*Virgin America celebrated its first international flight from California to Toronto on Tuesday (June 29) with a party aboard an Airbus A320 aircraft dubbed the “Air Drake,” named after the Toronto-raised rap star.
Hosted by Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and Drake himself, the flight marked the first international destination for the California-based airline.
Bronson and Schwarzenegger took off from LAX and made a stop in San Francisco, where they picked up more passengers, including actors Gregory Smith and Gilles Marini and dancer Cheryl Burke, among others, for the mile-high bash.
“Flying on ‘Air Drake’ is truly humbling. I’m truly honored to have a plane named after me,” Drake said via video about the experience.
Upon touchdown, the plane was greeted in Canada with a water cannon salute, an international welcoming committee and a red carpet party on the arrival tarmac.
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.
As previously reported, Drake was forced to cancel the European leg of his tour and return home to Toronto due to his mother’s illness.