In 1969, Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn, founded DHL as a service shuttling bills of lading between San Francisco and Honolulu. The company grew rapidly and in a few years initiated service to the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, creating an entirely new industry of international door-to door express service in the Pacific Basin.
Steady expansion continued in the 1970s as DHL initiated service to Europe (1974), the middle East including Saudi Arabia (1976), Latin America (1977), and Africa (1978).
The international delivery company was the first to bring air express to the Eastern bloc countries in 1983, and to the People’s republic of China in 1986.
Today, DHL is the world’s largest and most experienced international air express network with service to over 120,000 destinations, in more than 220 countries and territories. DHL maintains its position as the world’s leading international air express network, by continually expanding and upgrading its network of offices, hubs and gateways, and by offering superior service through a well-trained and dedicated work force.