Under the new owner Zeitfracht, WDL Aviation shall grow consdierably this year. According to Zeitfracht managing director Wolfram Simon, both the purchase of new aircrafts for the passenger transport and the return to the cargo business are planned.
Published on airliners.de, translated by WDL
The Cologne airline WDL Aviation will expand its passenger fleet to more than 10 jets. Besides, several cargo planes are to be purchased for the reentry in the cargo business.
Wolfram Simon, managing director of the company Zeitfracht, which took over WDL in October 2017, announced that he intends to buy „a good half-dozen“ dual-trace jets for WDL until the turn of the year 2018/2019. “For this purpose, we are currently conduction talks with Embraer, Bombardier and Boing”, Simon said.
Additional wet-lease business
The aircrafts with a capacity from 100 up to 130 passengers will be used in wet-lease for other airlines. Therefore, WDL already advertised jobs for pilots, attendants and aircraft dispatchers. Though, Simon still have not named the future clients.
Currently, WDL flies with three aircrafts for EasyJet at the airports Berlin-Tegel, Vienna and Zurich. Former wet-lease clients include, inter alia, Lufthansa City Line, Air France, KLM, Eurowings/Germanwings, Austrian Airliners, British Airways, SAS and Brussels Airlines.
Jumbolinos should continue flying
Currently, the WDL fleet includes four Avro-Jets (Jumbolinos) with a capacity of 86 up to 100 passengers. According to the company, these aircrafts will continue to operate for some years so in the future, WDL would count on a fleet of at least 10 passenger jets.
Additionally, Zeitfracht’s managing director Wolfram Simon plans the reentry into the cargo business. For it, the company monitors the market for cargo aircrafts, Simon says.
Until 2010, WDL already owned three cargo aircrafts.
Simon has even bigger plans for the air freight sector: As announced in November, he wants to create a network for the transport of express deliveries thereby doing business with low-cost airlines.
Their capacities are still unused, because freight activities could endanger the short ground times. Hence, a special small container should ensure fast loadings and unloadings.