SAA used to use other airlines operating codes as well on many services. SA
Used to operation DAR, NBO, YVA/HAH and SEZ by operating JNB
LLW and then using the same aircraft with a continued service to all these other places using a QM
code. This system worked very well for most of the 80's.
The Malawi government was one of the few governments under Banda which had excellent relations with South Africa. South Africa paid for the construction of the new capital in LLW in exchange for these kinds of services. I know that for a short time even flights to LUN, EBB and ACC were operated in a similar manner.
In the late 80's even UTA managed to operate to South Africa by using this kind of system. If I am not mistaken the flights used to operate CDG
. The last sector was operated with a QM
flight designator. Other airlines used NBO like KL
There used to be 12 Intercontinental flights per week into LLW, that has since trickled down to none. Now SA
is preferred carrier for all Intercontinental traffic to LLW and BLZ.
I remember also during the 70's that the SA
727 Hijack at BLZ was a big scandal because technically the flight was a QM
I must admit it was a very interesting and costly decade for SA
QM001 (167 Air Malawi)
Operated by South African Airways