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Isle of Man Aircraft Registry voted 'best in the world'

Thursday, 16 August 2012

A survey of leading aviation lawyers from around the world, conducted by leading aviation publication ‘Corporate Jet Investor’, has voted the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry the best aircraft registry in the world.

Votes were cast in four categories: speed of service; customer service; value for money; and innovation. The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry appeared as one of the top three registries in all categories, coming out on top for speed of service and innovation.

The general consensus among the lawyers was that the Registry was the most user-friendly and ideal for aircraft not intended to operate commercially. This is the first ever survey to find out the views of leading business jet lawyers towards the various aircraft registries around the world.

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has grown substantially since it was launched in May 2007 and there are now over 500 aircraft on the register, making it the fastest growing offshore register in the world. Its client base is global and the success of the Registry means that the Isle of Man is now home to a world-class group of companies who offer support services for owners and operators of corporate and private jets.

Isle of Man Director of Civil Aviation, Hartley Elder, commented:

'This is a tremendous accolade that once again highlights the excellence and hard work shown by all the team in the Aircraft Registry and our surveyors around the world. It is particularly pleasing that this recognition has come from one of the leading aviation titles via a survey of global aviation lawyers. We strive to offer the highest levels of customer service and this recognition from the industry also highlights the excellence of our local aviation businesses.'

Alex Andrews of Corporate Jet Investor said:

'The idea of the survey was to discover what aviation lawyers really think about the aircraft registries they deal with on a daily basis. The success of the Isle of Man in our survey reflects two things: the strength and customer service of the registry itself and also how good the Isle of Man’s service companies are. To accomplish this in just five years is a remarkable achievement.'

The Isle of Man’s political Member with responsibility for the Aircraft Registry, Alex Downie OBE MLC commented:

'This is great news for the Registry, the local aviation services industry and for the Isle of Man as it reinforces the high status that the Island now enjoys within the aviation industry. To have become such a major global player in such a short space of time is testament to the strong relationships between the Registry and the aviation industry. The Isle of Man’s aircraft register is clearly the outstanding choice for corporate and private jet registration.'

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