Leonard Cohen In Transit – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the 1987 John Hughes film that paid homage to the recurrent Thanksgiving migration of millions of Americans, propelling themselves by a variety of devices over hill and dale to gather for the holiday is DrHGuy’s personal favorite Thanksgiving movie.1 It is also the inspiration for this sampler of Leonard Cohen In Transit photos.


The Icejet Dornier 328 Jet Used In 2009 Leonard Cohen Tour


The Plane, Leonard, The Plane


And he took you up in his aeroplane,
Which he flew without any hands,
And you cruised above the ribbons of rain
That drove the crowd from the stands.

From Master Song
By Leonard Cohen


Air transport was key to Leonard’s career, especially during the 2008-2013 tours. And, no plane was more integral to those travels than The Icejet Dornier 328 Jet. Information and photos can be found at Fly Unified – Heart: Leonard Cohen Aviation.


Icejet [a private jet operator], which is headquartered in Reykjavik, has two Dornier 328 Jet aircraft based at Oxford – one in a 14-seat luxury configuration and one in a 19-seat corporate shuttle layout.

From the beginning of July through to 24 September Icejet dedicated its 19-seater to the Leonard Cohen World Tour which took in cities such as Nantes, Paris, Lisbon, Venice, Istanbul, Palma, Vigo and Leon in Spain, Gerona, Monte Carlo, Cologne, Norde and Langesund in Norway, Dublin, Belfast and Tel Aviv. In the UK the aircraft flew into Farnborough and Liverpool airports. The tour was organised by Sound Moves of New Zealand and arranged through UK charter broker Classic Aviation Services. “This is the second occasion we have used Icejet for a Leonard Cohen tour and it went extremely smoothly. Their aircraft are always exceptionally well presented. The crew are very friendly and professional. Icejet really is a cut above the rest,” commented Philip Thompsett, Managing Director. [emphasis mine]2

Of course, private jets were supplemented by commercial flights, as shown in “Leaving Sydney yesterday,” – a photo posted Nov 19, 2013 at the Webb Sisters Facebook Page.

And, like his counterparts in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Leonard had to undergo the rigors of check-in.3


There are far fewer shots of Leonard Cohen riding the rails, but this 1981 photo of Leonard on the train from Marseille to Nice taken by Dominique Issermann is just perfect.



You Will Drive Your Car
Here And There
Delivering And Fetching
And Neither The Traffic
Nor The Weather
Will Bother You
In The Least.

From A Life Of Errands
Book Of Longing By Leonard Cohen


There are lots of pictures of Leonard and cars, such as the above screenshot of his 1995 Nissan Pathfinder and, even better, the photo below of Leonard working on that auto.

In fact, a series of posts dedicated to the topic can be found at Cars Of Leonard Cohen.

A few more, just for fun.

Credit Due Department: The photo of the plane atop this post was found at at PlanePictures.net and was taken by Cristofoli Maurizio, who holds its copyright. Photo of Jeep by Arnaud Maggs / Library and Archives Canada, R7959-3101.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). The first entry was originally posted Nov 29, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com. The Update was originally posted March 6, 2013 at DrHGuy.com.


  1. The competition for favorite Thanksgiving movie is not fierce. The most well known flicks that are set at Thanksgiving are probably Scent of A Woman, Hannah & Her Sisters, and The Ice Storm, all of which are dandy productions but none is the sort of thing that engenders holiday spirit. []
  2. From: Icejet talks up the value of charter in Cannes by Theodore Koumelis (TravelDailyNews: Nov 27, 2009) []
  3. Leonard Cohen checks in for the overnight flight to New Zealand. Photo by J..S. Carenza III. []

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