Air Djibouti back in business after 14 years


Air Djibouti returned to the skies for the first time in 14 years after being relaunched by an unlikely source.

Founded in 1963, Air Djibouti one of Africa’s oldest airlines ceased operations in 2002 but was partially relaunched by Cardiff Aviation, an aircraft maintenance company that Bruce Dickinson, the front man of the legendary metal band, Iron Maiden, helped to set up in 2012.

Bruce Dickinson is best known as the lead singer of heavy metal band Iron Maiden. When he’s not flying the first passenger flight for recovering airlines, he pilots Iron Maiden’s 747 to tour dates.

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden performs

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden performs

Dickinson navigated the Boeing 737-400 from Wales’ St. Athan Airport to Malta, where he collected crewmembers before continuing on to Djibouti City.

The rock star flew the plane, in its first passenger flight in more than a decade, into Djibouti from Cardiff, Wales. Air Djibouti will initially serve East African destinations, including Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Nairobi in Kenya, as well as nearby Middle Eastern destinations.

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