Jul 1955

On July 29, 1955, Theodor Wüllenkemper founds Westdeutsche Luftwerbung (WDL for short) with headquarters in Essen and a base at Essen-Mühlheim Airport. WDL is only the second airline after Lufthansa to obtain an operating license in Germany.

A new airline is formed from WDL under the name WDL Flugdienst.

In 1991, the parent company restructures itself as the WDL Group. The airline WDL Aviation is founded with its base at Cologne/Bonn Airport. It takes over routes for other airlines in passenger-works traffic, performs medical flights and transports freight. Its fleet initially includes Fokker aircraft and two Learjets.


WDL Aviation is adding BAe 146 aircraft to its fleet. Of these, three BAe 146s will be used as passenger aircraft and three as freighters. In total, WDL Aviation will operate 8 BAe 146 aircraft by 2019.


The year 2011 marks the end of Fokker aircraft at WDL Aviation. The fleet now consists purely of BAe 146 aircraft.

On 01 October 2017, the Berlin-based logistics company Zeitfracht will take over WDL Aviation. Zeitfracht is a modern, medium-sized, third-generation family business with around 6,200 employees. The acquisition of WDL Aviation is Zeitfracht's entry into the aviation business segment.
WDL Aviation is expanding its fleet and acquiring its first Embraer 190 aircraft in March 2019.

The company's aviation activities will continue under the new brand German Airways. WDL Aviation will continue to operate as a legally and economically independent company.


In spring 2020, there will also be a strategic cooperation for the theoretical practical training of junior pilots of German Airways with TFC Flugbetrieb und -technik Beratungsgesellschaft from Essen.


In mid-2020, German Airways will introduce the Ligaflieger marketing brand, which will focus on charter offers from sports teams.


On December 01, 2020, German Airways will become a member of IATA, the International Air Transport Association.


The change of name is completed in December 2020. German Airways is now also a legally and economically independent company. With the change of name, the call sign of German Airways also changes from "WDL" to "German Eagle". The new ICAO three-letter code is "GER".


The German Airways fleet consists of five modern Embraer 190 aircraft and one Pilatus PC-12.