Sky’s the limit as JP buys €55m jet

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Sky’s the limit as JP buys €55m jet

The plush €55m Gulfstream G650 arrived last weekend and has been seen in the skies over Ireland and England in recent days as crews continue familiarisation training.

The jet is the first G650 to be registered in Ireland and, while listed under the name of Shannon- based Westair Aviation Ltd, the aircraft is owned by JP McManus.

The plane’s official Irish registration, EI-JSK, features the initials of McManus’s children John, Sue Ann, and Kieran.

The jet arrived from Gulfstream’s Savannah facility in the US on May 2 and will be based at Westair Aviation Ltd at Shannon Airport. It has already visited Luton and Newcastle airports in the past number of days.

Although it is the first G650 to be registered in Ireland, millionaire businessman Denis O’Brien already owns one, which he has registered in the Isle of Man, so it doesn’t carry an Irish tail number although it does sport a small Tricolour.

The G650 can fly up to Mach 0.925, as close as any traditional jet can get to the speed of sound.

Introduced in 2008, it can carry eight passengers and a crew of four on non-stop legs of up of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964km), so could actually fly from Shannon to Hawaii.

The cabin is all about comfort and style, with 16 design options available to cater to the most demanding of owners.

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