from Zero Hedge:
Malaysia Is Hunting For Mystery Owner Who Abandoned Three Boeing 747 On Its Airport
One year ago, someone quietly parked their three Boeing 747-200F (which as shown on the image below have no identifiable insignia) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia and since then has decided – for reasons unknown – to forget all about them.
However, in the meantime, the airplanes have been raking up landing, parking and other charges and now the airport wants to not only find the owner, but to get paid.
Boeing no longer makes the 747-200, but the more modern 747-8 Freighter version is the company’s second-most expensive plane, with a list price of $379.1 million.
As CNN reports, officials from Malaysia Airports Holdings eager to clear the massive clutter and collect their unpaid invoices, took out ads in Malaysia’s The Star and Sin Chew Daily newspapers asking for the owner to please come get their planes. It has given the “mysterious” owner a 14-day ultimatum in which to collect his multi-ton “lost and found” or else the planes would be impounded, sold or “disposed of”:
“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 pursuant to the Civil Aviation Regulations 1996 and use the money raised to set off any expenses and debt due to us under the said regulations.”
“The giving of such notice by way of advertisement is a common and reasonable step in the process of debt recovery especially in cases where the company concerned has ceased operations and is a foreign entity whereby exhaustive steps undertaken to find a contact person have not been successful,” Malaysia Airports said in a statement.
Malaysia Airports general manager Zainol Mohd Isa told CNN the aircraft have been parked at KLIA for more than a year, having been abandoned at different times. It’s not clear who now bears responsibility for the aircraft and any related charges.
“They’ve yet to pay the parking fee — where do we send the bill?” Isa said.
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