Cardiff Aviation, a large service and maintenance facility in St. Athan, Wales, United Kingdom whose chairman is IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, has announced on the first day of the Paris Air Show, June 15, that it is launching a brand new ACMI airline.
The move is the next stage of an expansion programme for 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 license. The first aircraft to join the airline will be a 737-400 which will go straight into ACMI operations.
At least two additional aircraft are expected before the end of Q3 2015 driving further crew and aircraft acquisition.
The new airline is the first stage in Cardiff Aviation's plan to develop what they call 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, who are also handling all AOC type approvals to enable the airline to take off.
Dickinson says: "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.
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