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DHL Air Limited
Dhl logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedOctober 1982 (as Elan Air)
Fleet size22
Parent companyDHL Express
HeadquartersHounslow, United Kingdom
Employees270 (2007)[2]

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


The company was formed as Elan Air in October 1982 and became DHL Air in August 1989.[5] 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]

DHL Air has held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating License (AOC) since 30 November 2001 to transport passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with a capacity of 20 or more seats.[6] After receiving the license, flight operations began in December 2001.[citation needed]

The airline has 270 employees as of March 2007.[2] Its main office is located at EMA Cargo West in the main DHL building at East Midlands Airport.


Current fleet[edit]

The DHL Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of November 2021):[7][8]

DHL Air fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Notes
Boeing 757-200PCF 12
Boeing 757-200PF 1
Boeing 757-200SF 5
Boeing 767-300ERF 4
Boeing 777F 8 Deliveries early 2022
Total 22 8

Former fleet[edit]

As Elan Air, the airline formerly operated the following aircraft:[9]

DHL Air former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A330-300P2F 1 2020 2021 Transferred to European Air Transport Leipzig
Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy 2 1985 1987
Handley Page Dart Herald 1 1987 1988
Vickers Vanguard 1 1987 1995

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 73.
  3. ^ "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"
  4. ^ "Beteiligungsliste/Participation list". Jahresabschluss (HGB)/Annual Financial Statements (HGB). Deutsche Post AG. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. ^ Companies House record for English Company #01671114 DHL Air Limited formerly Elan Air Limited
  6. ^ Operating Licence Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 36.
  8. ^ "DHL Air Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  9. ^ "ELAN fleet". Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2009.

External links[edit]

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