DHL Air Limited
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1982 (as Elan Air)
Fleet size 37
Parent company DHL Express
Headquarters Hounslow, United Kingdom

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


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.

The airline has 270 employees as of March 2007.[4] DHL Air Ltd. holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[6]

The airline's main office is located at EMA Cargo West in the main DHL building at East Midlands Airport.


The DHL Air UK fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[7]

Aircraft In
Orders Notes
Boeing 757-200 8
Boeing 757-200PF 2
Boeing 757-200SF 22
Boeing 767-300ER 1
Boeing 767-300F 4
Total 37


  1. "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  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 2008-11-01.
  4. 1 2 "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 73.
  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. 1 2 3 The Grand Tour Fans (2018-01-12), The Grand Tour: DHL Name our Planes Competition, retrieved 2018-01-23

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