The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has announced the achievement of a significant milestone with the registration late yesterday of its 500th aircraft since its inception on 1 May 2007.
The 500th aircraft registered was a Bombardier Global 5000, registration M-SEAS, which was delivered new from the factory in Montreal Canada.
Minister for Economic Development, John Shimmin MHK, commented:
'I would like to congratulate Hartley Elder and all the team at the Registry on this achievement. The tremendous success of the register is testament to their hard work, high levels of customer service and to the strong relationships they have built with the aviation services industry in the Isle of Man, who in turn have performed a magnificent job in developing this sector.'
'The business-friendly approach offered by the Registry and industry typifies the advantages of the Isle of Man as an International Business Centre and has helped establish the Island as a one stop shop for aviation services.'
Director of Civil Aviation, Hartley Elder, commented:
'The Global 5000 is a wonderful example of the modern ultra long range corporate and VIP business jet, it can typically seat 18 passengers and fly between any two points on the earth with a maximum of one stop for fuel; an invaluable tool for anyone conducting business on an international scale.'
'The Aircraft Register specialises in the registration of Private and Corporate owned business jets; for many of the owners of these jets, this would be their first experience of doing business with the Isle of Man, we hope the ‘first impression’ we create will encourage them to consider doing more business with the islands private sector.'
Political Member with responsibility for the Aircraft Registry, Alex Downie OBE MLC added:
'I never thought the Aircraft Registry would develop as fast as it has so I would like to pass on my warmest congratulations to all the Aircraft Registry staff on reaching this magnificent milestone. Here’s to the next 500!'