The airline was set up in 1958 with the ambition of bringing an air taxi service to the Emden area. The airline was originally established and operated as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi before it was later rebranded as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi GmbH in 1970 after a local shipping company invested, however, this was not the last rebrand of the airline. The company changed its name to Ostfriesische Lufttransport GmbH and operated super-regional services under the DLT Luftverkehrsgesellschaft brand name, finally, in 2011 the airline became Ostfriesischer-Flug-Dienst GmbH (OFD), the name it still operates under. The airline has a fleet of 2 aircraft types, they use the GA 8 Airvan as well as the slightly larger Britten Norman Islander, which seats up to 8 passengers. OFD operate services across North-West Germany and the North Sea connecting small towns and islands.
OFD only offers 5 destinations across the North Sea and North-West Germany. The airline primarily links small islands off the coast of Germany and the Netherlands to the German mainland. As of noviembre 2021 the airline's route map included:
As the airline operates small aircraft, which have limited space which means the baggage allowance is also limited. Baggage is included in your ticket, however, this is only 10kg of weight across both suitcases and hand luggage. Children are allowed to carry 5kg of luggage only. If you wish to take more luggage with you then you will need to contact the airline to check if this is an option, if allowed the maximum weight for a case is 25kg and each kilogram of additional weight will cost €2.
The airline only offers one class of travel on all of their aircraft, as their flights are short and aircraft are not large enough to offer a premium seat, the airline has chosen to offer economy only. As flight times are short an inflight catering service is not provided, neither is an inflight duty-free or shopping service. All passengers receive the same seat type, a standard seat found on these aircraft types.
There is no inflight wifi or entertainment, including magazines. Flight times are short so there is no necessity for it, however, you may wish to bring something to keep you occupied for the duration of the flight.
The airline currently hasn't got an online check-in facility.
If you have a flight with the airline and wish to check in, you need to do so at the airport. The airline hasn't specified when they close their check-in facilities, however, as it is a domestic service you should expect check-in closes at least 45 minutes prior to departure. You should receive information from the airline about check-in and boarding times once you receive tickets from them.
As the airline is a small domestic airline offering short routes they currently haven't got a frequent flyer program.
Similarly, the airline isn't a member of any airline alliance. However, the airline has established partnerships with local businesses. OFD has partnerships with AG EMS, AG EMS Borkumlijn, Reederi Cassen Eils, Adler & Eils and more. Through these partnerships, the airline allows a flexible ticket type where you can use the airline or ferry company, however, rules stipulate you need to use the opposite mode of transport on your return journey. For Example, you may fly out with the airline but must return on the ferry and vice versa.
The airline doesn't currently have a hub airport as it is a small regional airline operating to only 5 airports.
The airline has a fleet of 2 aircraft families, the GippsAero GA 8 Airvan, which can hold 5 passengers, as well as the slightly larger Britten Norman Islander, which can hold 8. The airline has 1 Airvan aircraft as well as 5 Britten-Norman Islanders.
OFD operate specialised services so the best direct alternative transport method may be to use a ferry. However, other regional airlines in Germany include Eurowings, FLN, Lufthansa CityLine as well as KLM cityhopper as OFD routes are located in close proximity to the Netherlands and large towns such as Groningen.