WDL ends flying for Air France


WDL BAe 146-200 D-AMGL

Passengers disembark from WDL BAe 146-200 D-AMGL in Frankfurt after Air France flight AF1218 from Paris CDG (Anton van Ruiten)

WDL Aviation‘s contract to operate on behalf of Air France came to an end on 28 October. WDL’s three BAe 146s have been solely dedicated to this contract for some time, flying primarily between Paris CDG and German destinations. BAe 146-200 D-AWUE (msn E2050) was the first to say au revoir to Air France. After operating a roundtrip from Paris CDG to Frankfurt as AF1518/1519 on 17 October, she was ferried back to Köln that evening as AF384V. The other two 146s operated their last Air France services on 28 October. Series 200 D-AMGL (msn E2055) operated roundtrips from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf as AF1306/1307 and to Frankfurt as AF1218/1219, while series 300 D-AWBA (msn E3134), which had overnighted in Nüremberg, first operated AF1311 to Paris CDG and then flew roundtrips to Basel as AF1192/1193, to Stuttgart as AF1508/1509, and to Frankfurt as AF1818/1819. D-AMGL was ferried to Köln as AF361V in the afternoon of 28 October, and D-AWBA followed on the morning of 29 October as AFR363V. D-AWUE was briefly back in French service on 30 October when she operated a roundtrip from Lyon to Biarritz on behalf of Air France subsidiary Hop! This was just an ad hoc contract, however, rather than another long-term commitment, and she returned to Köln that afternoon. WDL is seeking new short-term and long-term work for the three 146s. The company was recently acquired by Berlin-based Zeitfracht Group.

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