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The Legacy of ‘The Starship’

by Admin 5. October 2011

At Miami Air, our airline fleet is made up of Boeing 737s. Most everyone knows that Boeing is a prestigious name in the aviation industry. However, one of their airplanes was truly a superstar.

The very first Boeing 720 had a mild start, but was destined for greatness. Built for and used by United Airlines in 1960, it was later sold to Contemporary Entertainment and christened “The Starship” in 1973. It went right to work flying some of the greatest musical talent from gig to gig.

Led Zeppelin famously chartered the aircraft for their 1973 and 1975 North American tours. They even had their logo painted onto the hull. Through the 70’s, The Starship was under almost constant service to some of the greatest rock stars of the time including Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, and The Allman Brothers. Sadly, The Starship’s glory days were short lived. It began to suffer from engine problems by 1974 and became permanently grounded by 1977. It now no longer exists, as it was disassembled for parts in 1982.

The Starship was heavily modified to go from commercial craft to luxury craft. Rock stars enjoyed such comforts as a shower, bedroom, and a bar with a built-in electric organ. Miami Air is no stranger to handling charters by entertainers who love our customization options for flights. Opt for open bar services and exquisite catering options. You can even be like Led Zeppelin and get your logo printed on the headrest covers, cups, napkins, and more. At Miami Air, your utmost comfort and safety are our priority.