Cologne, 11 February 2019
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer presented the Cologne-based airline WDL-Aviation with an E 190 family jet on Monday. The machine with the eye-catching paint job, reminiscent of the heraldic animal of the Cologne ice hockey club “Haie”, was received by the management of the WDL and the Zeitfracht Group, which owns the WDL.Numerous visitors, press representatives and company employees followed the arrival of the jet at Cologne/Bonn Airport.WDL-Aviation acquired four jets in November to replace its current fleet of BAE146 jets. The first jet will be delivered to the Cologne company at the end of the month. All aircraft are to be registered with WDL by the middle of the year. Walter Böhnke, Managing Director of WDL-Aviation, said: “We are looking forward to the flotation of the Embraer E190 jets in Cologne.This marks an important step for our company. We will be able to offer customers a new, improved flight experience.”Wolfram Simon-Schröter, Managing Director of the Zeitfracht Group added: “With the renewal of our fleet, we are consistently continuing our growth plans in the aviation sector.” The Embraer Fleet is characterized by a modern design. The twin-jet jets offer space for about 100 passengers. WDL-Aviation, a member of the Zeitfracht Group, has been based at Cologne/Bonn Airport since 1987. It is one of Europe’s leading providers of charter services for its aircraft including crew and maintenance for commercial and private purposes.
WDL-Aviation was founded in 1974 and has been based at Cologne/Bonn Airport since 1987. The founder, Theodor Wüllenkemper, took over the operation of working and training flights in 1955 – immediately after Lufthansa and before LTU.Today, the company is a leading provider of aircraft leasing, commercial and private charter flights. WDL-Aviation was recently taken over by the Zeitfracht Group and is a member of the Federal Association of German Airlines (BDF) and the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (Barig).
The Zeitfracht Group is an owner-managed family business in its third generation with more than 1,200 employees and headquarters in Berlin. The company is primarily active in the three business segments of logistics, aviation and real estate and has an annual turnover of more than 350 million euros.