The company was formed as Elan Air in October 1982 and became DHL Air in August 1989. It has 270 employees (at March 2007).
Elan Air operated night freight charters for DHL using the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy and Handley Page Dart Herald. The Argosy's and the Merchantmen were owned and operated by Air Bridge Carriers which was part of the Hunting Group. The Argosy's and the Herald (owned by BAF, operated by ABC) were painted in Elan Air livery as was Merchantman G-APEM. In the early 90's Air Bridge Carriers was renamed Hunting Cargo Airlines eventually operating a fleet of 7 Lockheed L188C Electra's, 6 Vickers Merchantmen and 6 B727-200. Most of the services were operated on behalf of DHL although Air Bridge provided crewing and engineering line cover for a while for a couple of TNT B727-200's. In 1998 the Merchantmen had been retired/scrapped and the Electra's were sold off the Company then becoming Air Contractors the Hunting Group having then disposed of their Aviation interests.
DHL Air originally purchased and operated 6 B767-300F aircraft but 2 of these were sold to Atlas Air to be operated in America under an US registration.