DHL Airways Pilot Hat Badge 2nd Issue
Redwood City CA & Belgium 1969 - 2009
Plantation, FL & Bonn Germany 2009 - Current
DHL Express is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post providing international express mail services. Originally founded in 1969 to deliver documents between San Francisco and Honolulu, the company expanded its service throughout the world by the late 1970s. The company was primarily interested in offshore and inter-continental deliveries, but the success of FedEx prompted their own intra-U.S. expansion starting in 1983. DHL aggressively expanded to other countries. In 1998, Deutsche Post began to acquire shares in DHL. It finally reached majority ownership in 2001, and completed the purchase in 2002. Deutsche Post then effectively absorbed DHL into its Express division, while expanding the use of the DHL brand to other Deutsche Post divisions, business units and subsidiaries. DHL current has two hubs and three additional gateways. Their United States headquarters is in Plantation, Florida and are present in over 220 countries and territories.