Virgin America’s ‘Air Drake’ Takes Flight

Plane named after the rapper flies from Los Angeles to Toronto with Drake, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more onboard.

Drake has not only established himself as a rising star in the music industry; he’s also become a rising star in a very literal sense.

On Tuesday, Virgin America marked its first international destination from Los Angeles to Toronto with a party aboard Air Drake, an Airbus A320 named after the Canadian rapper. According to Billboard.com, Drake attended the aerial party alongside Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The flight made a stop in San Francisco to pick up more passengers, including dancer Cheryl Burke and actors Gregory Smith and Gilles Marini. On landing in Toronto, Drake and his fellow passengers celebrated with a red-carpet party on the airport tarmac.

“Flying on ‘Air Drake’ is truly humbling,” the recording artist and actor said of the experience. “I’m truly honored to have a plane named after me.”

The first flight of Air Drake comes less than a month after his debut, Thank Me Later, dropped on June 15, selling more than 400,000 records in its first week and reaching #1 on the Billboard albums chart. In late June, Drake was the subject of an MTV documentary titled “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” in which the up-and-coming rapper pulled the curtain back to reveal key details about his personal life.

“I have always been hesitant to share the details of my life with the world, but for the first time, I am comfortable and confident that you will love this story,” Drake said of the documentary in June.

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