DHL Air Ltd.
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded11 October 1982 (as Elan Air)
Commenced operations8 November 1983
Fleet size21
Parent companyDHL
HeadquartersHounslow, United Kingdom
Employees270 (2007)[1]

DHL Air UK, incorporated as DHL Air Ltd., is a British cargo airline based in Orbital Park, Hounslow, London Borough of Hounslow.[2] It is wholly owned by Deutsche Post[3] and provides services on the group's DHL-branded parcel and express network in Europe. Its main base is East Midlands Airport.[1] It forms a part of the greater DHL Aviation division.


The company was formed as Elan Air on 11 October 1982 and commenced operations on 8 November 1983.[4] Elan Air operated night freight charters for DHL using the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy and Handley Page Dart Herald. The airline then acquired a Merchantman freighter version of the Vickers Vanguard and later the airline's name changed to DHL Air on 16 May 1989.[citation needed]

DHL Air has held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A air operator certificate since 30 November 2001 to transport passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with a capacity of 20 or more seats.[5] After receiving the license, flight operations began in December 2001.[citation needed] The airline has 270 employees as of March 2007.[1] Its main office is located at EMA Cargo West in the main DHL building at East Midlands Airport.


Current fleet

A DHL Air Boeing 767-300F at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in 2011

The DHL Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of October 2023):[6][7]

DHL Air fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Notes
Boeing 757-200SF 5
Boeing 767-300ER/BCF 3 1
Boeing 767-300ER/BDSF 2
Boeing 767-300F 4
Boeing 777F 9
Total 23 1

Former fleet

A former DHL Air Boeing 757-200PCF taxiing at Vilnius Airport in 2019

The airline formerly operated the following aircraft:[8][7]

DHL Air former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A330-300 9 2019 2023 Registered for conversion into freighters
Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy 2 1985 1987
Boeing 757-200PCF 20 2016 2022
Boeing 757-200PF 1 2016 2022 Transferred to DHL Air Austria
Handley Page Dart Herald 1 1987 1988 Leased from British United Air Ferries
Vickers Vanguard 1 1987 1995 Operated by Hunting Cargo Airlines

Accidents and incidents

See also


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