WDL acquires a BAe 146 for passenger charters

WDL Aviation of Köln will join the ranks of BAe 146 operators when it takes delivery of a BAe 146-100 from BAe-AMJ in July. The German airline has signed a contract to purchase BAe 146-100 E1011, who is currently on lease to KLM uk as G-UKJF; she had previously served with Air Nova, Royal West, and TABA. The aircraft will be delivered to WDL following completion of its KLM uk lease on 30 June. WDL will use her to enter the ad-hoc and contract charter market. WDL Aviation, one of Germany’s oldest air operating companies, is owned by Westdeutsche Luftwerbung Theodor Wüllenkemper GmbH & Co. KG, a group set up in the early 1950s. WDL currently operates 21 Fokker F27s on freight work. WDL Aviation President Walter Böhnke sees “a significant ad-hoc charter and wet-lease market that we can exploit with the BAe 146. We have noticed the strong branding that the BAe 146 and RJ family has in Germany and we are confident that we can capitalise on this.” E1011 will be configured in a 74-seat, 6-abreast layout with 32-inch pitch and new Avio leather seats. The sale of E1011 to WDL brings AMJ’s portfolio to 94 aircraft.

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