Top 50 countries by number of business jets registered

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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Gulfstream G650. Highest rated business jet

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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

PositionRegistered CountryNo. of Aircraft
1United States12,051
2Brazil764
3Mexico704
4Canada483
5Germany387
6Isle of Man264
7Austria244
8United Kingdom241
9China203
10Venezuela168
11South Africa160
12Australia154
13Argentina142
14India140
15Portugal138
16France132
17Switzerland123
18Bermuda117
19Cayman Islands114
20Turkey110
21Spain100
22Italy99
23Denmark62
24United Arab Emirates61
25Saudi Arabia56
26Russian Federation53
27Luxembourg48
28Belgium45
29Aruba45
30Nigeria41
31Japan36
32Sweden36
33Malta35
34Czech Republic34
35Hong Kong32
36Philippines32
37Indonesia27
38Netherlands27
39Finland26
40Morocco26
41Thailand25
42Ukraine24
43Egypt23
44Chile20
45Serbia17
46Bulgaria16
47Kazakhstan16
48Colombia16
49Greece15
50Pakistan15

Most popular business jet: Cessna Citation series with over 7000 built

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Looking for a smaller aircraft, the Honda Jet

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