Published in BizTravel
With its four jumbolinos, WDL is mainly on the move for other airlines such as SAS, Air France and Lufthansa. Air Berlin was also one of its customers.
Following the takeover of the Cargo division of Air Berlin, the Berlin logistics group Zeitfracht has now also taken over Cologne-based WDL-Aviation. The purchase is said to be retroactive to 1 October 2017. No price was quoted.
“The takeover of WDL-Aviation with its operating permits and certificates is an important step in the strategic development of Zeitfracht,” says Wolfram Simon, Managing Director of the company. New for Zeitfracht is the passenger business. This is to be combined with freight traffic and, in addition, “to establish a European express network for small packages”.
WDL (Westdeutsche Luftwerbung) was founded in 1974 by Professor Theodor Wüllenkemper and is based in Cologne. Among other things, the airline operated the factory traffic for Airbus from Hamburg-Finkenwerder and Bristol-Filton to Toulouse for many years and is still operating wet lease services for other airlines such as SAS, Air France and Lufthansa. The Cologne-based company has also flown for Air Berlin.
The company has 95 employees and operates so-called jumbolinos, i.e. British Aerospace BAe-146 aircraft. Although the four-engined regional jets are on average 30 years old, they are considered to be very robust and reliable.
Zeitfracht ist ein Familienunternehmen mit gut 800 Beschäftigten an den Standorten Berlin, Stendal, Potsdam, Frankfurt-Raunheim und Hannover. The annual turnover is around 100 million euros. In the 1970s, the company was one of the founders of the German Parcel Service (DPD). Only last year Zeitfracht sold its remaining DPD shares to the French postal service.