ ʙʀᴏ

  79. Solangi zoh Ali

    Solangi zoh Ali

    24 天 前

    Pɪᴀ ᴋᴀʀᴀᴄʜɪ ᴀɪʀᴘᴏʀᴛ

  80. Solangi zoh Ali

    Solangi zoh Ali

    24 天 前

    𝑯𝒊 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒑𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏 Pᴀᴋɪsᴛᴀɴ

  81. J Jangles Travel

    J Jangles Travel

    24 天 前

    lol! this whole video just feels like such a flex

  82. Brandon Desjardins

    Brandon Desjardins

    24 天 前

    Any word on how long they will keep this bird flying?

  83. Wong Kong Yew

    Wong Kong Yew

    24 天 前

    Good coverage consider this thriving times. 👍

  84. Roko Aisea Savou

    Roko Aisea Savou

    24 天 前

    Hello Mr. chui I'm really a huge fan of your channel!! But I have a question are you still giving away plane models? You see I'm really into aviation but the thing is I live in fiji and there are no planes going at the moment cause of pandemic. I would really appreciate it if you had a model, because of you I even tried to collect a lot of planes here, I have two a380's, an a330, a320, a boeing 737, and my favourite 747 and also a 777-300ER pls email me back

  85. Matt


    24 天 前

    Thanks Sam! I remember flying on a B747 when they were 3-5-3

    • Zedric Louis Bores

      Zedric Louis Bores

      22 天 前

      was it tight?

  86. Daniel Collins

    Daniel Collins

    24 天 前

    Great news and nice video Sam. I remember in 2015 the Iran tour we were on we hoped to get to fly the Mahan Air 743. We got their A300 instead which was still a great experience. I'm quite happy I've been able to fly aboard a few Qantas 743's before they were retired.

  87. lyl yuan

    lyl yuan

    24 天 前


  88. Reza Maslahati

    Reza Maslahati

    24 天 前


  89. Rambling with SP

    Rambling with SP

    24 天 前


  90. Adam Temple

    Adam Temple

    24 天 前

    I love those old planes

  91. Hank Clarckson

    Hank Clarckson

    24 天 前

    luckily they ddnt shoot the plane. No planes&parts for iran.

  92. BAYAN Schrojda

    BAYAN Schrojda

    24 天 前

    Fly away fly away 747

  93. erik lake does

    erik lake does

    24 天 前

    Sam careful making your declaration for USA Mahan on black list NOTE! you must declare you flew Mahan and were in Iran

  94. Mostafa Khaani

    Mostafa Khaani

    24 天 前


  95. Mostafa Khaani

    Mostafa Khaani

    24 天 前


  96. Reza Ismaili-Neipart

    Reza Ismaili-Neipart

    24 天 前

    Yes, In Iran we repair everything and reuse them. :)

  97. Graham Stevenson

    Graham Stevenson

    24 天 前

    I can't think of anyone who doesn't like the 747 !

  98. Mohammad Amin Nouri

    Mohammad Amin Nouri

    24 天 前

    Iran is a great country, believe me, it is worth a shot.

  99. Itsablackline Aviator

    Itsablackline Aviator

    24 天 前

    Sam: this is the world oldest aircraft Me: *Sees TU-154 video on my recommendation* Also me: ...

  100. Jaffa Cake

    Jaffa Cake

    24 天 前

    0:19 Mount Damavand in the distance?