Westair takes delivery of first Irish-registered Gulfstream G650


Malcolm Nason

Irish charter and management company Westair has taken delivery of the first Irish-registered Gulfstream G650 private jet.
Malcolm Nason

G650 MSN 6070 / EI-JSK arrives at its new home (Photo: Malcolm Nason).

Westair, based in Shannon, Ireland, has taken delivery of the first Gulfstream G650 private jet to be placed on the Irish aircraft register.

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The aircraft (MSN 6070 / EI-JSK left) the US manufacturer’s Savannah home-base on Saturday, arriving at its new Shannon home on Saturday evening.

Although the aircraft is registered under Westair Aviation, the aircraft belongs to Irish businessman and race horse-trainer John Patrick McManus, whose fortune was estimated by therichest.com to be be around $721.5 million.

When choosing aircraft registrations owners often pick something sentimental, so McManus’s children John, Sue Ann and Kieran will no doubt be delighted to see their first initials used in the aircraft’s EI-JSK registration.

Although the aircraft is the first to be placed on the Irish aircraft register, it is not the first G650 to be delivered to an Irish client.

That honor goes to Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, who took delivery of G650 MSN 6032 in July 2013. However, the aircraft was registered in the Isle of Man as M-GSIX.

With registration rules in the Isle of Man forbidding aircraft registered on the island to be used for charter purposes McManus’s Gulfstream could conceivably be available for charter. Corporate Jet Investor has asked Westair to comment but it yet to receive confirmation.

The new Gulfstream G650 will replace Gulfstream G550 MSN 5068 / EI-GDL that was delivered new in 2005.

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