THE lead singer of heavy metal rock band Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, has announced plans to open an aviation centre in South Wales that will bring up to 1,000 new jobs to the area.
Mr Dickinson, who has sold more than 85m records worldwide, is also a commercial airline pilot and aviation entrepreneur.
The singer said that his new company, Cardiff Aviation, will aim to provide specialist aviation support services that include training and aircraft maintenance to clients such as Boeing.
"We'd expect to create up to 1,000 jobs within 18 months, based on the level of interest and commitment from aircraft manufacturers and operators," Mr Dickinson said in a press statement.
"We're coming into this enterprise with the knowledge that we'll also be bringing business to South Wales."
Welsh Business Minister Edwina Hart welcomed the move, which would provide a substantial boost to the employment market.
"This is exactly the type of investment needed which will create hundreds of well-paid skilled jobs in one of our key sectors," she said.
Mr Dickinson added that he was delighted to continue the area's long connection with aviation.
"South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft industry and I am delighted that I am able to play a small part in the continuation of that tradition," he said.