WDL Aviation

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WDL Aviation
WDL Aviation Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1974
Operating bases Cologne Bonn Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations charters
Parent company WDL Group
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Key people Albrecht Barth, CEO[1]
Website wdl-worldwide.de

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.[1]

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]


Current Fleet[edit]

WDL Aviation BAe 146-300

As of August 2017, the WDL Aviation fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4]

WDL Aviation fleet
Aircraft In fleet Notes
BAe 146-200
BAe 146-300
Total 3

Former Fleet[edit]

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

  • 1 further BAe 146-300[3]


  1. ^ a b c WDL Aviation: Official website
  2. ^ a b c Information about WDL Aviation at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  3. ^ a b [1] retrieved 16 May 2017
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to WDL Aviation at Wikimedia Commons