Know somebody who lost their jetliners? Tell them to head to Malaysia.
In what seems like a sort of gag, three Boeing 747-200Fs have been left behind at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Left with no leads regarding the owner, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) placed advertisements in Malaysian newspapers The Star and Sin Chew Daily in hopes that the clutter can be cleared.
“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 ad reads. The ad, which is supplemented by images of the planes, claims that funds raised from the sale would be used to pay expenses and debts.
According to Malaysia Airports, the ads, which were placed Monday, “serve as notice to the owner of the aircraft that the aircraft may be sold to recover the charges owed by the owner to Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd under the Civil Aviation Regulations 1996.”
Malaysia Airports said that the practice of developing an advertistment for public notice is common when airport operators are attempting to recover debts owed especially when the responsible company has stopped operations and is a foreign entity.
Apparently, the abandonment of aircraft at an airport does happen from time to time, at least that’s what Malaysia Aiports suggests.
“This step is also a common process undertaken by airport operators all over the world when faced with such a situation.”
The three planes have been left at KLIA for more than a year, having been abandoned at different times, Malaysia Airports general manager Zainol Mohd Isa told CNN.
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