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.”