AIR FREIGHT

The Sky's the Limit

Working with carefully selected carriers, we operate with schedules on all the world’s major routes so you can plan with certainty and become more efficient. We offer a range of highly flexible products which allow a choice of delivery speeds to best suit your requirements.

Our Products

All products include:

  • Door-to-door service with other options available
  • Defined lead times
  • Optional Cargo Insurance
  • End-to-end visibility
  • Optional Customs Brokerage
Legend Included Not Included
Typical transit time
Globally available
Pick up time
One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network
Dangerous goods
Oversized goods
Perishables
DHL Same Day Jetline
Mission Critical Next Flight Out
Typical transit time

Within 24 hours 1, 2

Globally available
Pick up time

60 min 3

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Included
Oversized goods Included
Perishables Not Included
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DHL Same Day JetlineMission Critical Next Flight Out


A fully flexible unaccompanied air service with an immediate pick-up and door-to-door dedicated delivery. This is offered via the next commercial or network flight out, within the shortest possible time.
  • Globally available, next flight out unaccompanied service
  • Door-to-door 24/7/365 service
  • Pick-up typically within 60 minutes of order
  • One transparent door-to-door price
  • End-to-end proactive tracking and monitoring
  • Online, real-time tracking
  • Customs clearance/document preparation
  • Dangerous goods and temperature-controlled handling

Our additional ‘secure’ service level meets high security and emergency needs, with an accompanied door-to-door pick-up and delivery, provided by an onboard courier or chartered aircraft.


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DHL Same Day Speedline
Mission Critical Best Flight Out
Typical transit time

Within 24 hours 1, 2

Globally available
Pick up time

120 min ³

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Included
Oversized goods Included
Perishables Not Included
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DHL Same Day SpeedlineMission Critical Best Flight Out


A flexible, unaccompanied air service, based on the best flight out. Designed for urgent international shipments through DHL Global Forwarding’s network and partners, the service includes expedited pick-up and delivery.
  • Best flight out service within a defined network
  • Door-to-door 24/7/365 service
  • Pick-up typically within 120 minutes of order
  • One transparent door-to-door price
  • End-to-end proactive tracking and monitoring
  • Online, real-time tracking
  • Customs clearance/document preparation
  • Dangerous goods and temperature-controlled

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DHL Air Priority
Urgent Air Freight
Typical transit time

1-2 days

Globally available
Pick up time

Standard

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Not Included
Oversized goods Not Included
Perishables Included
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DHL Air PriorityUrgent Air Freight


Ideal for time-sensitive freight, delivered in the fastest possible door-to-door freight forwarding transit time. 

Using the first scheduled carrier flight out, this service delivers accelerated shipment clearance and handling at origin and destination. 

  • Globally available service
  • Typical door-to-door transit time of 1–2 days 
  • Priority treatment throughout the network for freight shipments
  • Prioritsed status with carriers
  • Door-to-door delivery with other options available
  • Import/export customs brokerage 
  • End-to-end real time visibility

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DHL Airfreight Plus
Day Definite Intra European & Intra Asia
Typical transit time

1-5 days 4

Globally available
Pick up time

Standard

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Included
Oversized goods Included
Perishables Not Included
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DHL Airfreight PlusDay Definite Intra European & Intra Asia


Simplifying air freight transport, this service offers a range of day definite transit times for door-to-door intra-European and intra-Asia freight shipments, in one all-inclusive rate. 

Built upon DHL’s feeder and carrier network, shipments benefit from daily departures, fixed schedules and local DHL expertise.

  • Network coverage for intra-European and intra-Asia Pacific freight shipments 
  • Three door-to-door transit time service levels: Priority (1-2 days), Classic (2-3 days) and Deferred (2-5 days) 
  • One all-inclusive price, quoted and invoiced
  • Door-to-door delivery, with other options available, depending on customer demand 
  • Handling high value, oversized or dangerous goods 
  • Import/export customs brokerage 
  • End-to-end real time visibility

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DHL Air Connect
Fast & Affordable Air Freight
Typical transit time

3-5 days

Globally available
Pick up time

Standard

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Included
Oversized goods Included
Perishables Not Included
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DHL Air ConnectFast & Affordable Air Freight


A fast and flexible choice for moving a wide range of freight shipments from anywhere to anywhere.
  • Globally available service
  • Typical transit time of 3-5 days 
  • Cargo transportation for freight of all shapes, sizes and types – including dangerous and oversized goods  
  • Door-to-door, all inclusive delivery with other options available 
  • Freight benefits from both DHL and commercial global uplift 
  • A team of highly trained certified dangerous goods experts at all our locations 
  • Higher priority uplift versus DHL Air Economy but lower than DHL Air Priority
  • Import/export customs brokerage 
  • End-to-end real time visibility

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DHL Air Economy
Economical Air Freight
Typical transit time

5-7 days

Globally available
Pick up time

Standard

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Not Included
Oversized goods Not Included
Perishables Not Included
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DHL Air EconomyEconomical Air Freight


Using the most economical routing and carrier selection, this cost-effective product doesn’t compromise on customer service. 

This globally available and reliable service is ideal for less time-sensitive freight.

  • Cost effective, global service
  • Typical transit time of 5-7 days 
  • Service for general cargo (no dangerous goods, oversized or temperature-controlled cargo) 
  • Door-to-door service with other options available 
  • Freight consolidated at our regional hubs allowing greater shipment control 
  • Import/export customs brokerage 
  • End-to-end real time visibility

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DHL Air Charter
Specialist Cargo Handling
Typical transit time

Upon request

Globally available
Pick up time

Standard

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Not Included
Dangerous goods Included
Oversized goods Included
Perishables Included
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DHL Air CharterSpecialist Cargo Handling


Providing flexible capacity and routing options for your special lift requirements.

From new product launches and line-down situations to handling oversize, heavyweight or other special freight, we have qualified charter experts in key centres of trade.

  • Globally available 
  • Flexible capacity and routing options for special lift requirements 
  • Handling oversized, heavyweight cargo, dangerous goods, perishables and valuable freight 
  • Freight movement coordinated to the Customer’s precise schedule 
  • DHL controls the shipment from pick-up to final delivery 
  • Qualified and experienced charter experts in key centres of trade 
  • Import/export customs brokerage provided 
  • End-to-end real time visibility

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DHL Air Thermonet
Standard Temperature Controlled Air Freight
Typical transit time

Upon request

Globally available
Pick up time

Standard

One all-inclusive price
Day definite delivery
Proactive shipment monitoring & response
GDP compliant network Included
Dangerous goods Not Included
Oversized goods Not Included
Perishables Not Included
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DHL Air ThermonetStandard Temperature Controlled Air Freight


Offering 24/7/365 proactive shipment monitoring and intervention, this service delivers regulatory compliance with high visibility of the Customer’s product movement throughout the supply chain. 

Meeting global standards for temperature-controlled life sciences air freight shipments, the service is supported by our global Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant network of certified life sciences stations.

Adhering to regulatory compliant customer procedures, this service is managed through the industry-dedicated IT system ‘Learn More aboutLifeTrack’.

  • A single global network of certified life sciences stations managed by and compliant to DGF’s GDP guidelines 
  • 24/7/365 proactive shipment monitoring and intervention
  • Single Quality Management System with DGF GDP guidelines embedded into the processes 
  • Over 4,500 trained and certified life sciences specialists 
  • End-to-end SOP driven process, delivering the highest quality standards 
  • Shipment visibility and monitoring supported by in-transit temperature data and monitoring RFID 
  • Import/export customs brokerage provided

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¹ Including weekend operations

² Depending on origin & destination

³ Pick up time from order (standard shipments)

⁴ DHL Airfreight Plus has 3 day definite service levels: Priority 1-2, Classic 2-3 & Deferred 3-5 days

Why Choose Us?

Our flexible and diverse products, global reach & local knowledge, all delivered hassle-free by our Air Freight Experts.

  • A range of time-specific options from economical routing to first flight out and even Same Day, delivering reliability at the speed you need
  • Total flexibility over delivery choices (e.g. door-to-door, airport-to-airport) enables you to customise your Air Freight
  • Preferential carrier access ensures your cargo receives transit time reliability, worldwide
  • Over 7,000 Air Freight Experts in more than 190 countries ensuring smooth transit of your cargo

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