India’s tax authorities will auction off an Airbus Corporate Jets ACJ319 aircraft previously used by Vijay Mallya, the former chairman of defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
The auction will open on Wednesday 29 June and close on Thursday 30 June, according to Indian government auction website MSTC.
The aircraft bears registration number VT-VJM and the manufacturer’s serial number 2650. Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database shows that it owned by Caymen Islands firm CJ Leasing.
After entering service in November 2006, it operated for seven years before being parked in March 2013.
The 2005-vintage aircraft is powered by IAE V2500 engines. It can accommodate 25 passengers and six crew.
Kingfisher previously operated an extensive domestic and international network, mainly targeting business travellers. After its acquisition of low-cost carrier Air Deccan, it gradually fell into extreme financial difficulties and was ultimately forced to suspend operations on 30 September 2012.
Its scheduled operator's permit was suspended in in 2012, and the carrier’s attempts to revive it have failed. Mallya, for his part, reportedly faces extensive legal problems in India, mainly stemming from the failed airline, and now lives in the UK.