Back in June we mentioned that Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden was launching an airline in Djibouti. Well, Air Djibouti which is the national carrier relaunched earlier this week. It’s very cool to see rock legends investing in Africa. Hopefully we get to see more doing the same.
The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has relaunched its national airline – a company managed by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday.Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, recommenced flights on Monday with a cargo plane carrying six tons from Djibouti to Somalia, to Hargeisa, the capital of self-declared Somaliland.”This is the link in the chain that was missing from Djibouti,” said Abubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, who said he hoped the airline will help ferry cargo onwards from Djibouti’s key sea port. “We need a national company to ensure our ambitions.”The airline is backed by British company Cardiff Aviation, whose chairman is Dickinson, a Boeing 757 and 737 pilot and instructor, and who is also the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He used to pilot the British band’s plane during their world tours.