MIAMI – When a musician or band buys their own plane, they have officially made it. In many cases, they are traveling the world so extensively; it makes financial sense to own a plane instead of chartering one.
In other cases, it’s just a case of living the rockstar lifestyle. This article will look at some of the most famous musicians and bands that have invested in their own planes.
In 2019, Drake bought a Boeing 767. New, this would have set the Canadian rapper back around US$200m (for a new 767-300ER). However, he bought a second-hand freighter, which he then converted into a private jet.
Calling his new plane ‘Air Drake’, he’s had it fitted out with one of the most luxurious interiors in the world of aviation. Gold walls, plush striped carpets, and giant TV screens are all features of this amazing private plane.
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic and long-lasting rock bands in the world. So it’s no surprise that they don’t fly coach when they tour across the globe. Instead, they have a Boeing 737-400 that is emblazoned with the famous red lip logo.
Inside, the decor is classy and befitting of a band that is well into its 70s. Instead of squashing in hundreds of seats, the plane is decked out with luxurious, brown sofas. With musicians struggling to make money in the COVID crisis, it will probably be a while until there’s another rock & roll band with their own plane.
Taylor Swift is one of the biggest names in pop. In fact, she’s so famous (and rich) that at one point, she owned two private jets.
Now, she has settled for one Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900 that reportedly cost around US$40m. The only way to spot Taylor’s plane is the number 13 custom insignia on the front, which relates to her lucky number.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Beyonce and Jay-Z are (arguably) the biggest power couple in music. With a combined net worth of over US$1bn, it’s no surprise that they have one of the best private jets in the business – a Bombadier Challenger 850.
Beyonce gifted the plane to Jay-Z on his first Father’s Day in 2012. It has two bathrooms, a luxurious bedroom, and enough seats for its staff. In short, it’s the sort of plane you’d expect from billionaire music royalty.
While Iron Maiden might not be the biggest name on this list, they definitely have the biggest plane – a Boeing 747. This goliath of the air can hold up to 432 passengers when it’s fully kitted out, so it should have plenty of room for the six members.
The most interesting thing about Iron Maiden’s plane is that it’s flown by the lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. Not many hard rock bands have a licensed Boeing 747 pilot as their lead singer.
Led Zeppelin was one of the biggest rock bands of the 70s. And, at the height of their powers, they had a Boeing 720 known as The Starship.
With a shag-carpet and a fully functioning bar, this private plane oozed 70s excess. As one of the most famous planes of the rock & roll era, this plane is involved in some of the craziest aviation stores there are.
Featured image: TF-AAK Air Atlanta Icelandic “Iron Maiden” Boeing 747-400 “Ed Force One.” Photo: De Bram Steeman – TF-AAK, CC BY-SA 2.0