The WDL Group was founded in 1955 by Theodor Wüllenkemper. He started with banner-towing, seaside resort services, and executive flights, using small propeller-powered aircraft.
WDL-Aviation GmbH & Co. KG. was founded in 1974, which was when the first Fokker F 27s were taken into service for passenger flights. British Aerospace (BAe) 146 regional jets were added in 1998, together with the Learjet 55. The fleet is currently comprised of 5 British Aerospace BAe 146 Regional Jets flying for major enterprises across the whole of Europe.
In October 2017, WDL-Aviation was merged with Zeitfracht Luftfahrt Holding GmbH. The Zeitfracht group has been owner-managed for three generations and is fully independent. "Just in time" deliveries are a system devised by Zeitfracht. The company organises and coordinates circular trips for packaged goods, perishables and exceptional loads on a short-haul or long-distance basis with efficiency that cannot be beaten. Zeitfracht is always on the move – use us as your accurate, effective, innovative first mover and benefit from our combination of tradition and modernity.
In addition to passenger traffic, WDL-Aviation has been carrying out cargo flights with three BAe 146-300QT freighters since August 2018.