A Malaysia-registered company, by the name of Splunk n’ Dash Sdn Bhd, has come forward as the legitimate owner of three unmarked B747Fs, which have been parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for more than a year without paying charges, such as parking fees.
Malaysia's airport operator on Monday took the unusual step of posting photos in two major newspapers of the three B747-200Fs. The notice warned the owners that the airport had the right to sell
or dispose of the planes unless they were collected within 14 days and that money raised by a sale would be used to offset any expenses and debts owed by the owner to Malaysia Airports Holdings
In a statement, Splunk n’ Dash Sdn Bhd said it was awaiting approval from Malaysian authorities to change its name to Swift Air Cargo, but that it legally bought the three aircraft in June and that it has since been in communication with MAHB, which had demanded more documentation on the purchase.
"We are dumbfounded and perplexed by Malaysia Airport's move. Swift is the owner and we definitely have not forgotten the planes," said Swift's lawyer, Syed Amir Syakib Arslan.
In a brief statement, Malaysia Airports said the claim of ownership could not be satisfactorily verified at this point and that it has asked the owner for more information. It said the newspaper notice was a normal legal process for debt recovery.
Swift plans to operate freight flights to South America and Africa
Syed Amir said Swift has given the airport operator the sale and purchase agreement, a legal declaration from the previous Hong Kong owner of the planes on the sale as well as other original supporting documents to show ownership of the plane.
He said Swift is only liable for parking charges since June and not responsible for previous dues but that it was willing to sit down and negotiate with the airport operator.
Swift also said that the company has been under development for 10 years and will start freighter services flights with two B747Fs from the Far East to Africa and South America.
Nol van Fenema