WDL Aviation has joined the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) as its newest member. The association based at the airport in Frankfurt represents the interests of around 100 national and international airlines from the passenger, cargo and tourism sectors. The German BAR is thus the worldwide largest association of its kind.
WDL Aviation exists since 1974, has its head office at the airport Cologne/Bonn and operates a Europe-wide fleet of aircraft type British Aerospace Bae-146 for passenger and air cargo traffic. The aircraft are in wet lease operation for renowned European airlines such as Air France and Easyjet. Since October 2017, WDL Aviation is part of the Zeitfracht group based in Berlin. Zeitfracht and BARIG are currently in talks regarding an enhanced cooperation with the association and its member airlines in air cargo and logistics matters.
“We are happy to welcome aboard WDL Aviation as part of the Zeitfracht group,” states BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe. “Our association purposefully advocates the interests of our member airlines from the passenger, cargo and tourism sectors and thus promotes a sustainable strengthening and effective development of the air traffic location Germany. Among other aspects, this goal incorporates the abolition of the air traffic tax or security. BARIG takes a targeted approach to further major and future-oriented topics. For example, towards the German government regarding the prevention of terror and hazards which is an overall national task and should therefore be financed largely by the state in the future.”
Dr. Wolfram Simon, managing director of the Zeitfracht group explains, “Our strategic aim is to unify passenger air travel with cargo traffic and establish a European express network for lightweight packages. Our newly acquired BARIG membership underlines this plan and allows for an intensification of our cooperation with German and international airlines of BARIG. I am very much looking forward to the upcoming work in BARIG’s international environment.”
One element you have overlooked is the hub bias of legacy airlines doing long haul. If you take the UK and BA — it is not now a national airline but a capital city airline and for the main part only a single airport airline. The US might be different in that each of th3 three main groups have a number of hub airports. However they all have a focus and this offers the opportunities that any new LH-LCC could exploit. Then comes the real low cost element — if the network of tomorrow is to be a complex spiders web than the simpler hub and spoke layout of today then new types of planes will be required. LH Legacy is based on carting at least 125T of OEW between two huge airports for onward SH distribution. LH-LCC will need something a lot lighter to make things work. We currently have one data point — 50T of OEW will get you a range of 4K NM nominal for 190 mixed seats and the market has noticed. How would things change if 60T of OEW could get you out to 5K NM range or 70T OEW took you to 6K NM range? All part of the current MoM’ster dance.
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