Cardiff Aviation, fronted by Chairman Bruce Dickinson, has announced it is launching a new, EASA-compliant airline. The move is the latest stage in the expansion of the South Wales-based MRO and training business.
The new airline, operating under the VVB brand, is in the process of acquiring an EASA operating licence. The first aircraft to join the airline will be a 737-400 which will go straight into ACMI (Aircraft, Complete crew, Maintenance, Insurance) operations.
Cardiff Aviation will also provide pilots and cabin crew to support the aircraft, with MRO work to be carried out at the company’s facilities at St. Athan in South Wales.
A statement from Cardiff Aviation explained that at least two additional aircraft are expected before the end of Q3 2015 driving further crew and aircraft acquisition.
Bruce Dickinson, Chairman, Cardiff Aviation, said, “In the last two years we’ve grown relentlessly, thanks to our unique entrepreneurial style of MRO and training. We’re now looking to bring that approach to the airline market with VVB.
“This is a huge opportunity to create new jobs and further increase our already impressive roster of services.”
Back in May 2013 when we spoke with Dickinson, he gave his thoughts on pilot training, his newly-delivered simulator and Cardiff Aviation’s aspirations for the future – now it appears plans are falling in to place for the business. The company aims to develop a ‘new approach’ to aviation, which will allow corporations and countries to quickly set up airlines with EASA-class compliance and capability. The airline’s operational management is to be supported by Centrik, the cloud-based operational management software from Total AOC, which is also handling all AOC type approvals to enable the airline to take off.
Dickinson added, “If you are looking to establish an airline, we will do all of the procurement, technical execution and administration on your behalf. We can give you a one-stop ‘airline in a box’ – all you need to do is sell the tickets, and we’ll do the rest.”
Cardiff Aviation has already begun the process of establishing other airlines, with an MoU recently signed with Air Djibouti to create a new national carrier for the African country.