Vietnam mulls auction of abandoned Boeing

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Aviation authorities are considering auctioning a Boeing 727 which has been left at the airport in Hanoi for the past four years by a Cambodian airline, VnExpress reported Saturday.


The newswire quoted an unnamed official of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam as saying that the aircraft, owned by the Royal Khmer Airlines, will probably be sold after the issuance of a decree on procedures for storage of airplanes and ships.


The decree's draft is now still being discussed and expected to be submitted to the government this September.


All the takings from the airplane's auction will be submitted to the state budget, or people who have suffered since its operation was stopped, the official said in VnExpress.


According to aviation authorities, since the airplane was abandoned at the Noi Bai Airport in August, 2007, they haven't been able to deal with it because Vietnam didn't have specific regulations instructing them to do so.


The report on VnExpress said the airplane was launched into operation on the route between Siem Reap and Hanoi in the summer of 2007, but was halted very soon after due to technical problems.


Its storage fees have risen to several billion dong, but the Phnom Penh low cost carrier is yet to make any payment.


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