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The Most Famous Private Planes in the Music Industry

The Most Famous Private Planes in the Music Industry
Brenda Bertram

Have you ever dreamed of soaring the skies in your private jet? No need to worry about knocking knees with the unwashed in economy class—instead, free-flowing champagne and king-sized beds are the order of the day. Now imagine you’re taking the trip in the company of music royalty. Not the worst way to travel, right?

Famous musicians often tour with some pretty challenging schedules, and this can make hiring a private jet a sensible option. When you consider private charters offers celebrities a bit of much-needed rest—or a chance to have a party in the sky—it makes perfect sense that many musicians choose to shun commercial travel.

Air Drake (The AIO Entertainment/YouTube)

Air Drake

Want to cart some of your nearest and dearest around the world with you on tour? Drake did—and has acquired himself a customized Boeing 767 to traverse the skies.

While it’s unclear whether Drake has leased or purchased the aircraft, it’s obvious that he hasn’t spared any expense in fitting out the interior. Air Drake seats a maximum of 30 people in spacious, comfortable lounge-style seating, and the plane is emblazoned with his famous ‘owl’ logo on the side.

Taylor Swift’s Dassault Falcon 900 (LoveJT8D/YouTube)

Swiftly Does It

Taylor Swift can add another string to her rather impressive portfolio of achievements—being one of the youngest singers to have their private jet.

Swift purchased a Dassault Falcon, seating 12 people, and featuring her lucky number on the nose (13). While it’s not the biggest private jet on this list, it’s still rumored to have cost her a cool $40 million. Her cats certainly seem to enjoy flying in style.

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Bombardier Challenger 850 (KRhymme/YouTube)

Beyonce’s Bombardier

What do you give the man who has everything, including a multimillion-dollar fortune? A business jet, it seems. On Father’s Day in 2012, Beyonce gave rapper husband Jay-Z a Challenger 850, a mid-size business aircraft manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace. Most dads have to settle for a pair of socks.

With a comfortable bedroom, kitchen and lounge areas, and seating up to 16 people, the plane is used to shuttle the family on world tours and international travel between their homes in Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

Ed Force One (Boeing/YouTube)

Ed Force One

A list of stars’ planes wouldn’t be complete without Ed Force One. This private 747 was piloted around the world in 2016 by the band’s very own Bruce Dickensen.

Despite a minor mishap which temporarily held up proceedings, the plane—leased from Air Atlanta—eventually traveled to over 45 cities in support of The Book Of Souls tour.

Concorde (Dean Morley/Flickr)

Freddie’s Birthday Concorde

When you want 100 of your closest friends shuttled across the Atlantic in style, what do you do? If you’re Freddie Mercury, you book out one of British Airway’s Concordes. While the interiors of the plane were not particularly luxurious, they were associated with stardom and riches and were a popular choice for travel for many celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s.

Though the details are a little dicey over whether it was his 33rd or 35th birthday, it seems Mercury chartered the supersonic jet to take his friends from London to New York in record time. The fact that the party guests consumed over $200,000 USD in champagne may well have played a part in blurring the details of the epic party.

Celine Dion’s Bombardier BD 700 Global Express XRS (15 MOF/YouTube)

The Power of Love—and Jet Fuel

Okay, so she isn’t exactly a rockstar, but Celine Dion certainly travels in style. How many other celebrities can boast that their private jet has a full kitchen and several full-scale bathrooms?

Dion’s Bombardier BD 700 Global Express XRS cost a reported $42 million, and costs around $3 million a year to keep operational.

Kim and Kayne Go West

And if you really want to look disconnected from humanity, look no further than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

In 2018, the power couple flew what appeared to be an otherwise empty 747SP at a reported cost of $200,000 per hour.

The couple later admitted that the flight was, in fact, extravagant and unnecessary, but it hasn’t stopped Kardashian from flying privateeven after singing the praises of Greta Thunberg. Ah, celebrities.

The Starship

The Starship is probably the most famous plane to shuttle musicians around the world during the 1970s. Purchased by Bobby Sherman, the Boeing 720 was kitted our for touring rockstars, and transported The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Elton John, and Peter Frampton, amongst others.

Seating around forty people, it also boasted a shower room, full bar, organ, and a private room at the back of the plane. Sadly, it began to show engine troubles in the late 1970s and was scrapped for parts.

Those photos you see of the Rolling Stones lounging in aircraft in the 1970s? They’re probably on the Starship. The Stones fly in slightly more sedate style these days, though. The Swift Air 737 used for the latest Rolling Stones tours looks comfortable but is less exotic than the Stone’s previous digs.

 

[Featured Image: Steve Williams/Wikimedia]

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  1. Dr.Ells

    February 5, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Sadly, Celine dion is the only person on this list with whom I would ever deign to travel. The others? Arrogant molecules that I would never touch. Music? Try Mozart, and THEN ask what music is.

  2. Dubiox

    February 9, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Dickinson. Spelling is too hard I guess.

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