Proflight Zambia has announced launch of scheduled cargo flights between Lusaka and Johannesburg, South Africa.
The all-cargo flights were launched last week and will be operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of September. Proflight are currently operating a Jetstream 41 on the route and will upgrade the equipment to a CRJ 100 in the face of growing demand.
Cargo operating aircraft have been briefly converted from passenger to cargo flights. The seats have been removed and the airline has installed cargo holding nets in the cabin to hold the cargo together during flight.
Proflight Zambia Director Flight Operations Captain Josias Walubita said, “Proflight Zambia has invested in having cargo nets made and effective tie-downs procured to ensure that cargo can be safely secured in the cabin. All seats on the aircraft have been removed allowing us to carry all types of cargo including live animals, perishables, and so on.”
“At the moment we have scheduled the Jetstream 41 to fly cargo, and we will increase to the CRJ if demand goes up. There are restrictions on sizes of the aircraft in terms of the dimensions of the cabin and baggage hold and we are observing and taking safety precautions as the aircraft are initially passenger aircraft which will be used for cargo,” he added.
Proflight are working with Bid-Air cargo in handling and processing the cargo. Flights departs Lusaka at 19:30 and Johannesburg at 23:50hrs.
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