Date
20 January 2017
The three planes are from the long-discontinued Boeing 747-200F line of freighters. Photo: Wikipedia
The three planes are from the long-discontinued Boeing 747-200F line of freighters. Photo: Wikipedia

OK, who forgot their planes? Airport posts ad to find owners

There are a few rather large items waiting at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s lost-and-found department.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd., which operates the airport, placed an advertisement Monday in the country’s best-selling English-language daily asking the “untraceable” owner of three Boeing 747-200F planes to come and collect them.

The planes are parked at three separate bays at KLIA in Sepang, outside the Malaysian capital, the Star newspaper ad showed.

“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 notice read.

Out of production since 1991, even the newest models from the 747-200F line would fetch only pennies on the dollar, Bloomberg reported.

A freighter from that year has a market value of about US$13.1 million — and a 1978 version would be worth only about 1/10th that sum, prices compiled by aviation consultant Avitas show.

That’s a reflection of the planes’ age as well as dwindling demand for four-engine jets and a slumping air cargo market.

The three jumbos have been sitting on the KLIA tarmac for more than a year, said Zainol Mohd. Isa, the contact person listed in the ad.

“We have been in communication with the so-called owner, but they have not been responding to take away the aircraft. That’s why we go through this process, to legalize whatever actions we want to take,” Zainol told Bloomberg.

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