DHL Air Ltd.
DHL Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedOctober 11, 1982 (as Elan Air)
Fleet size18
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 October 11, 1982, and commenced operations on November 8, 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 May 16, 1989.[citation needed]

DHL Air has held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A air operator certificate since November 30, 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 February 2023):[6][7]

DHL Air fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Notes
Airbus A330-300 2 1 All stored
Boeing 757-200SF 5
Boeing 767-300ER/BCF 1
Boeing 767-300ER/BDSF 4
Boeing 767-300F 3 2
Boeing 777F 3 4 Deliveries from 2022
Total 18 6

Former fleet

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

The airline formerly operated the following aircraft:[8]

DHL Air former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
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." 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. ^ "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.

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