Three Abandoned Boeing 747 At Kuala Lumpur Airport Looking For Their Owner – Are They Yours?

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Kuala Lumpur Airport authorities in Malaysia have a problem. They have three Boeing 747 with unknown ownership sitting on their tarmac and these need to go.

747ACFTThe aircraft are sitting idle on the airports premises for quite some time, bearing an Icelandic registration (since expired) and nobody claims ownership over the three Jumbo Jets.

Yes, you heard that right. Three fully equipped Jumbo Jets sitting around like a lame duck in a countries main International Airport without being moved for months or even drawing attention to themselves.

The story has been all over the internet the last few days and The Malay Mail (access here) had a piece on it as well.

Wanted! The owner of three Boeing 747-200F who left them behind in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang.

Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd, the country’s main airport operator that also manages the KLIA, put out this bizarre notice in the classifieds section the The Star newspaper today, after failing to trace the owner of the three commercial planes despite having their registration numbers.

The owner is being sought under the Civil Aviation Act 1969 and has 14 days from date of publication to claim his planes parked at Malaysia’s foremost airport.

“If you fail to collect the aircraft within 14 days of the date of this notice, we reserve the right to sell or to set off any expenses and debt due to us under the said Regulations,” the notice warned.

I’d say it’s a pretty good guess that whoever owns these planes just looked for an appropriate dumping ground without having to pay for scrapping them. Maintenance and holding fees are pretty substantial over time especially for such old aircraft B747-200F.
The owner was further cautioned that he would have to pay Malaysia Airports (Sepang) certain charges, presumably for stashing his aircraft there, though the notice did not say how much or how long the planes have been at KLIA.
It is unknown if this is the first time such an incident has occurred, or if similar notices have been taken out by the airport operators previously.
Here is the newspaper article (one whole page) as it ran yesterday in Malaysia:
Malaysia Plane Notices
So there you have it, if these planes are yours please step forward and pick them up. Better bring your Amex or Cash as well!
Conclusion
I hate to say it but something like this could only happen in Malaysia. At least I can’t think of many more countries in the developed world where someone can just dump 3 jumbos and nobody pays any attention to it for an extended period of time. This will be interesting to follow and see what happens to the frames.

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