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 BAe 146s fly for EasyJet (2018-01-11)
- WDL BAe 146s once again flying in France (2017-12-07)
- WDL ends flying for Air France (2017-10-31)
- WDL acquired by Zeitfreracht (2017-10-26)
- Executive Jet Support acquires former Starbow BAe 146 for parts (2017-06-08)