JP McManus has joined an elite club of the super rich having splashed out a reported €55m on a top-of-the-range personal jet which bears the initials of his three children John, Sue Ann and Kieran.
The plush Gulfstream G650 which arrived earlier this month has been seen in Shannon Airport as well as 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 the Limerick man.
The plane’s official Irish registration, EI-JSK, features the initials of Mr 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. The G650 can fly up to Mach 0.925, as close as any traditional jet can get to the speed of sound. 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 particular of owners.
According to Gulfstream G650 delivery data, seen by the Limerick Leader, Gulfsteam G650 number 63 left the Gulfstream’s factory in Savannah on April 29 last to be delivered to JP McManus.
According to the data, the first Gulfsteam G650 was delivered on December 20, 2012 to Wynn Resorts in the US.
Deliveries have also been made to Earthstar/Disney, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz bin Saud of Saudi Arabia, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, global coffee chain Starbucks, hover company Dyson, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and leading global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The waiting list for the prestigious plane now stands at around four years.