A BRAND new Bombardier Global 5000 is the 500th aircraft to be registered on the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.
And to mark the landmark, the island’s director of Civil Aviation Hartley Elder made a presentation to a representative of the aircraft’s owners, Jana Aviation Limited, during a recent visit to Executive Aircraft Services in Beirut.
The specially-commissioned crystal rectangle, which contains a laser-etched, 3D high-definition image of a Bombardier Global 5000, was presented to Mohammed Safadi of Jana Aviation by Hartley Elder. The detail in the etching also includes the aircraft’s registration – M-SEAS – on the side of the engines.
Mr Elder said: ‘The global nature of our client base means that this presentation was a rare, but invaluable, opportunity to meet the owners of one of our fleet in order to recognise this significant achievement.
‘The Aircraft Registry has existed for a little over five years and in that time the whole team, both present and past, have exceeded every expectation by working extremely hard to register the first 500 aircraft.’
He told the Manx Independent that the registry itself didn’t make a profit for the Manx government, but was cost-neutral with the fees covering the operation and administration costs.
The benefit to the Manx economy instead came with the opportunities it offered to private companies involved in the aircraft registration business such as corporate services providers and tax advisors.
The Isle of Man has established itself as an important centre for global aviation business and as well as registration of private and corporate jets. It is also home to many firms dealing with aircraft mortgages for foreign banks and the management of new structures to own and manage ‘M’-registered aircraft.
M-SEAS is the 96th Bombardier model to join the register.