KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11, 2015:
Claiming Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad’s (MAHB) refusal to acknowledge them as owner of three ”abandoned” aircraft, Swift Air Cargo said they have all supporting documents, including the Bill of Sale for the planes.
In a report by The Star Online today, it was said that Swift Air Cargo has owned the three planes parked at the KL International Airport (KLIA) since June 8 this year.
The airport had this week took out a notice in The Star and Sin Chew Daily to locate the owner of the three aircraft.
Swift Air Cargo chief executive officer Captain Blue Peterson was quoted by The Star Online today as saying that the sale of the aircraft to them was witnessed by solicitor Syed Amir Ibrahim of Syed Ibrahim & Co.
Peterson added that the documents were signed in Kuala Lumpur.
“MAHB for some unfathomable reason, refuses to acknowledge Swift as the owners of the aircraft,” Peterson had said.
The Star Online had also contacted the solicitor in question, and he too, confirmed that the sale did take place.
Peterson also claimed that various meetings had been held with MAHB, with the last one having been on Oct 12.
Pointing out that they last heard from MAHB on Nov 3, Peterson further alleged that the two had communication via letters since.
Peterson expressed his inability to understand why MAHB declared it took ”exhaustive steps” to trace the aircraft owners, particularly when Swift Air Cargo had been fulfilling their obligations.
The matter of three aircraft made world headlines after the notice came out in the two local papers.
MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali meanwhile told reporters yesterday that the owner of the aircraft had been found, but at that time, refused to disclose who they were.
However he did clarify that the three planes did not belong to Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).
The three Boeing 747-200F are all more than 30 years old and had spent most of its lifespan as a freighter plane for Air Atlanta Icelandic, among other airlines.
Two of the planes had also been leased to MASKargo for a brief period of time.