Top 50 countries by number of business jets registered
Tuesday 11th February 2014

Corporate Jet Investor has compiled a list of the top 50 business jet registries in the world.
Citation Sovereign M-AGIC

A Cessna Citation Sovereign registered in the Isle of Man as M-AGIC (Photo: Paul Daly).

The table below presents the top 50 countries by the number of business jets in operation. It will come as no surprise that the number of aircraft registered in the US is far greater than anywhere else in the world. Out of all of the 50 countries below, the US alone accounts for 67 per cent of business jets and 63 per cent of the global fleet.

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In sixth position with 264 aircraft, the Isle of Man, located off the coast of the UK, opened for business in May 2007 and is continuing to be seen as a popular and quick place to register aircraft.

Latin American occupies three places in the top 10, with Brazil and Mexico in second and third Venezuela at number 10. Brazil, in particular, is a vast country that takes time to travel across, so the number of smaller aircraft provide businesses with vital links between towns and cities. Although no age analysis is available, the number of older aircraft in both Mexico and Venezuela is noticeable and with little official information available, it is proved difficult to obtain true numbers of aircraft that are still currently active.

Austria’s position at number seven is partly due to a number of aircraft with Russian owners. Russia’s own import duty and tax payable on aircraft placed on the Russian register makes Austria a very attractive alternative country to register aircraft – something that also benefits the Isle of Man.

The number of business jets registered in China excludes aircraft registered in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, each of which appear under their own entries. If we were to consolidate the three countries, China would jump two places in the list to number seven. Hong Kong, in particular, has a large number of aircraft registered and appear at 35th place with 32 business jet on the register.

Most popular private jet registries

Position Registered Country No. of Aircraft
1 United States 12,051
2 Brazil 764
3 Mexico 704
4 Canada 483
5 Germany 387
6 Isle of Man 264
7 Austria 244
8 United Kingdom 241
9 China 203
10 Venezuela 168
11 South Africa 160
12 Australia 154
13 Argentina 142
14 India 140
15 Portugal 138
16 France 132
17 Switzerland 123
18 Bermuda 117
19 Cayman Islands 114
20 Turkey 110
21 Spain 100
22 Italy 99
23 Denmark 62
24 United Arab Emirates 61
25 Saudi Arabia 56
26 Russian Federation 53
27 Luxembourg 48
28 Belgium 45
29 Aruba 45
30 Nigeria 41
31 Japan 36
32 Sweden 36
33 Malta 35
34 Czech Republic 34
35 Hong Kong 32
36 Philippines 32
37 Indonesia 27
38 Netherlands 27
39 Finland 26
40 Morocco 26
41 Thailand 25
42 Ukraine 24
43 Egypt 23
44 Chile 20
45 Serbia 17
46 Bulgaria 16
47 Kazakhstan 16
48 Colombia 16
49 Greece 15
50 Pakistan 15


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