Creating a new commercial airline is a tough and expensive undertaking but it hasn’t deterred Iron Maiden’s singer Bruce Dickinson from his new passion project. Recently cleared of cancer the heavy metal legend, who is said to be worth around $115 million, is taking on pilots and crew after buying a Boeing 737 for his latest venture VVB airlines.
The 56-year-old British rocker’s passion for planes is no secret – he set up Cardiff Aviation as a maintenance company for jets in 2012 and obtained a commercial pilot’s licence after he learned to fly in Florida back in the 1990s. Despite the demands of a rock and roll lifestyle, Dickinson managed to find time to pursue his passion and become a pilot for the now-defunct UK airline Astraeus. He has been behind the controls on flights carrying his band members, Liverpool FC and Britons who were airlifted out of Lebanon during the Israel/Hezbollah conflict in 2006.
Dickinson said: ‘The reason I do all the things I do now is because I love them. Life is too short to do the things you don’t love doing. I fly airliners and in my spare time I sing a bit.’
Dickinson said the sky is the limit for his airline which is now applying for a licence to operate flights within Europe. The airline will be headquartered at Cardiff Aviation’s base in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, in South Wales, and already has plans to acquire additional planes.