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DHL’s Airbus A300 Fleet

Keeping the Original Airbus Alive

by Matt Falcus

DHL is one of the few remaining operators of the Airbus A300, with almost 40 examples flying in its colours or on its behalf.

The Airbus A300, introduced in 1974, marked a revolutionary chapter in commercial aviation as the world’s first twin-engine wide-body jet. Spearheading Airbus Industrie’s entrance into the market, it boasted a two-aisle cabin, accommodating up to 266 passengers. With innovations like advanced aerodynamics and digital avionics, the A300 gained rapid popularity for its fuel efficiency and range.

It entered service with major airlines like Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, Eastern Air Lines and Singapore Airlines.

Its success laid the foundation for Airbus’ subsequent aircraft, contributing to the consortium’s ascent as a global competitor. Over 800 airframes were produced.

Today only a few airlines still fly the A300 in passenger service, mostly in Iran. However, cargo examples are plentiful with the likes of UPS and DHL in particular.


DHL Airlines


DHL is a giant in the freight and package industry with a worldwide network. It uses subsidiaries and contract operators from bases in different cities and airports to provide air services. These operators include:

  • European Air Transport Leipzig (or EAT Leipzig), based in Germany.
  • DHL Air UK base at East Midlands in the United Kingdom.
  • DHL Aero Expreso based in South America.
  • DHL International based at Bahrain.
  • DHL Air Austria based at Vienna in Austria.
  • Air Hong Kong.
  • ASL Airlines Ireland.
  • Blue Dart Aviation, based in Mumbai, India.
  • Solinair based in Slovenia.
  • Southern Air based in the USA.
  • Polar Air Cargo based in the USA.
  • Kalitta Air based in the USA.
  • SmartLynx based in Eastern Europe.

Of these, partners, four currently fly the Airbus A300 on behalf of DHL.


Current DHL A300 Fleet

Jakkrit Prasertwit (GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html> or GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html>), via Wikimedia Commons

  • B-LDA (cn 855), Air Hong Kong
  • B-LDB (cn 856), Air Hong Kong
  • B-LDC (cn 857), Air Hong Kong
  • B-LDE (cn 859), Air Hong Kong
  • B-LDF (cn 860), Air Hong Kong
  • B-LDG (cn 870), Air Hong Kong
  • B-LDH (cn 871), Air Hong Kong

  • D-AEAA (cn 743), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAB (cn 837), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAC (cn 602), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAD (cn 617), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAE (cn 753), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAF (cn 836), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAG (cn 621), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAH (cn 783), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAI (cn 637), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAJ (cn 641), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAK (cn 670), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAL (cn 679), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAM (cn 797), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAN (cn 703), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAO (cn 711), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAP (cn 724), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAQ (cn 729), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAR (cn 730), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAS (cn 737), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AEAT (cn 740), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AZMK (cn 683), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AZML (cn 770), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AZMO (cn 872), EAT Leipzig
  • D-AZMP (cn 677), EAT Leipzig

DHL Air / Airbus A300B4-622R(F) / EI-OZM

  • EI-DGU (cn 557), ASL Airlines Ireland
  • EI-LDD (cn 557), ASL Airlines Ireland
  • EI-OZL (cn 717), ASL Airlines Ireland
  • EI-OZM (cn 722), ASL Airlines Ireland

Tamás Vékony (GFDL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html> or GFDL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html>), via Wikimedia Commons

  • S5-ABW (cn 532), Solinair
  • S5-ABO (cn 756), Solinair


The Future of DHL’s A300s?


The increasing age of DHL’s Airbus A300 fleet means they will ultimately be retired in favour of more modern types like the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 freighters.

However, with more second-hand A300s recently joining the fleet it seems they will continue at least for a few more years to come.




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