European Air Transport Leipzig

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European Air Transport Leipzig
IATA ICAO Callsign
as a maintenance organisation
Commenced operations2010
HubsLeipzig/Halle Airport
Fleet size36
Parent company
HeadquartersSchkeuditz, Germany
Key people
    • Markus Otto
    • Adam Pradela
    • Geoffrey Kehr[2]

European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH, often shortened to EAT Leipzig or EAT-LEJ, is a German cargo airline with its head office and main hub on the grounds of Leipzig/Halle Airport in Schkeuditz.[2] It is wholly owned by Deutsche Post[3] and operates the group's DHL-branded parcel and express services. It also provides ad hoc charter services including livestock transport.


The company in its current form dates from a merger agreement of 10 February 2010, which involved European Air Transport N.V. Brussels. That company was incorporated by the European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH and merged with it.[4] European Air Transport Leipzig employs around 450 pilots and 480 technical personnel. Newly hired pilots are employed by either one of the subcontractors (ACL / DHL UK) or EAT Gmbh with a Leipzig-based contract. The airline also operates a number of routes for British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and Amazon.[5]


Facilities of EAT Leipzig at Leipzig/Halle Airport

European Air Transport operates services to Europe, Middle East and Africa as part of the DHL Aviation network. Besides over 75 smaller "air gateways", the major operational bases of DHL Aviation in Europe are:[6]

Country City Airport Notes
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Leipzig Leipzig/Halle Airport Hub
Italy Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport
Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Vitoria-Gasteiz Vitoria Airport
United Kingdom East Midlands East Midlands Airport
London Heathrow Airport


EAT Leipzig Boeing 757-200F
Airbus A300-600RFs make up most of the EAT Leipzig fleet

As of August 2020, the European Air Transport Leipzig fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

European Air Transport Leipzig Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Airbus A300-600RF 22
Airbus A330-200F 3 Operated for DHL Aviation
Airbus A330-300/P2F 1 Stored
Boeing 757-200PCF 9
Total 35 0

Several more smaller aircraft are operated under contract for European Air Transport Leipzig and DHL respectively by airlines such as Swiftair and Atlantic Airlines.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 22 November 2003, an Airbus A300 owned by European Air Transport was struck on the left wing tip by a surface-to-air missile shortly after takeoff from Baghdad, Iraq. The crew returned to Baghdad and made an injury-free landing of the crippled aircraft.


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Unternehmensregister (german), entry of 21 |December 2009, made public on 23 December 2009
  3. ^ "Beteiligungsliste/Participation list" (PDF). Jahresabschluss (HGB)/Annual Financial Statements (HGB). Deutsche Post AG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ Unternehmensregister (german), entry of 26 March 2010, made public on 31 March 2010
  5. ^ DHL's European Air Transport (EAT) airline under new license. Press Release, 31 March 2010
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 14.

External links[edit]

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