May 2, 2012 12:58

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson launches his own aircraft repair business

Singer's new firm could create over 1,000 new jobs

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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has launched his own aircraft repair business in South Wales.

Dickinson, who has worked as a commercial pilot for over a decade, has launched a firm called Cardiff Aviation Ltd, which will be based at the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, reports BBC News.

The firm's launch could create up to 1,000 new jobs in the area, with Dickinson vowing to help develop the local area.

Speaking about the firm, the singer said: "We're coming into this enterprise with the knowledge that we'll also be bringing business to South Wales. South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft industry and I am delighted that I am able to have a small part in the continuation of that tradition."

Dickinson first stated that he was interested in starting his own firm in November last year when his former employer Icelandic airline Astraeus went out of business.

Speaking at the time, he said: "I'm already working on a plan to create a new business with new jobs for my friends and former colleagues at Astraeus. This is a serious plan involving people who are very good at their jobs."

Iron Maiden released a new live album and DVD titled 'En Vivo' in March. They are set to tour North America this summer.

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