WDL reduces EasyJet flying but starts Hopping


WDL BAe 146-200 D-AWUE

WDL BAe 146-200 D-AWUE seen landing at Lille while operating for Hop! (Nathan Walkowiak)

WDL Aviation‘s contract to operate three BAe 146s for EasyJet has been reduced to a single aircraft. EasyJet contracted WDL to help cover new routes added in the wake of the collapse of Air Berlin and its subsidiaries. As the airline has taken delivery of new aircraft, however, the need for leased capacity has declined. D-AWUE (msn E2050) had already returned to WDL’s base at Köln on 9 July. D-AMGL (msn E2055) followed; she operated her last service for EasyJet, U2 5848/5839 from Berlin Tegel to Vienna and back, on 31 July, and was then ferried to Köln on 1 August. Only D-AZFR (msn E2108) remains in EasyJet service. As of 1 August, however, she is no longer shuttling back and forth between Berlin Tegel and Zürich three times day, as she had been doing for the last three months. She remains based in Berlin Tegel, but now flies to a variety of destinations, including Dusseldorf, Münich, Stuttgart, and Wien. Meanwhile, D-AWUE has started a new contract operating on behalf of Air France subsidiary Hop!. She positioned to Lille on 2 August, then operated her first service for Hop!, A5 3416/3417 from Lille to Marseille and back, that same afternoon. She wears a new WDL logo that replaced the previous one which was too similar to that of Austrian Airlines.

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