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Aviation firm continues to soar with airline launch.

Byline: Rupert Denholm-Hall Business Reporter

CARDIFF AVIATION A has announced it is launching a new airline.

The move, from the firm run by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, is the next stage of expansion for the business.

The airline, operating under the VVB brand, is in the process of acquiring an European Aviation A Safety Agency (EASA) operating licence.

The first aircraft to join the airline will be a 737-400 which will go straight into aircraft, complete crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) operations.

Cardiff Aviation is also providing A pilots and cabin crew to support the aircraft, with maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work to be carried out at the company's militarygrade facilities at St Athan in South Wales.

At least two additional aircraft are expected before the end of Q3 2015 driving further crew and aircraft acquisition.

Mr Dickinson, chairman of 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."

" The airline is the first stage in Cardiff Aviation's plan to develop a rev-A lutionary 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 T AOC, who are also handling all AOC type approvals to enable the airline to take off.

Mr Dickinson said: "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 begunA the process of establishing other airlines, with an MoU recently signed with Air Djibouti to create a new national carrier for the African country.

The news comes as Cardiff Avia-ation has completed more than PS3m worth of business over the past nine months.

Cardiff Aviation carries out MA RO services on airliners from its base at St Athan.

The company says it has completed 43 maintenance inputs on passenger aircraft - including Boeing 737s, 757s and Airbus A320s - on behalf of airlines and leasing companies since last October.

Phil Swanson, commercial director at Cardiff Aviation, said: "Cardiff Avia A -tion's MRO operations have grown phenomenally in the past nine months and we are seeing strong demand for hangar slots well into 2016."

" Established in 2012, Cardiff Avi-ation's MRO facilities are located within a former Royal Air Force maintenance base at St Athan.

With two hangars originally built to each accommodate a massive VC10, Cardiff Aviation can work on A up to four narrow body airliners at any one time, with high security parking space outside for an additional 20 aircraft.

Cardiff Aviation incorporates toolA -ing, equipment and state-of-the-art systems rarely seen in civilian MROs including computerised storage systems, temperature controlled heating, advanced fire suppression, and a built-in cabin pressure testing facility.


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 16, 2015
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