Has anyone lost three Boeing 747 cargo planes?
It was reported on Friday that Malaysian authorities were searching for the owners of three Boeing 747 cargo planes that had been ‘abandoned’ on the tarmac of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for more than a year.
The news came to light after officials at the airport placed an ad in a national newspaper requesting that the owner of the aircraft come forward.
The officials claim that they have been trying for more than a year to find out who the idle aircraft belong to, due to the accumulation of landing and parking fees.
Malaysia-based air cargo company Swift Air Cargo has now released a statement saying it is the owner of the three Boeing 747s and that they are not "abandoned".
"SWIFT Air Cargo is the owner and SWIFT very much has not forgotten its three B747s parked at KLIA," the statement said, adding that the aircraft were sold in June 2015 and that original supporting documents could prove it.
SWIFT added that the company was in regular contact with Malaysia Airports, with the last meeting held in October 2015.
"Since then, SWIFT and MAHB have been communicating with letters and we were waiting for yet another meeting to present more documentation and information as requested by MAHB (Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad), when instead MAHB announced to the world that the owner of the three B747s was missing," the statement said.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad had no replied to a request for comment at the time of writing.