Three mystery B747s have been left at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the airport is threatening to sell them for scrap unless the owner turns up and collects them.
KLIA has taken out newspaper advertisements trying to find the owners. Both Malaysia Airlines and Air Atlanta Icelandic have denied ownership.
“If they were ours, we would have claimed them,” a Malaysia Airlines official told Malaysia’s Star newspaper.
The airport is threatening to sell or dispose of the big planes if not collected within 14 days.
The hunt is on among aviation buffs to find the owners. The planes can apparently be seen on Google Earth searches of the airport. Two of the three aircraft have been linked to Malaysia Airlines, which is still often called MAS although the acronym is now officially MAB. A search on Airfleets.net shows that MASKargo had leased two of the planes from Air Atlanta Icelandic, the Star reports.
It has been claimed the third plane is also from Air Atlanta Icelandic but that company denies it.
“Air Atlanta Icelandic does not have any knowledge of who the current owner of these aircraft is and has nothing to do with these aircraft today,” a company spokesman told the Star. The planes had something to do with Iceland at one point, as the three aircraft have been deregistered from the Registry of Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority.
Pictures of one plane, which bears no markings, indicates it is a cargo aircraft, without windows except in the top deck. Many observers are flabbergasted that three aircraft of such size could turn up at an airport without the owners being known. As the planes were not built there, they must have flown in, and records should exist.
Written by Peter Needham