The Cardiff, Wales-based company, of which the rocker is chairman, has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with bosses at Air Djibouti to implement a national carrier for East Africa.

DICkinson, a keen commercial pilot, and his associates will manage the European wing of the deal and provide operational management.

Announcing the deal this week (beg23May15), DICkinson, who was recently given the all-clear following a cancer battle, says, "Djibouti is uniquely placed to provide a hub for investment from Europe, the Middle East and Asia into Africa.

"By providing full airline support and project implementation to Air Djibouti, Cardiff Aviation will bring a wealth of industry expertise and capability to one of the most exciting aviation markets in the world to spearhead growth in a region with tremendous potential."