An article by Thomas Schulz, published at Pressbox
Takeover with effect from 1 October 2017 I Significant step in the strategic further development of ZEITFRACHT I WDL-Aviation will be continued by a family business
Berlin, 24 October 2017 (PresseBox) – The ZEITFRACHT Group took over Cologne-based WDL-Aviation with effect from 1 October 2017. WDL-Aviation currently operates four regional jets with 95 employees. Each aircraft has the capacity to transport the payload of around ten tons of freight, especially in general cargo and parcels.
“The takeover of WDL-Aviation with its operating permits and certificates is an important step in the strategic further development of the ZEITFRACHT Group,” explains ZEITFRACHT Managing Director Wolfram Simon. “It was important to the owners of WDL Aviation that their company will be continued by an independent family business. It is an honour and an obligation for us to continue the tradition of WDL from pioneering work to an internationally active aviation company”. The management of ZEITFRACHT plans to combine the advantages of passenger and freight aviation and to establish a European express network for small packages.
ZEITFRACHT recently submitted a bid for Air Berlin Technik and the Air Berlin subsidiary Leisure Cargo in a bidding consortium with a Munich-based family-owned company that is also active in the aviation industry. This platform is brokering free cargo capacities.
About the ZEITFRACHT Group
The ZEITFRACHT Group currently generates annual sales of around 100 million euros with around 800 employees at its locations in Berlin, Stendal, Potsdam, Frankfurt-Raunheim and Hanover.
ZEITFRACHT is an independent, owner-managed logistics service provider – in its third generation. In the 1970s, the company was one of the founding shareholders of Deutsche Paket Dienst DPD. ZEITFRACHT sold the remaining DPD shares to La Poste last autumn.
WDL-Aviation was founded in 1974 and is based at Cologne/Bonn Airport. The founder Professor Theodor Wüllenkemper began operating working and training flights in 1955 – immediately after Lufthansa and before LTU. The WDL Group’s airships, in particular, are known worldwide as advertising space on the Rhine and Ruhr rivers.