Malaysia Airports (MAHB) had been in communication with Shaanxi Sunshine Cargo, a company based in China, for the purpose of the settlement of parking charges and the subsequent relocation of three ‘’abandoned’’ aircraft until Sept 2013.
However, there had been no further communications since then and subsequent checks had shown that Shaanxi Sunshine Cargo had ceased operations, said MAHB in a statement today.
Since then, the Boeing 747-200F aircraft, parked at KL International Airport (KLIA), had not been registered under any company.
Among others, registration of any aircraft required the issuance of an Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) by a country’s civil aviation authority.
MAHB, as part of the debt recovery process, had issued an advertisement on Dec 7 in two local newspapers to serve as notice to the owners of the three cargo aircraft.
It said that these three aircraft had been parked in KLIA since mid-2010 by Air Atlanta Icelandic – an aircraft leasing company who were the then owners of the said aircraft.
Air Atlanta Icelandic subsequently de-registered these aircraft and dissolved responsibility over them when the ownership of the aircraft was transferred to Shaanxi Sunshine Cargo.
Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd general manager Zainol Mohd Isa said: “As a responsible airport operator, Malaysia Airports undertakes to verify all claims of aircraft ownership with the relevant authorities.
“Thus far, we have not been able to do so to our satisfaction. As such, we urge the rightful owner to furnish us with the required information for verification purposes,” he said.
Malaysia Airports assured the public that its actions were in accordance to legal procedures and any future action would be handled privately with the rightful owner.
The three aircraft carried the registration numbers TF-ARM, TF-ARN and TF-ARH.
All three had been housed at the airport’s Bay B62, B61 and Bay M3 respectively.
All three aircraft were more than 30 years old.