European Air Transport

European Air Transport

airline=European Air Transport
parent=Deutsche Post AG
headquarters=Brussels, Belgium
key_people=Peter Bulckaert, Managing Director EAT
hubs=Leipzig/Halle Airport
destinations=Europe, Middle East and Africa (some 56 countries are covered)

European Air Transport is a cargo airline based in Brussels, Belgium. It operates express parcel services in Europe on behalf of DHL. It also operates ad hoc charter services including livestock transport. Its main base is Leipzig/Halle Airport


European Air Transport (EAT) was founded by two pilots, Mr. Pirlot de Corbion and Mr. Dessain, as an air taxi service. EAT started with a 2 aircraft, a Beechcraft Queen Air and a Gardan Horizon. It soon became clear that there was a need for pilots on the Belgian market, so EAT started a pilot training school. In 1973 EAT was the first Piper Flying Centre in Europe.

EAT expanded its activities by entering into a contract with DHL Worldwide Express in 1985. Just before that, DHL selected Brussels Airport as the location for its European Hub. The co-operation between EAT and DHL was so successful that in 1986 DHL decided to make EAT part of the DHL group, and thus became the major DHL airline for Europe and Africa. On January 19 1993, EAT became a member of IATA. In the same year, EAT obtained the necessary permits for the transportation of a number of dangerous goods and live animals.

In October 2004 DHL Aviation Brussels announced that Brussels Airport would no longer be DHL’s major hub for Europe as from 2008, due to the failure of the Belgian Federal Government and DHL to reach an agreement on a framework to permit DHL to expand its future flight operations through Brussels Airport. As a consequence both DHL Aviation and EAT would have to restructure their Brussels-based organizations. The new Intercontinental hub will be based in Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany, with daily flights through Brussels and all major cities in Europe. EAT Headquarters remains in Brussels and will continue to be DHL’s major European airline. EAT has a license for scheduled and unscheduled cargo flights all over the world. EAT employs more than 5000 people.


European Air Transport N.V. operates services to Europe, Middle East and Africa. 56 countries are covered in total.Fact|date=May 2007

DHL Network in Europe: []
- Main Hub: Leipzig, Germany [LEJ]
- Regional Hubs: East Midland, UK [EMA] / Brussels, Belgium [BRU] / Bergamo, Italy [BGY]
- Consolidation Hubs : Copenhagen, Denmark [CPH] / Vitoria, Spain [VIT]
- Commercial Hubs : Amsterdam, Netherlands [AMS] , Paris CDG, France [CDG] / London Heathrow, UK [LHR] / Frankfurt, Germany [FRA] / Madrid, Spain [MAD]
- +75 air gateways


In November 2007, the European Air Transport fleet includes: [ [ CH-Aviation - Airline News, Fleet Lists & More ] ]



External links

* [ EAT/DHL Airlines Corporate Page]

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