WDL Aviation

WDL Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating basesCologne Bonn Airport
Fleet size4
Parent companyZeitfracht Holding
HeadquartersCologne, Germany
Key peopleWalter Böhnke,
Rainer Heumann

WDL Aviation GmbH & Co. KG is a German charter airline headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport.


Initially named WDL Flugdienst, the company was set up in 1974[1] as a subsidiary of Westdeutsche Luftwerbung GmbH, an aerial advertising provider founded in 1955.[2]

The current name was adopted in 1991, when the parent was reorganized as WDL Group.[2] With WDL Aviation offering aircraft lease and charter services, the aerial advertising and sightseeing flight branch (using blimps) survives in the other subsidiary of WDL Group, which is called WDL Luftschiff. Since 1998, the British Aerospace 146 is in service with WDL Aviation. Other aircraft types that were operated by WDL Aviation include the Fokker F27 Friendship[2] and an Airbus A320-200 on lease from Adria Airways between 1992 and 1993.[3]

WDL Aviation was acquired by the Berlin logistics company Zeitfracht on 1 October 2017.[1] During 2018, WDL Aviation started acquiring BAe 146-300 QT freighter aircraft while planning to replace its BAe 146 passenger aircraft with newer Embraer 190s.[4][5]


Former WDL Aviation BAe 146-300

As of January 2019, the WDL Aviation fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5]

WDL Aviation fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Notes
BAe 146-200
BAe 146-300 QT
cargo aircraft
Embraer 190
to replace BAe 146 passenger aircraft[4]
Total 4 7

In the news[]

WDL Aviation made international headlines when a flight that they executed for British Airways from London City Airport ended up in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf. After landing, the pilots realised the mistake. The passengers were flown to Dusseldorf a few hours later. [7]


  1. ^ a b WDL Aviation: Official website
  2. ^ a b c Information about WDL Aviation at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  3. ^ [1] retrieved 16 May 2017
  4. ^ a b c luchtvaartnieuws.nl - WDL Aviation vernieuwt vloot met Embraer 190 6 December 2018
  5. ^ a b c planespotters.net - WDL-Aviation retrieved 30 January 2019
  6. ^ "WDL schafft drei Frachter an" (in German). airliners.de. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  7. ^ Katie Hope,"BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf by mistake", BBC News, 25 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-04-01.

External links[]

Media related to WDL Aviation at Wikimedia Commons