WDL Aviation

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WDL Aviation
WDL Aviation Logo.svg
Founded 1974
Operating bases Cologne Bonn Airport
Fleet size 5
Parent company WDL Group
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Key people Albrecht Barth (CEO)[1]
Website wdl-worldwide.de

WDL Aviation GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of WDL Group, is a charter airline headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany, which operates a fleet of British Aerospace 146 airliners.


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.[1]


A WDL Aviation BAe 146-200 at Stuttgart Airport (2008).

Since 1998, the British Aerospace 146 is in service with WDL Aviation. As of January 2015, two subtypes are operated:[3]

WDL Aviation fleet
Aircraft In fleet
BAe 146-200
BAe 146-300
Total 5

Other aircraft types that were operated by WDL Aviation include the Fokker F27 Friendship[2] and (between 1992 and 1993) an Airbus A320, which had been leased from Adria Airways.[3]


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