Your Memory Is Probably NOT As Bad As This Person Who "Forgot" His 3 Jumbo Jets At KLIA

There are a few unusually large items lying at the lost-and-found counter of KLIA.

Cover image via Yus Rin/EPA

'Missing' owners of 3 Boeings at KLIA says MAHB refuses to acknowledge them as the owners

Photo taken from Swift Air Cargo's website.

Image via The Star Online

On Monday, 7 December, MAHB published a newspaper advertisements to serve as notice to the owners of three Boeings 747, saying that the planes will be sold or disposed of if not collected within 14 days.

Now according to a report in The Star Online, Swift Air Cargo, which is currently called Splunk n' Dash Sdn Bhd, has come forward as the "missing" owner of the three Boeings parked at KLIA, claiming that the company has been in contact with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) on a "consistent basis".

Swift Air Cargo CEO Captain Blue Peterson told The Star Friday that the three Boeing 747 that were featured in newspaper advertisements on Dec 7 belonged to the company. He said Swift has been the owner of the three aircraft since June 8 this year.

"MAHB knows this for we have been in many meetings with them about the aircraft.

"MAHB for some unfathomable reason refuses to acknowledge Swift as the owners of the aircraft, even though we have all of the supporting documents, including the Bill of Sale for the three aircraft," he claimed.

He said the sale of the aircraft to Swift Air Cargo was witnessed by solicitor Syed Amir Ibrahim of Syed Ibrahim & Co, when the documents were signed in Kuala Lumpur. When contacted, Syed Amir confirmed that the sale of the aircraft to Swift took place.

Captain Peterson also claimed that he had a Statutory Declaration from the previous owner, notarised in Hong Kong and with the Malaysian Consulate stamping it. "All the many various supporting documents, clearly state that Swift is the owner of all three B747’s," he said.

Attempts to reach MAHB have so far been unsuccessful.

Don't you hate it when you can't remember where you left your car keys? Well, how about Boeing 747-200F Jumbo Jet? Wait, what?

Yep. Someone apparently "forgot" not one, not two, but three of the massive Jumbo Jets at the KLIA at Sepang. And now Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), the country’s main airport operator, is seeking the owner.

One of three Boeing 747 aircraft abandoned at KLIA in Sepang.

Image via Yus Rin/EPA

After failing to trace the owner of the three commercial planes despite having their registration numbers, they put out this bizarre notice in the classifieds section The Star newspaper on Monday:

Snapshot of the notice as it appeared in The Star’s classifieds section on Monday.

Image via The Star

Malaysia Airports has given the unknown owner 14 days to collect:

“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 notice read, adding that the money raised would be used to offset any expenses and debts due.

Based on the list provided in the notice, the three Boeing 747-200F planes comprised an off-white aircraft with the registration number TF-ARM, a white one with the registration number TF-ARN, and another white one with the registration number TF-ARH. The owner was told to contact Malaysia Airports (Sepang) general manager Zainol Mohd Isa at 03 87766100.

Zainol Mohd. Isa, the contact person listed in the advertisement, while speaking to Bloomberg news agency, told that the planes had been sitting on the tarmac for more than a year

He declined to say how much in parking fees and other charges were owed.

“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 said by phone Tuesday.

“We want to clear the area, we want to utilize our parking bay.”

According to CNN, several aviation databases list the Boeings as belonging to leasing firm Air Atlanta Icelandic, but that company says it sold them in 2008.

Since then, the Boeings have changed hands several times.

“If it was ours, we would have claimed it,” an unnamed officer with Malaysia’s national airline was quoted saying by The Star Online in a report last night.

In a separate report, the news portal reported Air Atlanta Icelandic confirming it used to own the three Boeing planes bearing the registration numbers TF-ARM, TF-ARN and TF-ARH.

However, the Icelandic airliner’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing Baldvin M. Hermannsson said his company was not the current owner and that two aircraft were deregistered from Iceland’s Civil Aviation Authority in June 2011 while the third has its name removed in January 2012.

“Air Atlanta Icelandic does not have any knowledge of who the current owner of these aircraft is today, and has nothing to do with these aircraft today,” Hermannsson was quoted as saying in an email response to The Star Online.

Malaysia Airports says it's entitled to sell the Boeings under the country's civil aviation regulations if no owner comes forward

"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.

"This step is also a common process undertaken by airport operators all over the world when faced with such a situation."

The advertisements dated 7 December 2015 in The Star and Sin Chew Daily.

Image via Malaysia Airports

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