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Lynden Air Cargo supports UN in African elections, establishes maintenance base in Ghana

Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2019

LAC baseLynden Air Cargo recently completed a three-month peacekeeping mission for the United Nations (UN) to ensure safe and legal elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It also established a new line base in Accra, Ghana, to provide parts and repairs to its aircraft serving the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

"This photo (pictured above) is of our two planes at our new maintenance base in Accra, Ghana," says Jim Davis, Vice President Commercial Operations. "As our footprint increases in the MENA region, it has become important for us to build a line station facility with a large inventory of aircraft parts. This will save shipping costs, allow us to get the parts to areas where we operate more quickly, and improve our repair time which will have a direct impact on customer satisfaction."

During the peacekeeping mission Lynden's main operating base was in the DRC capital city of Kinshasa, but both Lynden planes were also positioned in other locations to help move cargo throughout the country and into Entebbe, Uganda, which is the regional logistics hub for the UN.

"One of the two aircraft was also temporarily positioned in Kenya to help move cargo out of Mombasa to Kalemie, Goma, and Kinshasa," explains Project Manager Rock Molanga. "Compared to the previous UN peacekeeping mission we supported in 2016–2017, this one was more complicated because of the current political and security situation in the DRC. The president has been out of mandate since December 2016 and this election was already postponed twice. The elections finally took place Dec. 30 and Felix Tshisekedi was elected president in the first democratic transition of power in the country's history." Over the two years Lynden was onsite, the elections were plagued by problems such as fire that destroyed the voting machines, militant attacks and an Ebola outbreak.

In addition to supporting the electoral process in developing countries, Rock is confident that Lynden Air Cargo will have many opportunities in the MENA region in the future. "The UN is present in most of the post-conflict countries in Africa." Lynden's aircraft capabilities are well-suited for the area because of the lack of infrastructure and roads throughout the African continent.

Tags: Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden trusted with high-value move to the slope

Posted on Fri, Mar 08, 2019

Lynden moveLynden Transport and Lynden Air Cargo recently completed a joint move with a customer to transport a generator valued at $1 million from Kenai to an oil field near Prudhoe Bay. The photo was taken on the tarmac at the Kenai Airport and shows a winch being used to secure the generator onto the plane.

"We usually do these types of moves a few times a year from Kenai and deliver to various sites in Prudhoe Bay," says Kenai Service Center Manager Andy Collins. "The moves often consist of very high-value pieces of equipment such as turbines or generators. They move via air due to the value and delicate nature of the cargo." The Lynden crew picked up the generator at the customer's warehouse using a 53-foot step deck trailer which provides a smooth air ride and the perfect transfer height for the rear door of the Hercules aircraft.

According to Andy, Ralph Hemphill was the driver on this project. "He did an outstanding job," he says. "The move was completed without a hitch. We also would like to give kudos to Lynden Air Cargo Loadmaster E.J. Peters for his help."

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Transport, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden ships equipment to support Guatemalan firefighters

Posted on Tue, Mar 05, 2019

Guatemala firefighters"As I told you when we met, we're probably going to ask a bit more of you than your typical client does, but it will be about things we can do together to help firefighters all over the world," says Deputy Chief Jon Ibrahim of Hearts In Motion and Fire Service International, nonprofits based in Indiana. Lynden Account Executive Ollie Ladd and Ocean Operations Manager Dave McGeath worked with Jon to coordinate the move of a 20-foot container filled with donated firefighting equipment from Hearts In Motion to the San Francisco dock for ocean shipment to Guatemala City. The equipment was bound for some of the world's poorest firefighters in Central America as they combat the aftermath of the eruption of the Fuego Volcano this winter.

Hearts In Motion has been providing firefighting assistance and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Guatemala for 35 years as well as Nicaragua, Ecuador and other parts of Central and South America. Ollie, Dave and the Lynden team pulled the Guatemala move together in just one week, working against last-minute deadlines and changing requirements. "When you consider that these donations were sitting in a warehouse and within a week they were loaded into a container and on the sea, it really speaks to Lynden's capabilities, and how employees bent over backwards to help us out, not just with the logistics, but also the communication and walking us through the process," Jon says. "We are going to have a long-term relationship with Lynden because of the personal touch of everyone involved. When I was there it felt less like a business meeting and more like I was just having lunch with a Chicago buddy."

"It is rewarding to know that we had a hand in sending relief to the people of Guatemala who are struggling with the aftermath of the volcano," Ollie says. "Jon tells us the shipment made a huge difference in the lives of the firefighters in Guatemala and El Salvador who can now do their jobs safely and more effectively."

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Lynden Capabilities

New Antarctica service puts Lynden on all continents

Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Lynden Air Cargo Antarctica"Antarctica was the final continent on our checklist," says Lynden Air Cargo President Rick Zerkel. "Now we can cross it off." Lynden Air Cargo has joined a short list of operators that serve all seven continents by starting a new project in support of an Italian Antarctic Expedition team doing research on the icy land mass.

The month-long mission lasted from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30 and involved carrying supplies from Christchurch, New Zealand to Italian base Mario Zucchelli Station and Phoenix Field at McMurdo Station, the U.S. base in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica. According to Lynden Air Cargo Captain Pat Madland, Terra  Nova Bay is about 2,000 miles and 7 hours from Christchurch, and Phoenix Field is 300 miles further south and about 8 hours flying time. "This was accomplished with an augmented crew to allow for rest," Pat explains. "We also carry a loadmaster and mechanic." The whole operation requires nine people on the ground in Christchurch.

"This high-profile project illustrates Lynden Air Cargo’s capabilities in remote locations," says Adam Murray, Director of Business Development and Marketing. "With 98 percent of the continent covered in ice, there are no cities or villages. This is another addition to our capabilities and we hope to provide this service next year and on an ongoing basis if possible."

The flight crew includes Captains Pat Madland and Thomas Lindberg, First Officer Josh Havel, Flight Engineers Bill Spencer, Clint Swanson and John Worley, Loadmaster Leonel Lopez and Aircraft Mechanics Travis Blaszak and Dan Spears.

"The cargo on the first two trips to Terra Nova Bay consisted mostly of helicopters. We carried two Squirrel helicopters on each trip. Since then, the cargo has been scientific equipment and food," Pat says. "Although it’s exciting to go to Antarctica, Lynden Air Cargo crews are used to flying to remote locations in challenging conditions.  Antarctica closely resembles Greenland with its mountainous terrain covered with an ice cap. Much of the continent is around 10,000 feet high although we landed on sea ice runways at sea level. Most of our Lynden crews have been to six continents and it’s nice to add the seventh."

Tags: Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden International relocates to new Chicago facility

Posted on Fri, Jan 04, 2019

Lynden International ChicagoLynden International’s Chicago office recently moved to a new facility. According to District Operations Manager Jason Hiti-Shannon, along with 50 percent more warehouse space, the office features upgraded IT infrastructure and security systems to better serve a diverse and growing customer base.

"We look forward to using this facility to further our goal to be a significant player in our markets and in advancing the One Lynden brand throughout the Midwest," Jason says.

For a full list of Lynden International service centers visit www.lynden.com/lint/locations/overview.html.

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden Capabilities

It's 'plane' to see Lynden's expertise with aviation moves

Posted on Tue, Dec 04, 2018

When an aircraft is grounded, or Aircraft On Ground (AOG), every minute counts. Regular aerospace customer UTair recently asked for Lynden's help when one of its passenger planes was grounded waiting for a new engine.

The Lynden International team quickly scheduled trucks to transport the heavy haul freight to Miami International Airport, took care of customs documentation and booked a flight to move the 15,000-pound engine to UTair's Moscow hub within four days.

"We usually deliver smaller parts for the Russian airline, but this request gave us an opportunity to show that we can handle any size freight – and come through on a critical shipment," says Sergey Buchumov, Head of Business Development and Sales in Moscow.

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden International charters two Antonovs to Kingdom of Bahrain

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

Antonov charter to Bahrain 1280x628Lynden International chartered two Antonov aircraft to ship fragile tube bundles from Houston to the Kingdom of Bahrain, located just off the eastern coastline of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is a small archipelago of 33 islands and is seeing a resurgence in oil and gas activity.

According to Lynden International District Manager Diana Martinez, "We began working on this proposal a year ago." Lynden was selected for the job and began the complicated move by picking up eight tube bundles in Beasley, TX and bringing them to the Lynden warehouse for crating.

They were then moved to the airport for loading on the two chartered Antonov AN-124s. Each plane carried four tube bundles, each weighing 50,500 pounds and measuring 44 feet by 13 feet by 5 feet. Total aircraft weight: 202,000 pounds. "The tube bundles are used for heat exchangers and they are extremely fragile. The thin tubing on the inner structure is easily bent," Diana explains. With Lynden's careful handling, the bundles were delivered on time and in perfect condition. 

Tags: Lynden International, Oversize shipping, Oversize freight, Lynden Capabilities

Plane floats home after emergency landing

Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Airplane Shipment, Etolin IslandLynden is known for responding to emergencies. In a recent case, a pilot made an emergency landing on Etolin Island, AK with no landing strip and a windshield covered with oil. The pilot radioed for help and was flown to Ketchikan for medical assistance, leaving the damaged plane behind. A few days later a helicopter arrived, lashed it onto the skids and flew it to the Wrangell Airport where it was dismantled and loaded onto an Alaska Marine Lines flat.

Driver Doug Schwartz worked with the plane's owners to get it to the port for shipment on an Alaska Marine Lines barge going to Juneau. The customers were extremely appreciative of Doug's help with the unusual move and wrote in their feedback card, "Thank you, Doug, for your expertise and quick service. You were invaluable. We hope to never have to ship an airplane again!"

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Capabilities

Companies work together on international move

Posted on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Container at Alaska Marine Lines service centerA recent project for a return customer involved four Lynden companies and three modes of transportation. Lynden International was called upon to move three 56-foot power generation modules plus three 40-foot containers of supporting equipment from Europe, to Seattle and then on to a remote location in Canada. The project spanned two months and involved many twists and turns.

Planning for the move took almost a year and Lynden’s carefully coordinated delivery was moved up a month when the customer’s equipment was finished ahead of schedule in June instead of July. The delivery of the oversized freight required planning and coordination with the project lead for ‘just-in-time’ delivery of each component.

"The pieces were collected in the middle of Europe, trucked south to the port and sent via ocean to Seattle where Alaska West Express took over to get them to Canada. Lynden International filed a temporary import into the U.S. for the customer, then we moved the freight inbound on Alaska Marine Lines’ bond," explains Paulette Shatara, Lynden International Director of Business Development, in Houston. Lynden used heavy haul trucks with specialized shock-protected trailers to move the valuable pieces from the factory, to the port for loading onto the vessel. It was a two-day journey of more than 400 miles, requiring permits and 56-foot trailers. One of the modules weighed more than 100,000 pounds. The project also involved coordinating air shipments for paint and other hazardous materials.

Once the pieces arrived in Seattle, they were carefully offloaded from the vessel onto waiting trailers and loaded onto a north bound Alaska Marine Lines barge. Alaska West Express and Canadian Lynden Transport drivers transported them to the final destination. "The successful completion of this project was the result of the cooperative efforts of Lynden International, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Canadian Lynden Transport," says Alaska West Express Project Manager Steve Willford. Steve also recognized Drivers Gary Ridall and James Elliot for getting the modules into the delivery site safely and the close support, advice and cooperation received from the Canadian Lynden Transport team.

Tags: Lynden International, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Canadian Lynden Transport, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden International ships Russian aircraft parts from Spain to U.S. and beyond

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

S7 Aircraft parts- Snowstorm in Madrid, Spain (Blog version)S7 Airlines is the second largest airline in Russia and a long-time Lynden International customer. Over the years, the carrier has called upon Lynden for a variety of projects. A project toward the start of this year involved disassembling an Embraer E-190 aircraft in Madrid, stripping it to the wings and fuselage and shipping the spare parts to S7 subsidiary Nelson Parts in Bend, OR.

According to Sergey Buchumov, Russia Sales and Marketing Director, Lynden was handling about one shipment a week ranging from an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to a fuel thruster weighing 2,000 pounds. "This project required many of our services," Sergey says, "such as brokerage and hazardous freight transport for aviation batteries." The first shipment of 8,000 small parts required 8,000 line items with all the necessary documentation for each. This inaugural shipment also included a freak snowstorm in Madrid that shut down roads leading into and out of the area. 

"Snow in Spain was not the type of hurdle we were anticipating with this project," quips Daniel Gotham, Business Development Director, Global Projects. "They don't salt roads in Spain."

Lynden provided customs and import services to the U.S. and door-to-door delivery to the Bend airport and the airport hangar where the parts were consolidated and stored. When the aircraft parts were eventually sold to domestic and international buyers, Lynden handled that as well, which included ocean and air transport. "We are often moving the same parts twice; from Russia to the U.S. and then again from Oregon to a new destination," Sergey explains.

In addition to S7, Lynden serves nine other Russian aerospace customers from its offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg. For those producing aircraft, Lynden moves production parts and for those already in operation, repair parts for Aircraft on the Ground (AOG) situations and other needs. Parts are often sourced from Boeing and other U.S.-based suppliers allowing Lynden to call upon its network of Service Centers for expedited service.

Tags: Lynden International, International shipping, Customer Service, Lynden Capabilities

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