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 33
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 350 pilots and 430 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 Refs
 Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
 Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport
 France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
 Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
 Germany Leipzig Leipzig/Halle Airport Hub
 Italy Milan Milan–Malpensa Airport
 Italy Milan Orio al Serio International Airport
 Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
 Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
 Spain Vitoria-Gasteiz Vitoria Airport
 United Kingdom East Midlands East Midlands Airport
 United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport


EAT Leipzig Boeing 757-200F

As of October 2018, the European Air Transport Leipzig fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

European Air Transport Leipzig Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Airbus A300-600F
Airbus A300-600RF
Airbus A330-200F
Purchased from Etihad Airways
Boeing 757-200PCF
Boeing 757-200SF
Total 33 1

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

  • 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. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 15. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

External links

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  • Official website of DHL
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