A South African Airways passenger plane carrying only cargo has arrived in Johannesburg from Guangzhou with humanitarian aid, including 1.8 million masks.

In a video posted by SAA pilot Alex MacPhail, he speaks from the cockpit after the Airbus A340-600 took off from Clark International Airport, in Mabalacat, Philippines, bound for South Africa.

The flight left Johannesburg on 10 April with 6 pilots and 5 support staff including technicians, loadmasters, security and a load controller, he says. Four pilots were used for the 13-hour flight to and from Philippines, the other two were used for the hop into Guangzhou and back to Clark.

The flight was the second one – the first had been to Frankfurt, Germany, last week – where SAA used a passenger plane for cargo only.

“We were ready when the Airbus A340-600 full of cargo arrived at Clark, we jumped in and took the aircraft back to Johannesburg with the 4 rested pilots.

“The team work required to operate into a foreign country is great. This team worked well and we delivered the 1,8 Million face masks back to South Africa in 3 days.”


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From a post today. “Team SAA standing next to our Airbus 340-600 after landing from Guangzhou with medical supplies on Monday, 13 April 2020. This was the second SAA passenger flight cargo only. Chartered by a key customer, Stream. We are super proud!” Photo:Twitter.