Rolling Stones Lease Swift Air B737, Give Plane Special Upgrade…

Rolling Stones’ private jet gets upgrade at KGSO

Rolling Stones Private Jet

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Blaine Clark, Brady Stakes and Roger Stakes (l-r) from Solo Graphic install the Rolling Stones’ logo on a 737 jet in Greensboro, N.C. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

(Winston-Salem Journal, June 4 2015)  –  I can’t imagine the Rolling Stones’ jet without a plush couch, a bar, mirrors on the ceiling and bedrooms in the back.

Back when my life was devoted to term papers and SAT scores, I caught stories and photos of their depraved mid-air parties with the longing imagination only an adolescent boy can appreciate.

The tour plane I saw Tuesday resonated with one stark message: We’re all a lot older.

Especially the Stones.

Swift Air, which flies elite sports teams and pop stars around North America, was putting final touches on the Boeing 737-400 that will take the Stones on their 2015 “Zip Code” tour beginning this week.

Rolling Stones Tour Plane Interior

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Boris Van Lier, chief operating officer at Swift Air, stands inside the Rolling Stones’ 737 jet that is being leased from Swift for the rock band’s North American tour.

The Phoenix-based company’s operations center is at Piedmont Triad International Airport, where it maintains the nine planes it uses for those contracts and leisure flights.

Inside, the plane was filled with comfortable brown, leather seats suitable for the Morgan Stanley board of directors.

But my inner adolescent beamed when I saw the white exterior plastered with the 10-foot crimson lips and tongue logo that has defined the Stones for 45 years.

Continued…  Full article & photos here.  

Courtesy Richard M. Barron/News & Record

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