In 1969, Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn (D, H, and L) founded DHL Worldwide Express 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 1970's as DHL initiated service to Europe (1974), Latin America (1977), the Middle East (1978), and Africa (1978). DHL was the first to bring air express to the Eastern Bloc countries in 1983 and the People's Republic of China in 1986.
Today, DHL Worldwide Express is the world's largest and most experienced international air express network with service to more than 675,000 destinations in 228 countries and territories in the world. DHL maintains its position as the world's leading international air express network by continually expanding and upgrading its network of offices, hubs and services, and by offering superior service through a well-trained and dedicated work force. On a yearly basis, DHL sends more than 140 million shipments to destinations throughout the world.