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Alaska Governor honors Lynden Air Cargo with North Star Award

Posted on Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Hurricane response - LAC with sandbags on tarmac.jpgLynden Air Cargo received the Governor’s North Star Award for its long history of assisting in humanitarian relief and environmental disasters worldwide. The 2017 North Star Awards were announced this week by Gov. Bill Walker in Juneau. Lynden Air Cargo was recognized in the Transportation and Humanitarian Exchange categories and was one of only four companies to receive the honor. For more than 30 years, the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence have recognized Alaskan companies and organizations engaged in successful international business and activities.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award which we share with our employees and the Lynden family of companies,” said Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. “All of our employees – in the air and on the ground – pride themselves on providing safe and reliable service while opening new international markets and opportunities to Alaska. We are also proud of our service in assisting victims of natural disasters and our environmental cleanup response. Wherever Lynden Air Cargo flies, it proudly represents Lynden, but also its home state of Alaska.”
 
Lynden pioneered service to Alaska in 1954 and today serves customers in every sector of the Alaska economy, including energy, mining, seafood, retail, military and government. Lynden Air Cargo’s fleet of L-382 Hercules aircraft transport everything from groceries to cars within Alaska through weekly scheduled flights and oversized cargo worldwide through charter flights. Its Hercules aircraft have responded to fires, earthquakes in Haiti, supported a peacekeeping mission in the African Congo and, most recently, mobilized relief flights to help those affected by Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria in the Caribbean. Flight crews worked in situations where there was little information about airport conditions and contaminated fuel supplies.

“Since 1986, these awards have honored Alaskan companies that engage in successful international business and activities, and this year’s honorees should be proud of the role they play in connecting our state to the rest of the world,” said Governor Walker. “This diverse group of organizations is emblematic of the spirit of the North Star Awards.”

The 2017 North Star honorees include:  
•    Chena Hot Springs Resort (Tourism)
•    Hecla Greens Creek Mine (Trade, Export of Goods)
•    Lynden Air Cargo (Transportation, Humanitarian Exchange)
•    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Alaska (Trade, Import of Goods and People)

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Awards, Relief Efforts, Environmental efforts

Lynden Air Cargo answers the call for emergency aid

Posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Hurricane response - LAC with sandbags on tarmac.jpgLynden Air Cargo answered the call on Sept. 8 to mobilize relief flights for Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. "We began flights into the Caribbean on Sept. 17 once there was a clear identification of needs," explains Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. Lynden is currently under contract with Diplomat Freight Services (DFS) to provide continued air support for sites in the Caribbean.

"Logistics have been a challenge as there has been limited information on which airports are open and have uncontaminated fuel supplies," Rick says. "Some of the islands have completely lost power. Hotels have also been hard to find in some of these locations because they are still being used as shelters for families who cannot go back to their homes or sustained damage during the storms. We have also had to pause flying when Hurricanes Maria and Juan hit the Caribbean a second and third time – on occasion flying around the storms to get to any locations we could."

Lynden Air Cargo has been conducting flights through DFS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and other supporting agencies and governments to bring in food, water, trucks, fuel and other disaster response supplies. "We anticipate we will be flying continuously for quite some time – there is no indication that it will be slowing down any time soon," Rick says.

As of late September, Lynden aircraft have flown to the following locations based out of Curacao, Aruba and Miami: St. Martin, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Grand Turk Island and Providenciales Island (a part of the Caicos Islands). The company is especially grateful to their flight crew and flight operations staff who have performed admirably while working under constantly changing conditions with limited information.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Disaster Relief, Relief Efforts

Lynden Air Cargo assists World Food Programme in Africa

Posted on Thu, Aug 07, 2014

For more than 50 years, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been getting food to wherever it is needed in the world, saving the lives of those affected by war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Last month, the program received a boost when Lynden Air Cargo took on a three-month assignment to provide air lift of food and supplies from Assosa, Ethiopia, to Doro, South Sudan, with the potential of several other locations within Africa. Nearly 150,000 South Sudanese have sought asylum in western Ethiopia since conflict erupted in their homeland in late 2013.

“We expect between three to four flights a day, six days a week,” explains Jim Davis, Lynden Air Cargo Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “Our task is to make deliveries to ensure the South Sudanese refugees receive the food they desperately need. I would like to give credit to the Lynden employees who volunteered to do this work. This is one of the most remote places in the world and very poor living conditions. We have an amazing group of people. It is always inspiring to me how everyone rises to the challenges we face.” 

The WFP is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger. On average, the WFP provides food to 100 million people per year in 77 of the poorest countries. This year, WFP Ethiopia plans to assist nearly 6.5 million vulnerable people with food and assistance, including school children, farmers and refugees. Up to to 350,000 refugees are expected in Gambela, Ethiopia, by the end of the year.

“We are looking forward to the challenge as this is a new market for us in a new part of the world. We have put together a great team and are excited to get started,” Jim says.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, International shipping, Relief Efforts, Lynden donation

Lynden Air Cargo supports Gulf response efforts

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2010

Lynden Air Cargo’s N403LC is shown here on one of the 81 aerial oil-dispersant missions Lynden flew in support of BP’s Deepwater Horizon response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.


Dispersant flights
Dispersant flights

Dispersant flights - back view
View from inside the plane

The first L-382G began flying missions in April, followed by the second aircraft, N401LC, in June. Both aircraft finished work in the gulf in July when the well was permanently capped. Flights operated out of Stennis International Airport in Mississippi. Chief Pilot and Captain Mike Redmon and 35 Lynden Air Cargo employees were involved in the project.

Lynden Air Cargo has helped with disaster relief all around the world, including relief flights to Haiti in early 2010 and delivering emergency supplies to Samoa and Indonesia after the earthquakes in late 2009.

Tags: Alaska, Lynden Air Cargo, Hercules, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

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, Lynden Air Cargo, International shipping, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

Photos from Haiti: Relief flight pictures (taken by a Lynden employee)

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2010

Lynden employee Tim O'Brian recently flew down to Haiti on a Lynden Air Cargo relief flight. He took a number of photos from the ground in Haiti, and was kind enough to share his experiences. Several photos are shown below, and you can view all of Tim's pictures here (this link will take you to a Kodak photo gallery).

Haiti relief flights - Herc unloading

Haiti relief flights - damaged pier

Haiti relief flights - tent city

Haiti relief flights - on the ground


Learn more about Lynden's involvement with relief flights to Haiti.

Other relief flight blog posts - including flight experiences shared by Lynden Air Cargo's captains and crew - can be viewed here.

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Air Cargo, International shipping, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

Captain's Blog: Relief flights to Haiti - Experiences of Captain James Wallace and the Aircrew of 405

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2010

Captain James Wallace and his Lynden Air Cargo crew recently flew to Haiti as part of the disaster relief flight efforts. Captain Wallace shares his experiences and photos from their trip to Haiti:

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Captain James Wallace - Haiti Relief Flight Experiences

The disaster events of January 12th to the country of Haiti is proving to be a daunting Overhead shot of Haititask for the entire world community. Lynden Air Cargo in coordination with USAID and countless others is accomplishing the goal of providing seamless support to the Haitian community. The result of this tireless effort ultimately is saving lives. As a crew we were fortunate enough to be part of this great effort. The ground crews of Lynden and USAID in both Washington-Dulles and Haiti displayed unparalleled team work, that ultimately assisted the flight crews to maintain the highest standard.

Upon arrival into Haitian airspace the calamity of events was apparent. All air traffic control was maintained by 1 man with 1 radio. His professionalism kept control of an incredible situation. In the 2 hoursRelief flights - unloading in Haiti that we spent on the ground 50 aircraft came and went.  The airport ramp is no larger than 5 football fields that services a runway with one taxiway. Up to 20 aircraft from DC-3's to 767's littered the ramp at any given time. People strewn the ramp assisting others unloading and loading aircraft in order for them to return with more aid.

The coming days will be a daunting task for all who are aiding Haiti. The high standard of Lynden Air Cargo and USAID begins with everyone, including the Loadmasters, Mechanics, Dispatchers, Aircrew, and the countless others that it takes to operate at this level of merit.

We say thank you,

The Aircrew of 405

Captain James Wallace, Robert Willoughby, Billy Miller, Bob Lesko, and Ted Pederson

 
Photos: 1) Lynden Air Cargo's N405LC on approach into Haiti. 2) On the ground in PAP offloading supplies to UN.

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To learn more about Lynden's Haiti relief flight involvement, please visit our relief flights information page.


Related Blog Posts:
Relief flights to Haiti: Captain Chris Caden shares his experiences
Relief flights to Haiti: Inspirational experience on the ground

Tags: Pilot Experiences, Lynden Air Cargo, Hercules, International shipping, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief, Crew Experiences

Relief flights to Haiti: Inspirational experience on the ground

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2010

Loadmaster Bob Lesko is part of a Lynden Air Cargo crew that recently flew to Haiti as part of the disaster relief flight efforts. Bob shared an inspirational story about his experience in Haiti:

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Loadmaster Bob Lesko - Haiti Experience

I have a little story for you on Haiti. On my last flight there I was greeted by the USAID rep and asked him for a couple of individuals to help with the offload. Haiti relief flights - Haiti locals helping to unload HercFifteen minutes later he returned with about 15 strong individuals, all local residents that they recruited. Well, some of them had seen pictures of airplanes but had never have been on an aircraft, period. So I took a little extra time to offload and had groups of 4 at a time come up and help and after we finished we all got together for a 15 minute photo shoot.

The faces and laughter that came from these people was priceless, especially after all they have gone through. It was terrific to share with them the little I had to offer and the memories that I will come home with will be treasured.

Bob Lesko
Loadmaster
Lynden Air Cargo, LLC

Photo: Haiti locals helping to unload a Lynden Air Cargo Hercules aircraft (photo courtesy of Northern Air Cargo).
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To learn more about Lynden's Haiti relief flight involvement, please visit our relief flights information page. 


Related Blog Posts
Relief flights to Haiti: Experiences of Captain James Wallace and the Aircrew of 405
Relief flights to Haiti: Captain Chris Caden shares his experiences

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Hercules, International shipping, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief, Crew Experiences

Captain's Blog: Relief flights to Haiti - Captain Chris Caden shares his experiences

Posted on Wed, Jan 20, 2010

Captain Chris Caden is a Lynden Air Cargo pilot who recently flew to Haiti as part of the disaster relief logistics efforts. Captain Caden was kind enough to send several paragraphs and pictures describing his experiences in Haiti:

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Captain Chris Caden - Haiti Relief Mission Report - 1/14/2010

Everyone at USAID has been super friendly to work with.Relief flights to Haiti - Hercules cargo plane

Upon arriving at IAD our crew was replacing the previous crew coming back from Lynden's first flight into PAP, lead by Capt. James Wallace. Loading of our Herc was already in progress when we got to the airplane.

We took off from Washington-Dulles Intl Airport (IAD) at about 4 am for our 4 1/2 hour flight to Port Au Prince (PAP), Haiti. When we began our approach to the airport it was very apparent that we weren't the only ones bringing relief supplies. Relief flight to Haiti - Lynden Air CargoThe earthquake had taken out all services at the airport, including radar and ATC (Air Traffic Control) capabilities, which created very difficult conditions for the authorities, but they handled the extraordinary amount of inbound air traffic to Haiti commendably. We were placed number 13 in a list of planes to land and held in a pattern overhead before we diverted to Puerto Plata (POP), Dominican Republic to get more fuel and give it another try. After obtaining clearance to take off and head back to PAP we encountered yet another delay that had us circling overhead PAP again, but we finally landed and offloaded our supplies.

Might I add that the main reason for the delays really isn't because of the lack of radar or modern ATC control, it's the lack of ramp space and movement. PAP's ramp, terminal and taxiway were built to handle a Disaster relief logistics - Haiti air terminalhalf-dozen flights per hour, and now with relief needs, are tasked with handling 3 times that much traffic. The best way I can describe it is a four-lane interstate highway being cut down to one lane.

The people from USAID met our plane once we parked and off-loaded most everything by hand. As you can imagine forklifts were in great demand with few and far between available. Everything from small helicopters to Boeing 767's were parked tightly on the ramp. The terminal building was abandoned with large visible cracks in the structure and the control tower's windows had all been shattered and busted Disaster relief logistics - USAID in Haitiout. The runway, taxiway and ramp all seemed to be in surprisingly good shape, thank goodness. We were on the ground for an hour and 45 minutes before we headed back to POP for fuel and our return trip to Denver.

I'd like to recognize everyone on the Disaster Relief Team in Washington, DC for all their efforts and coordination concerning our flight into Haiti, and I'd like to thank my crew, Randall Sanderson (FO), James Seefeldt (FE), Ted Pederson (MX) and Bob Lesko (LM) for their extraordinary efforts and professionalism. Without their dedication to the job, this simply would not have been a success.

Chris Caden
Captain/Check Airman L-382G
Lynden Air Cargo, LLC

Photos: 1) N405LC waiting in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 2) Aerial view of PAP. 3) Terminal building and control tower in Port Au Prince. 4) USAID personnel offloading cargo in PAP.

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To learn more about Lynden's Haiti relief flight involvement, please visit our relief flights information page.

 

Related Blog Posts:
Relief flights to Haiti: Experiences of Captain James Wallace and the Aircrew of 405
Relief flights to Haiti: Inspirational experience on the ground

Tags: Pilot Experiences, Lynden Air Cargo, Hercules, International shipping, Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

Live Tracking: Relief Flights to Haiti

Posted on Fri, Jan 15, 2010

Lynden Air Cargo has a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft that is currently flying to Haiti with relief supplies (Jan. 15th, 2010). Through flightaware.com you can track this Lynden plane in real-time! The plane left Mobile, Alabama at 1:13 PST and is expected to land in Haiti at 5:28 PST. Below is a screenshot of the tracking map:

Relief flights to Haiti - online tracking

(click here or on the image to view live tracking)

To learn more about Lynden's involvement with the Haiti relief efforts, view our Relief Flights to Haiti information page.

You can also learn more about air cargo charter services offered by Lynden.


Related: Lynden's relief flight efforts in Indonesia and Samoa.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, International shipping, Relief Efforts

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