Lafite82 From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2012, 31 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7235 times:
I recently saw several private jets in HKG wearing an unusual registration starting with "M", including a Challenger 850 with registration M-LILY. Is "M" registration only applicable to private aircraft? and what country does this registration belong to? Thanks for any info on this.
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6745 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6947 times:
Quoting Lafite82 (Reply 7): Thanks guys, for the fast response. Aeroblogger commented that Isle of Man is a tax haven, so it would make sense for the many local super rich to register their toys here and pay a lower tax.
it is a rapidly growing prefix. It was only opened in around 2006 I think. I remember seeing my first one when there were only about 9 on the register.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7058 posts, RR: 17 Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6065 times:
Most (all?) airliners that have been on the Isle of Man Register have been temporarily withdrawn from use, usually between leases. Here is a link to that part of the IoM Registry covering this subject. It includes photos of nine "M" registered airliners, seven in full livery:
GCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5972 times:
One key point about the Isle of Man registry is that aircraft carrying an M- registration are prohibited from conducting public transport / commercial air transport flights. So airliners in commercial operation (not those between commerical operations which can be registered) and business jets operating for air charter operators can't carry M- registrations (otherwise I doubt you would see any G- registered business jets remaining on the UK register!). Those in the business seem to think the Manx registry is the best in the world (c.f. using P4-, VP-B, VP-C etc.).
The next competitor in the market will be be yet another island, Guernsey, with the 2- registry. So look for business jets registered 2-FAST, 2-QUIK, 2-MANY etc.