SEPANG, Dec 10, 2015:
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has identified the owners of the three mystery Boeing 747-200F aircraft abandoned at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Its managing director, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said MAHB had been trying to contact the owners of the aircraft but it was difficult to trace them and some calls went unanswered.
“The aircraft are on lease with multiple owners…
“We have identified the owners of the aircraft. We know the owners and they’re all registered.
“Each aircraft has many owners but it is difficult to trace them,” he told reporters at the British Airways launch of the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to KLIA.
Badlisham did not share details of the owners of the three B747. However, he stressed that the planes are not owned by national carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB).
“It definitely does not belong to MAB. If it was MAB, they would’ve taken action because the airplanes are an asset to them,” he said, adding that MAHB was focusing on resolving the issue as soon as possible.
Last Tuesday, MAHB placed an advertisement in local newspapers – The Star and Sin Chew Daily – seeking the owners of the three B747s that were abandoned at KLIA for over one year.
“If you fail to collect the aircraft within 14 days of the date of this notice, we reserve the right to sell or otherwise dispose of the aircraft,” the advertisement said.
The notice was addressed to the then untraceable owners of the aircraft.
Based on checks by The Rakyat Post on the Internet, it was discovered that the last recorded owners of the aircraft online were Air Atlanta Icelandic.
However, in their reply to The Star, the Iceland-based airline denied owning the three Boeing aircraft, saying they were all returned to their owners and have been deregistered from the Registry of the Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority.