Cologne/Bonn, 17 December 2020. WDL will be taking off under a new name with immediate effect: With immediate effect, the airline is also officially and commercially called German Airways. The corresponding entry in the commercial register has been completed. Subsequently, the operating license (AOC) for the new German Airways has now been reissued by the German Federal Aviation Authority. Along with the name, the callsign also changes from “WDL” to “German Eagle”. The new ICAO three-letter code for the airline of the Zeitfracht Group will then also no longer be WDL, but GER.
As the second oldest German airline and the oldest independent airline in Germany, the airline, which was founded in its original form in July 1955, is a piece of German aviation history. The new name continues the airline’s long tradition of reliability, high quality standards and an unusual team spirit among its employees. Having mastered even the Corona year 2020 with all its challenges, the ex-WDL is flexibly positioned for the future with its new name German Airways and a modern brand identity.
In recent months, the airline had already jumped into a new era by flying in Embraer E190 jets. In the summer of this year, the last BAe left the company: For a very long time, WDL was dominated by the so-called Jumbolino with its four engines. With the current 100-seater regional aircraft from Embraer, the company is optimally prepared for the coming years with a suitable capacity size.
The Jumbolinos have flown for renowned airlines such as Air France, Atlantic Airways, Austrian Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, for EasyJet, Eurowings, Germanwings, KLM, LTU or SAS and many more. Airbus and BMW were happy to charter the reliable aircraft for their factory traffic. And the BAe 146, which can land and take off on very short runways, was also very popular in motor sports. This business is now being taken up by the new team plane, which will also get many league teams and top sports clubs to their competitions and training camps in good health during the crisis.