Airport Wants to Know Who Left 3 747s Behind

Owner has 2 weeks left to pick them up
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2015 5:43 AM CST
Airport Wants to Know Who Left 3 747s Behind
These photos appeared alongside the ad in two Malaysian newspapers.   (Malaysia Airports Holdings)

If you've counted your planes recently and found yourself three Boeing 747s down, you may be just the person that authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport want to speak to. The jets have been parked at the Malaysian airport for more than a year, and the airport operator, which has been unable to trace the owner, has now taken out newspaper ads warning that they could be sold to cover parking fees and other expenses unless somebody claims them soon, CNN reports. "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 ads state.

"We placed out the advertisements because we want to remove ambiguity over ownership of the planes," the airport's general manager tells the AP. "We want the owners to step forward and we want the planes to be out of our airport bay." The airport operator says placing an ad to find an "untraceable" owner is a step "undertaken by airport operators all over the world when faced with such a situation," Bloomberg reports. The three 747-200Fs, which have the call signs TF-ARN, TF-ARH, and TF-ARM, once belonged to the leasing company Air Atlanta Icelandic, CNN reports, but the Icelandic firm says it sold them years ago and they're believed to have changed owners a few times since. (China has rolled out its state-produced answer to Boeing jets.)

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