Swift claims 3 aircraft parked at KL airport

KUALA LUMPUR • The "missing" owner of the three aircraft parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport has come forward, refuting claims that the planes have been forgotten.

Swift Air Cargo's chief executive officer, Captain Blue Peterson, told The Star yesterday that the three Boeing 747s featured in newspaper advertisements on Monday belong to the company. He added that Swift has been the owner of the aircraft since June 8.

He said: "Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (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 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, Mr Syed Amir confirmed that the sale of the aircraft to Swift took place.

Mr Peterson expressed concern that MAHB had declared that "exhaustive steps" had been taken to find a contact person, as Swift executives had been meeting MAHB consistently.

He added that the first meeting with MAHB took place on June 17 with their senior general manager of operations services.

He said the last meeting with MAHB was on Oct 12, with both the chief operating officer and the general manager present, adding that he last heard from MAHB on Nov 3.

MAHB had published newspaper advertisements to serve as notice to the owners of three aircraft, saying that the planes may be sold or disposed of if they are not collected within 14 days.

The Star reported that attempts to reach MAHB have been unsuccessful.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2015, with the headline 'Swift claims 3 aircraft parked at KL airport'. Print Edition | Subscribe