Boeing planes abandoned at Senai airport auctioned off for scrap at bargain price

One of the Boeing jets being demolished at the Senai International Airport following the auction.
One of the Boeing jets being demolished at the Senai International Airport following the auction.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Three Boeing 747 aircraft - once worth tens of millions of ringgit - have been sold at a public auction for only RM800,000 (S$258,000) after being abandoned at the Senai International Airport for many years.

The successful foreign bidder, believed to be an aerospace scrap recycling company, has since started demolishing the aircraft.

It has to clear the three superjumbo jets over the next few weeks.

It is understood that several companies bid for the planes during the auction a few weeks ago.

At least three excavators were used to tear down the bodies of the planes.

Johor Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Tee Siew Kiong said he was aware that the planes had been sold.

However, he was not sure what the company intended to do with the aircraft.

The three planes belonged to a US-based company, which bought them as part of its aviation venture in the region.

However, the two cargo planes and a commercial one never took off and were left idle at the airport for about 10 years.

The aircraft, which used to be worth about RM125 million each, are now covered in dirt and soot.

It is understood that the planes' previous owner owed the Senai airport more than RM1 million in parking charges. Aviation officials said the case had even gone to court and was won by the airport.

An old Facebook post claimed that the planes were being offered for sale at RM5.3 million each, and that they were more than 30 years old and  good only for scrap.