January 24, 2017  

Iron Maiden's Plane Transports Tourists

May 4, 2011 (3:14 pm) GMT
An airplane used by Iron Maiden on their world tours has been called in to transport holidaymakers from Scotland due to a mechanical problem with another jet.
Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden

's customized Boeing 757, which is emblazoned with their logo and the flight number 666, is owned by Astraeus airlines, where front man Bruce Dickinson is also registered as a pilot.

The jet is used by the airline as a commercial plane when the group isn't on tour - but staff normally remove the Iron Maiden sign.

But Thomson Airways bosses had to call the vehicle in at the last minute to transport tourists from Edinburgh Airport to destinations in Greece and Turkey after another jet was grounded.

A representative for Astraeus airlines tells The Scotsman, "Normally our planes are always plain white so they can operate for any airline. Iron Maiden have just finished the overseas leg of their world tour and the plane has gone straight into use, as a plane being used by Thomson Airways had some mechanical difficulties and has been taken away for repairs. That's why we haven't had a chance to take the logo off."

A Thomson Airways rep adds, "It has been quite interesting for them, definitely. It's a little different to what you normally see on the Tarmac. We will be using it for the next few days on short-haul flights to destinations such as Paphos in Greece, and Dalaman in Turkey."

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Oscars 2017: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nods, 7 Black Actors Are Among 20 Acting Nominees
  2. 'The Ring' Prank Is Too Real to Not Be Terrified. See People's Reactions
  3. First Look at Sebastian Stan in 'I, Tonya' Arrives as Caitlin Carver Joins the Cast
  4. Furious Chris Brown Hits Back at Aziz Ansari for Comparing Him to Donald Trump
  5. Michelle Rodriguez Is a Transgender in 'The Assignment' Trailer
  6. Bella Hadid Gets Frisky in Threesome Photo With Kendall Jenner and Riccardo Tisci
  7. Alec Baldwin Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the 17th Time
  8. Sabrina Carpenter Slays a Mash-Up of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' and TLC's 'No Scrubs'