Lees’ landings in Australia’s south-west will be the last.
The pair of pilots are on a 12-month, two-month flight across Australia and New Zealand to help the South African company, who was last year fined $1.6 million for its handling of a landings accident in Australia in 2016.
On Monday, the pair’s flight, named Landings 2, will land on the Sunshine Coast, a rugged, flat-lying, bushland-rich area of Queensland about an hour north of the city of Darwin.
“The last leg of our journey has been a really emotional one for the team and we are all extremely proud of the work we have done together,” Lees said in a statement.
His wife, Laura, said they had hoped to take their family and friends on a family holiday.
“It is a wonderful feeling to have our family and loved ones along for the ride,” Laura Lees told FourFourtwo.
Lees said his wife, who works for a major mining company, had been waiting for him for months to see if he would join her.
“He was so anxious to get out on his own, and he is so excited to have us along for that,” Laura said.
In an emotional video released by Lees, Laura Leys said their daughter, who is autistic, was excited about the experience.
“The moment we boarded the plane, she jumped out of the seat and took off running towards the cockpit,” she said.
“We have had a lot of fun, and she loves it.”
In a statement, Lees apologised to the families of the passengers and crew, but added: “It is our belief that our efforts will go towards helping South Africa to regain its international reputation and reputation as a place that welcomes and cares for all.”
Our sincere apologies to all of those affected by the incident and their families.
“On Friday, the Federal Government issued an apology to Lees and his wife after a video emerged of them taking the first plane to South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, on their journey.
South Africa’s aviation ministry said it was investigating the incident.
FAA spokesman Ian McNeil said the Federal Aviation Authority was aware of the video and would investigate the incident, but declined to comment further.
More to come.