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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.[1] It is wholly owned by Deutsche Post DHL[2] and provides services on the group's DHL-branded parcel and express network in Europe. Its main base is East Midlands Airport.[3]

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.[4]


The company was formed as Elan Air in October 1982 and became DHL Air in August 1989.[5] It has 270 employees (at March 2007).[3]

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.

As of October 2014, the DHL Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6]

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. ^ "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"
  2. ^ "Beteiligungsliste/Participation list". Jahresabschluss (HGB)/Annual Financial Statements (HGB). Deutsche Post AG. Retrieved 2008-11-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 73. 
  4. ^ Operating Licence
  5. ^ Companies House record for English Company #01671114 DHL Air Limited formerly Elan Air Limited
  6. ^ DHL Air Fleet Details and History - Just Aviation

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