Bruce Dickinson Aims To Save Astraeus Airlines

Iron Maiden frontman and pilot Bruce Dickinson has vowed to resurrect a UK airline which has gone into administration.

Bruce Dickinson Aims To Save Astraeus Airlines
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Iron Maiden frontman and pilot Bruce Dickinson has vowed to resurrect a UK airline which has gone into administration. Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden singer and airline pilot, will be doing more rather than less in the aviation industry following the closure of Astraeus Airlines with whom he was a Boeing 757 captain. Gatwick-based Astraeus went into administration on Monday, November 21 - and by coincidence Dickinson was captain on the very last flight, operated on behalf of BMI, from Jeddah to Manchester. Bruce Dickinson said: "I'm amused that the less well informed seem to be portraying me as having to resort to busking on the streets following the closure of Astraeus. The more astute members of my circle are aware there's rather more going on in my world." "Firstly, I'm already working on a plan to try to save Astraeus, or at least 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." "Frankly, now Astraeus has been relieved of the business model imposed upon it by Icelandic owners, who, to be honest, perhaps did not fully appreciate the way the key commercial aviation markets operated, I see the potential for a viable operation should acquisition of the company prove achievable. There is no reason why the original business model, which established Astraeus as possibly the best and most successful organisation in its sector, cannot be resurrected to the benefit of former employees and airline partners and clients alike." "Secondly, I am also involved in a project which could mean the creation of as many as 1,500 jobs in aerospace in South Wales. That could be a very good news story." "Thirdly, I'm a long way into the development of a flight training company - Real World Aviation - which will be perfectly placed to help address the aviation industry's perennial challenge: producing new and qualified pilots. For some reason, even in difficult economic times, there is still a shortage of qualified commercial pilots." "I'm extremely upbeat about these opportunities, particularly the potential for a revival, in some form, of Astraeus. The removal of Icelandic ownership from the mix has removed a huge burden and barrier to the redevelopment potential. The enthusiasm is also fuelled by the deluge of messages I received from the second I switched on my phone after landing the last Astraeus flight on Monday, and, of course, the interest of a number of prospective investors." "I will be back at the controls of a commercial airliner before I am very much older - but I may also be at the controls of the company that operates that airliner, and others like it." Dickinson flew Iron Maiden, its 60-member crew and 12 tons of equipment around the world on the band's own customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One. Ed Force One is named after Maiden's infamous mummy mascot "Eddie". Dickinson told CNN.com in a 2007 interview, "Aviation's been kicking around my family for as long as I can remember; my uncle was in the RAF. But I always thought I was too stupid. I was useless at maths and majored in history at university, so I thought history majors don't become pilots, let alone rock stars. And then our drummer learned to fly so I said if a drummer can learn to fly then anyone can." He added, "I never dreamed I would end up flying an airliner. I ended up flying Iron Maiden around on tour in a little eight-seat, pressurized, twin-engine plane. Basically we were flying round all the world's major airports, flew across the Atlantic and back, which was quite an adventure. At the end I thought I really want to fly something bigger, but I can't afford it - I can't buy my own 707. If I'm going to do that I have to get a job." On how the thrill of piloting a 757 compares to taking to the stage with Maiden: "It's a different kind of buzz. Obviously you aren't leaping around the flight deck yelling and screaming, but you have to manage situations... Flying at 35,000 feet is an internal thing, really. Whereas 35,000 people, that's just showing off." On whether he will be hanging up his leopard-skin spandex forever: "I could never contemplate giving up music. I have to say I've always been interested in planes, the only difference is I started to fly the darn things 15 years ago. I don't see why I should give up either of them. People say 'Why do you need a second job?' I say 'Why do you need to breathe?'"

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    BigSpence
    This is so co coll! It's nice to know he has an actual plan, rather than just winging it.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Bruce Dickinson is like a superhero. Actually, shit I'm sorry. That was wrong of me to say. Let me correct myself to make it more accurate. Bruce Dickinson IS a superhero.
    jurnag12
    Icelandic owners, who, to be honest, perhaps did not fully appreciate the way the key commercial aviation markets operated
    Huh? Iceland? Screwing up financial stuff? WELL I NEVER.
    jonpinkerton
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: Bruce Dickinson is like a superhero. Actually, shit I'm sorry. That was wrong of me to say. Let me correct myself to make it more accurate. Bruce Dickinson IS a superhero.
    You mean, superheroes are like Bruce Dickinson, right?Right?
    PinkFender_69
    Bruce Dickinson wrote: if a drummer can learn to fly then anyone can.
    Well put Bruce, well put! I digress though, he is truly an amazing man. Respect.
    ma_tt11
    "People say 'Why do you need a second job?' I say 'Why do you need to breathe?'" lol
    Crofty89
    BigSpence wrote: This is so co coll! It's nice to know he has an actual plan, rather than just winging it .
    *groan*
    whaip
    I've never been a fan of Iron Maiden.... But you got to respect Bruce. He's the man!
    Vabolo
    A heavy metal musician speaking in a highly civilized way while having multiple careers and planning the creation of thousands of jobs? WHO'S A USELESS MEMBER OF SOCIETY NOW, THATCHER?
    Denjario
    If I were on one of his flights... I'd hope he'd blare Aces High over the speakers while doing barrel rolls in his 757 It's awesome that he's trying to save the company or at least get his colleagues jobs. Bruce has just kept proving himself to be a great person, nevermind one of the best performers of his generation.
    FrauVfromPoB
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: Bruce Dickinson is like a superhero. Actually, shit I'm sorry. That was wrong of me to say. Let me correct myself to make it more accurate. Bruce Dickinson IS a superhero.
    I believe you mean superheroes are like Bruce Dickinson. Get your shit together, Tyrone.
    atomic667
    I wonder if he listens to Maiden in the cockpit... Id be listening to Live After Death!
    corrda00
    Obviously you aren't leaping around the flight deck yelling and screaming
    Come on Bruce, If I can sing in the car Im sure you can sing on the plane.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Bruce Dickinson is the man. Even if you don't like his music, there's no denying the man is a boss.
    maiden7x
    -insert airplane pun here- On a serious note, I have so much respect for Bruce. Very well-rounded, professional guy. Hopefully Maiden will come to Atlanta sooner rather than later.
    Maiden95
    Bruce is the man..if I could have a molecule of his personality and talents..I'd be a happy m***** f*****
    Oddsbodkins
    He's always been an absolute boss..now he's going to be a literal one too. Legend.
    LordRyur
    Vabolo wrote: A heavy metal musician speaking in a highly civilized way while having multiple careers and planning the creation of thousands of jobs? WHO'S A USELESS MEMBER OF SOCIETY NOW, THATCHER?
    It's a shame Iron Maiden is so popular, meaning a lot of their fans are some of the worst stains on humanity ever.
    krakkrox
    who calls eddie a mummy in this article? hes more kind of a zombie type dude who has been unless the art in powerslave is implicative of a mummy origin...
    DaFjory
    atomic667 wrote: I wonder if he listens to Maiden in the cockpit... Id be listening to Live After Death!
    More like Aces High, since that's about flying n' all. :-D
    Hail
    DaFjory wrote: atomic667 wrote: I wonder if he listens to Maiden in the cockpit... Id be listening to Live After Death! More like Aces High, since that's about flying n' all. :-D
    Or Where Eagles Dare
    neandramathal
    krakkrox wrote: who calls eddie a mummy in this article? hes more kind of a zombie type dude who has been unless the art in powerslave is implicative of a mummy origin...
    Well the last Ed Force One was coloured for the Somewhere Back in Time tour, for which the artwork was based on Powerslave, in which he is wrapped in bandages.... like a mummy. Posted a link to that article in the comments to yesterdays news, pfft, keep up UG