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Alaska West Express receives ConocoPhillips safety award

Posted on Tue, Jun 29, 2010

Alaska West Express received the Alaska Safe Truck Fleet Most Improved Award at the Annual Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) Safety Awards banquet in Anchorage. The annual Most Improved Award is presented for the safety record based accident rates from the previous year to the current year.

"ATA is pleased to join with ConocoPhillips to recognize the achievement of Alaska West Express in improving their safety performance over the past year," says ATA Executive Director Aves Thompson. "Safety on the highway and in the workplace is the highest priority for our industry. Alaska West Express is a fine example of practicing what we preach."

"This is a total team effort by all managers, drivers and mechanics," explains Alaska West Express Safety Director Jim Maltby. "Our employees have worked hard and deserve all the credit." Terminal Manager Al Guettinger agreed. "I echo Jim's appreciation for our employees' efforts and greatly appreciate ConocoPhillips' interest in the transportation industry and its sponsorship of this award."

ATA Safety Award - Alaska West Express
Pictured (from left): Wendy King, ConocoPhillips Vice President External Affairs, Steve de Albuquerque, ConocoPhillips Interim Manager of Safety, and Al Guettinger and Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express Terminal Managers in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Tags: Alaska West Express, Alaska Trucking Association, ConocoPhillips, safety awards

Executive Perspective: Lynden's Disaster Response

Posted on Thu, Jun 24, 2010

Like many, I was keeping updated on the terrible situation in Haiti earlier this year via the evening news. I immediately recognized the yellow "L" of Lynden Air Cargo's plane in Port-au-Prince. It got me thinking... Over the years, Lynden International has grown into a global company with offices on every continent. News of devastating events like the January earthquake in Haiti, and more recently in China and Chile, are always upsetting to hear about, but they hit us especially hard as we often have employees and partners working in these locations.

Last year our sister company, Lynden Air Cargo, began flying relief missions to Samoa and Indonesia to deliver medical supplies, food and other essential cargo after the earthquake and tsunami. Just a few months later, Lynden Air Cargo was one of the first responders after the Haiti earthquake, and it is ready to use its Hercules aircraft to aid other countries if future disasters strike.

On a smaller scale, our employees organized an effort to donate money to help Haiti. Lynden offered to match each employee's contribution up to $100 at all of the Lynden companies, not just Lynden International. In just a few weeks, thousands of dollars were collected; half was sent to Mercy Corps and the other half to the American Red Cross. A total of 80 employees from 11 different Lynden companies donated.

It's a big world, but it becomes much smaller when disaster strikes. We are reminded very quickly of our shared humanity. This spills over into business, too.

Good customer service is essentially taking care of people and their needs - whether it's helping strangers after a disaster or working with a customer on a complicated logistics solution. We think we're pretty good at both.

Randy Jackson - Lynden International  Randy Jackson
  Executive Vice President
  Lynden International

Tags: Lynden International, Relief Flights, Haiti, Lynden Air Cargo, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Logistics, Indonesia, Haiti earthquake, Samoa

Student pilots visit Lynden Air Cargo

Posted on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

There were plenty of teachable moments at Lynden Air Cargo this spring when a a high school aviation group from Chevak, Alaska, toured the facilities. Seven students and Chevak Aviation Instructor Ryan Walker learned about Lynden's operations and then toured the company's management offices, warehouse, flight operations, ramp and aircraft and maintenance building.

Chevak students visit Lynden Air Cargo

The group is similar to the "Build a Plane" group Lynden Air Cargo hosted last year from an Alaska rural high school.

Ryan began teaching elective aviation courses at the remote Chevak High School last fall, including an advanced class to prepare students for a private pilot written test.
"Flying is such a vital part of life out here and it's a real opportunity for these kids to make a living and help their communities in Western Alaska," he says.

Chevak students check out Hercules plane

The school is planning to buy a Rans S-6 kit plane students can build as part of the Build a Plane program. Ryan is also part of an effort to create a new nonprofit to put flight instructors in village schools across Alaska. AVSTEM International - short for aviation, technology, science, engineering and mathematics - will seek financial support from tribes, native corporations, school districts and other sources.

Chevak student in cockpit

"Learning to fly improves math and science skills and gives students career choices in an industry that buzzes overhead daily," Ryan explains. Ethan Bradford, Lynden Air Cargo Manager of Technical Services, says it's always rewarding to host students. "We had a great time, and we hope it was a good experience for these young aviation cadets."

Tags: Lockheed L-382, Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Chevak, aviation, Alaska

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