Court Agrees to Ground [Euro]28m Plane over Debts

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Byline: Ray Managh

A BOEING 737 worth [euro]2 million was due to be seized by its owners after landing at Dublin Airport in the early hours of this morning.

The High Court cleared the way for the move after Irish-based firm Elviria Leasing claimed that Lithuanian company Star1 Airlines had defaulted on numerous occasions on monthly lease payments.

The leasing firm's barrister, Alan Doherty, said the airline also owed other companies significant sums of money and Elviria feared another creditor might seize the plane in another jurisdiction.

Mr Doherty told the court the Boeing was scheduled to land in Dublin Airport at 12.20am today.

He said Elviria was looking for court orders grounding it, pending the outcome of legal proceedings over outstanding debts of more than [euro]500,000 on the lease.

He told Judge Kevin Feeney he was making the application in the absence of Star1 Airlines amid concerns it might not fly the aircraft to Dublin but ground it in a jurisdiction which would make it more difficult for Elviria to access.

Mr Doherty was granted a court order restraining any publication of matters opened to the court until midnight last night. …