Brisbane residents were treated to a rare sight on Sunday the 7th of June when South African Airways flew in for the first time.

There was an excited crowd of plane spotters underneath the flight path who had gathered to see the A340-600 (SA2982) arrive having flown direct from Johannesburg on a repatriation flight.

SAA has been collaborating with the Australian Government and the South African High Commission to assist Australians and South Africans that were left  stranded after the lock down was implemented in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

SA 2983 returned to Johannesburg at 1400 on 9 June with 216 passengers on board. SAA's Queensland Sales Manager, Trent Malcolm was at Brisbane airport assisting with the operations and said "it was fantastic to have the SAA Aircraft here for the first time and to be at the airport talking to our passengers who are all so grateful to be finally flying home after being stuck in Australian and New Zealand".

SAA plans to operate another repatriation flight from Johannesburg to Sydney on 17 June and returning 20 June. 

For more information - https://www.flysaa.com/za/en/us_repatriation.action