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Isle of Man registry hits 1,000th registration milestone

The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR) has notched up its 1,000th M-prefixed registration – a Gulfstream G650ER: M-JSWB.

The milestone comes a little under 11 years since the British Crown Dependency burst onto the business aviation scene with the launch of the first aircraft register dedicated to privately-owned types.

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The aim of the IOMAR was to drive business and employment to the island's banks and legal and insurance firms, and to position the Isle of Man – located in the northern Irish Sea – as a centre for aerospace and aviation services.

IOMAR currently lists around 440 active M-prefixed aircraft, making it the sixth-largest business aircraft registry in the world and the second largest in Europe.

While business aircraft and helicopters make up the bulk of the current IOMAR tally, commercial airliners that are temporarily registered between operational leases account for around a dozen registrations.

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