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Founded 1982 (as Elan Air)
Hubs East Midlands Airport
Fleet size 26
Parent company DHL Express
Headquarters Hounslow, United Kingdom
DHL Air Boeing 757-236(SF)
Boeing 757-200 in 2012

DHL Air UK, incorporated as DHL Air Ltd., is a cargo airline based in Orbital Park, Hounslow, London Borough of Hounslow.[2] It is wholly owned by Deutsche Post DHL[3] and provides services on the group's DHL-branded parcel and express network in Europe. Its main base is East Midlands Airport.[4]

DHL Air Ltd. holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[5]


The company was formed as Elan Air in October 1982 and became DHL Air in August 1989.[6] It has 270 employees (at March 2007).[4]

Elan Air operated night freight charters for DHL using the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy and Handley Page Dart Herald. Later the airline acquired Merchantman freighter versions of the Vickers Vanguard and was operating three when it became DHL Air in 1989.[citation needed]


As of October 2014, the DHL Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

DHL Air UK Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 757-200SF 22 0 Operated for DHL Aviation
Boeing 767-300F 4 0 Operated for DHL Aviation

Former fleet[edit]

Former Aircraft:
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
Handley Page Dart Herald
Vickers Merchantman


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Online Shipping." DHL Air UK. Retrieved on 23 April 2014. "DHL International (UK) Limited Registered Office: Orbital Park, 178-188 Great South West Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW4 6JS"
  3. ^ "Beteiligungsliste/Participation list". Jahresabschluss (HGB)/Annual Financial Statements (HGB). Deutsche Post AG. Retrieved 2008-11-01. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 73. 
  5. ^ Operating Licence
  6. ^ Companies House record for English Company #01671114 DHL Air Limited formerly Elan Air Limited
  7. ^ DHL Air Fleet Details and History - Just Aviation

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