Köln-based WDL Aviation will operate three of its BAe 146s on behalf of Air-Berlin. The first will be based at Mönchengladbach from 1 March, operating services to London Stansted, Zürich, Vienna, and Bergamo. The second will be based at Berlin Tegel from 1 April, and fly to Zürich, Vienna, and Roma Ciampino, while the third will be based at Paderborn from 1 April. All three will be painted in full Air-Berlin colors. WDL will provide the flight crews, and Air-Berlin the cabin crews. The agreement will last at least a year, but may be extended further. WDL operated a series 200 on behalf of Deutsche BA under a similar arrangement from March 2001 to 2002. At the beginning of the year, WDL lost the long-term contract it had had to operate several 146s on shuttle flights between Airbus plants in Europe.
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