Cue public address system

‘Attention please, will the owner of three B747s please return to information counter to reclaim your misplaced freighters. Thank you.’ We really don’t know where to begin on this little news item that seems to be so curiously absurd that even the mainstream media outlets around the world picked up the story. In case you […]


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‘Attention please, will the owner of three B747s please return to information counter to reclaim your misplaced freighters. Thank you.’

We really don’t know where to begin on this little news item that seems to be so curiously absurd that even the mainstream media outlets around the world picked up the story.

In case you somehow managed to miss it, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) took out a full-page classified advertisement in Malaysia’s Th e Star newspaper asking for the “untraceable” owner to collect three B747-200F aircraft within 14 days or risk seeing them being sold or demolished to pay unpaid parking fees.

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Now we know the air cargo market is been pretty flat of late, but we didn’t realise it had gotten so bad that companies would just park and abandon their excess maindeck capacity! At first, the Belly Ache crew was speculating it was actually Singapore Airlines undertaking a little covert capacity reduction.

The Singapore carrier, once a powerhouse in the air cargo sector, seems to have developed a bit of freighter allergy and so we thought may they’ve decided to whittle their already diminished freighter fleet by another two or three by parking and ‘doing a runner’ (as the Aussies say) – after all, that’s what neighbours are for!