EAT / DHL
European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH, often shortened as 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. It is wholly owned by Deutsche Post and operates the group’s DHL-branded parcel and express services. It also provides ad hoc charter.
In 2002, DHL Worldwide Express merged with Deutsche Post, Danzas and Postbank to create the new yellow and red DHL EAT livery we know today. In 2005 EAT announced the opening of a new hub in Leipzig, Germany.
The company in its current form dates from a merger agreement of 10 February 2010, which involved European Air Transport N.V. Brussels. That company was incorporated by the European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH and merged with it. European Air Transport Leipzig employs around 450 pilots, of which 60 are still based in BR. Newly hired pilots are employed by EAT Gmbh with a Leipzig-based contract. The airline also operates a number of routes for British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and Amazon.
Other DHL Express fully owned airlines are DHL UK (B777, B767 and B757) and DHL Austria (B757). Aerologic Cargo (B777) is a joint venture between DHL and Lufthansa.
Destinations: European Air Transport operates services worldwide to Europe, Middle East and Africa as part of the DHL Aviation network. Besides over 75 smaller “air gateways” (final airports), the major bases (sub hubs) of DHL Aviation in Europe are : Brussels Airport Copenhagen Paris Frankfurt Leipzig (Main Hub) Milan Amsterdam Lisbon Madrid Vitoria-Gasteiz East Midlands and London.
As of June 2022, the European Air Transport Leipzig has a current fleet of 36 aircrafts: 22 Airbus A300-600RF, 3 Airbus A330-200F, 2 Airbus A330-300P2F, 9 Boeing 757-200PCF.
Several smaller aircraft are operated under contract for EAT Leipzig and DHL respectively by airlines such as ASL, Swiftair or Cargoair.