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A340-600 Johannesburg-Brisbane repatriation shot from R44

written by Adam Thorn | June 9, 2020

Australian Aviation photographer Emil Cooper caught the moment an A340-600 repatriation flight from Johannesburg landed in Brisbane – from 1,400 feet aboard an R44.

The special flight, SA2982, landed in the Queensland capital on 6 June and is reported to fly the other way on 9 June.

It will mark one of the final designated repatriation flights as international airlines begin to resume commercial travel.

Last week, Australian Aviation reported that Singapore Airlines is set to resume flights to Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane for the first time since the closure of Australian and Singaporean borders.

The airline will also add additional routes to Sydney as part of its new ‘minimum connectivity network’ that will run from 8 June to 31 July.


Similarly, Emirates announced it will return to Brisbane and Perth and increase services to Sydney and Melbourne from 15 June following the UAE’s announcement that it will lift transit restrictions.

Last month, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai lifted restrictions to allow for transit, opening up Australia to much of the northern hemisphere again.

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