European Air Transport Leipzig

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European Air Transport Leipzig
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2005
as a maintenance organisation
Commenced operations 2010
Hubs Leipzig/Halle Airport
Fleet size 32
Destinations Europe, Middle East
and Africa
Parent company
Headquarters Schkeuditz, 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 DHL[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 the resolution of 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 280 pilots and 430 technical personnel. The majority of pilots are Belgian and are employed by a branch office of EAT at Brussels. 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 and Finnair. [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]


EAT Leipzig Boeing 757-200F

As of March 2017, the European Air Transport Leipzig own fleet consists of the following cargo aircraft:[7]

European Air Transport Leipzig Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Airbus A300-600RF
Airbus A330-300
Boeing 757-200F
Total 32

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 cargo plane 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 2008-11-01. 
  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. ^
  7. ^ - EAT Leipzig Fleet Details and History retrieved 17 March 2017

External links[edit]

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