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COVID-19: South African Airways Operates Pure Cargo Flights

For the first time in its history, the Cargo division of South African Airways, SAA Cargo, operated a passenger aircraft for a pure cargo uplift. This is necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 6 April 2020 and in response to the increased demand for cargo flights to distribute critical and essential goods, SAA Cargo operated an Airbus A340-600 as a cargo only flight, transporting essential goods between Johannesburg and Frankfurt.

The outbound cargo included perishables such as fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, laboratory supplies as well as automotive and aircraft parts for repairs.

On the inbound leg from Europe the aircraft carried testing kits for COVID-19, immunological pharmaceuticals, insulin, surgical personal protective equipment (PPE), and processing equipment for food such as baby milk powder.

The next pure cargo flight is scheduled to depart from Johannesburg to Guangzhou on Friday, 10 April 2020. It will be operated by an Airbus A340-600 for collection and delivery of medical supplies.

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