At the end of November, German BAe 146 operator WDL Aviation wound down the services it was operating on behalf of SAS. WDL began flying three BAe 146s on SAS services in late January, helping cover for the loss of capacity resulting from the grounding of the Scandinavian airline’s Bombardier Q400 fleet following a string of incidents. With SAS now receiving new-build Q400s and CRJ900s, it no longer requires WDL’s services. Series 300 D-AWBA (msn E3134) was the first to stop flying for SAS, at the end of August, and series 100 D-AWDL (msn E1011) left at the end of October. The remaining member of the original trio, series 200 D-AMGL (msn E2055) went in for a heavy check in late October, and was replaced by series 200 D-AMAJ (msn E2028). When D-AMAJ had some engine problems in mid-November, however, D-AWBA returned to complete the balance of the contract.
Recent news items on WDL:
- WDL flies for SAS (2018-09-03)
- WDL Aviation to replace BAe 146s with Embraer 190s (2018-08-06)
- WDL reduces EasyJet flying but starts Hopping (2018-08-03)
- WDL BAe 146s lose their new logos (2018-06-11)
- ‘New’ WDL BAe 146 enters service (2018-05-01)