DHL X Aviationtag - Behind the Scenes

DHL X Aviationtag - Behind the Scenes

DHL Express has been Aviationtag's logistics and shipping partner since December 2018. From the very outset, DHL was not just a reliable and strong partner, but also a partner that believed in and loved the Aviationtag product. Shortly after partnering up, we were offered a former DHL ATR-42 and had the idea of launching a DHL edition together. Although we ended up not buying the ATR, the idea had nevertheless taken root in our minds.

DHL X Aviationtag - DHL ATR-42
DHL ATR-42

In February 2019, DHL approached us and a big meeting took place at our workshop in Cologne to exchange ideas. Everyone at the meeting agreed that this would be a great project for all sides. After some internal research, DHL was able to identify suitable decommissioned former DHL aircraft in Spain relatively quickly and in March we were already inspecting the first Boeing 757-200Fs in Madrid.

DHL Boeing 757 in Madrid
DHL Boeing 757 in Madrid

However, given the fact that these were supposed to be fully recycled shortly afterwards and time was too short, we decided against this and instead later returned to Spain again - but this time, to Castellon near Valencia.

Together with Daniel Mauritz and Daniel Breuer from DHL we set out for the Spanish hinterland and met with the local MRO company, Jet Aircraft Services. At that time, there were 4 DHL Boeing 757-200F in Castellon alone and it quickly became clear that these were what we were after.

Daniel Breuer, Tobias Richter, Daniel Mauritz
Daniel Breuer, Tobias Richter, Daniel Mauritz

We started performing the first measurements, markings and first cut of the D-ALEH right there. To be able to share the whole experience with you better, Daniel took thousands of photos and filmed hours and hours of footage, which we will show you little by little.

A photo of the DHL Boeing 757 D-ALEH
D-ALEH

For the perfect picture we were at the airport at sunset and right back again at sunrise - and in summer the time between the two is not very long, as you know. No matter how often we’ve done this before, walking around the airplane graveyards of this world to track down the right material for our Aviationtags is still a fantastic experience every time!

Sunset in Castellon
Sunset in Castellon

Once we got back, we worked closely with DHL to design the Aviationtags and packaging and made all the necessary preparations. Just a few weeks after our trip, the first panels arrived at our manufactory and we were able to start upcycling the Boeing 757 aircraft skin. For a while things got very yellow in our workshop.

Punching the Aviationtags
Punching the Aviationtags

We quickly realised that DHL's 50th anniversary would be the perfect occasion and time to go public with the Aviationtag DHL edition. What better way to mark the company’s anniversary than with an upcycled piece of contemporary and company history?

A delay in dismantling the engines and landing gear unfortunately meant that not all of the material reached us in one fell swoop, but only gradually. The final cuts for our aircraft skin elements can only be done once these have been dismantled and the aircraft is lying on the ground without the landing gear.

The final product - DHL X Aviationtag Edition
The final product - DHL X Aviationtag Edition

We are very proud and happy to be involved in this fantastic project with the help of DHL and its great employees. Thanks again to all those involved in Cologne, Bonn, Madrid and Castellon!

Happy Birthday DHL!

Interested in buying an DHL X Aviationtag Edition tag now? Then click on the picture below:

DHL Boeing 757 D-ALEH Aviationtag

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