One of Africa’s oldest airlines has relaunched passenger services following a 14-year hiatus with help from Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson, who landed one of the airline’s planes in Djibouti recently.
First founded in 1963, Air Djibouti finished operations in 2002 after declaring bankruptcy. It was partially relaunched last year with cargo services to the country under the company Cardiff Aviation where Dickinson is acting Chairperson. Air Djibouti will remain a state-owned operation despite now being managed by Cardiff Aviation.
Dickinson flew the passenger plane into the Horn of Africa from Cardiff, Wales recently, marking it as the first flight of its kind to be carried out in years. The location of the small country of Djibouti makes it an accessible and integral air and sea port to the adjacent landlocked Ethiopia. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, President of Djibouti’s Port Authority praised the new progress, outlining that the developments would allow the world to discover the potential that Djibouti has as a destination.
As well as being a famous rock star, Dickinson is an airline captain on numerous Boeing jet aircraft. In 2016 he upgraded his credentials to fly his band around the world in a Boeing 747-400 named Ed Force One. He is also a technical instructor for trainee pilots.