Downed Malaysia Airlines 777 owned by lessor AerLift

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The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that crashed in the eastern Ukraine on 17 July was owned by Amsterdam-based lessor AerLift Leasing and managed by AerCap.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows the original order for the aircraft, which bore registration 9M-MRD, was placed in January 1996 by MAS.

In March 1998 the carrier performed a sale and lease-back transaction with BOC Aviation, which in 2000 sold the aircraft to Fourteenth Waha Lease Ltd.

AerLift took ownership of 9M-MRD in 2010, when the he company was established in 2010 by Abu Dhabi-listed investment firm Waha and AerCap. It owns a portfolio of 11 commercial aircraft operated by a number of international airlines.

In April 2014, Waha sold its 60.7% stake in AerLift to an unidentified “newly-established” US-based aircraft leasing platform. Market sources, however, told Flightglobal that the buyer of the stake was New-York based lessor Echelon Aviaton.

The aircraft was powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines, and its maximum takeoff weight was 632,500lbs. It was equipped to carry 35 passengers in business class and 247 in economy.

The aircraft’s serial number was 28411, and its line number was 84.

There are strong indications that flight MH17, operating on the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur was downed by a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 aboard the aircraft.