Aircraft operated by airlines with one nationality but on the register of another nationality (excluding those on lease from other operators) seem to be registered in the Republic of Ireland, Bermuda or France. All the examples of French registered aircraft - like all of ME's and some of RJ
's Airbus fleets - are on the Overseas section of the French register (with a registration in the format F-Oxxx) and appear to all be Airbus aircraft (even though many (all?) are not owned by Airbus Industrie).
However there is no very obvious reason to me why most of AP
's fleet of 733s and 734s are registered in Ireland either instead of Italy or, alternatively, any other country. I find it a little difficult to believe that this is solely because of the domicile of the leasing company. This is because AP
operate aircraft registered in Ireland but leased from many different companies:
Airplane Holdings (EI-CWX)
Boullioun Aviation (EI-CXI)
GPA (EI-CLW & 'LZ
ILFC (EI-CRZ, EI
Indigo Aviation (EI-COH)
Orix (EI-DFD, 'FE
Pembroke Capital (EI-DGL)
and other airlines operate aircraft leased from these companies but registered in the home country of the operator.
I understand that Aeroflot and other Russian Federation airlines register western built aircraft in Bermuda (with a VP
-Bxx registration) to avoid import duty that would be payable if the aircraft were placed on the Russian register. Is there a similar advantage in AP
avoiding putting most of its current fleet on the Italian register? Why is it Ireland as oposed to any other country that they (and others) select?