When on concert tours, some musicians often find themselves with busy schedules, hopping from city to city. When it comes to long-distance trips, Canadian rapper Drake has opted for his own private transportation- a Boeing 767-200 with a completely customized interior. Video recently surfaced of the plane dubbed “Air Drake,” showing the jet’s lavish cabin. Let’s take a look at the jet and what it has to offer.
Video footage of cabin surfaces
It was on June 14th that some new video of the Air Drake cabin appeared online. Posted to Instagram by DJ Akademiks, the video tour shows how Drake has fully customized the widebody jet. Features include:
- Shiny gold detailing on the aircraft walls
- An entertainment/theatre room
- At least three fully-enclosed private suites
- Fully carpeted flooring
- Velvet couches
The video is somewhat of a repeat of an older DJ Akademiks video, which can be viewed here.
Appearance-wise, the cabin is a mix of smooth gold and wood surfaces, with carpet and furniture taking on either a beige or light purple color. One bulkhead is fitted with a large television and a full-mirror wall.
The video below mentions that the aircraft can seat 30 passengers comfortably, while ch-aviation data suggests that the aircraft is registered to accommodate a maximum of 45 passengers.
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About the Boeing 767
Drake’s private jet, Air Drake, is registered as N767CJ. This jet is a Boeing 767-200ER and is powered by two General Electric CF6 engines.
The aircraft was built in 1996 and first went to a Saudi Arabian operator known as Mid East Jet. According to data from Planespotters.net, the 767 was configured as a VIP aircraft right from the start.
After its time with Mid East Jet, the 767-200ER then headed to Elan Express, which is still listed as the operator of the aircraft. However, the registered owner, according to ch-aviation data, is the Canadian company Cargojet. Indeed, the Canadian connection is no coincidence, as the musician pointed out:
“Supporting homegrown businesses has always been a top priority of mine, so when an opportunity came up to get involved with a great Canadian company I was honored to do so,” -Drake via HipHopDX
As of February 2020, the aircraft had posted 11,346 flight hours across 2,823 flight cycles.
A free airplane?
According to previous reporting, the aircraft is provided to Drake free of charge in the form of a partnership with Cargojet. Sources note that Cargojet provided the aircraft covered in its current unique branding. This includes the OVO Owl (the logo of Drake’s clothing line), as well as prayer hands emblazoned on the tail.
And what does Cargojet get out of this deal? Apparently, it’s free publicity. And seeing as we’re writing about it now, it looks like they’re getting at least some return on their investment.
The Canadian cargo operator has a fleet of 25 aircraft- a mix of 757 and 767 freighters. These jets are fairly old, with a total average fleet age of 28.7 years.
What do you think of Drake’s private jet? How would you outfit your own 767 if you had the opportunity? Let us know by leaving a comment.