You can buy a Boeing 747 online in China

23 Novembre, 2017, 00:09 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet flies over the Kai Tak Airport control tower bottom as it approaches the Runway 13 on the last day of the 73-year-old airport

Two jumbo jets have been sold on China's Alibaba's e-commerce platform Taobao, it has emerged.

Taobao's court auction platform is a trove of assets from cities across China, with real estate, industrial equipment and vehicles - in various states of fix - up for bids.

Alibaba said the three jets previously belonged to Jade Cargo International, a freight carrier that filed for bankruptcy in 2013. According to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua, the auction gathered over 800,000 viewers. The court had tried auctioning the jets offline six times since 2015, according to the news agency, but couldn't find any buyers. Left with no choice, the courts chose to put them up for sale online in September. The seller was cited to be the Intermediate People's Court of Shenzhen City, although their third plane that was also up for sale remains.

Taobao's court auction platform was launched in 2012, in order to sell property, industrial equipment and vehicles.

Two Boeing 747 planes have been sold on the Chinese e-shopping website Taobao for more than 320m yuan
Two Boeing 747 planes have been sold on the Chinese e-shopping website Taobao for more than 320m yuan

Taobao's court auction platform features assets from cities across China, with real estate, industrial equipment and vehicles - in various states of fix - up for bids.

The idea of courts holding online auctions isn't exactly a new idea however. "Online auctions save time and service fees for bidders".

But if you've always wanted to get your hands on a 747, fret not.

The Boeing 747 is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, "Jumbo Jet". The court made a decision to put them up for sale on Taobao's auction platform in September.

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