After England's Astraeus Airlines announced Monday that it would cease all flights due to budget shortfalls, the company's best known pilot, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, said he is considering starting his own airline.
Dickinson told Blabbermouth, a music blog, that he is "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."
Dickinson has been flying for several years now and has developed something of a reputation for aerospace wonkishness. His new plan to start a company that he claims could provide as many as 1,500 jobs is undoubtedly optimistic -- but certainly not a product of celebrity dilettantism.
Dickinson was best known for flying routes to Iceland and for flying prominent sports teams to matches in foreign countries -- Liverpool to Italy, Rangers F.C. to Israel. He also flew "Ed Force One," Iron Maiden's chartered plane on the band's "Final Frontier World Tour."