Labs, hospitals and medical facilities all over the country rely on Alaska Air Cargo’s GoldStreak Package Express service. More than just cargo, these shipments are often vital to someone’s well-being.
With our next-available-flight service for shipments up to 150 pounds, you can rest easy knowing your time— and temperature—sensitive shipments will get there fast and well cared for — guaranteed.
Visit our website to book your GoldStreak shipment.
Founded in 1969 and based in Seattle, Washington, SightLife is a nonprofit global health organization dedicated to eliminating corneal blindness worldwide by 2040. In 2018 alone, SightLife helped restore the sight of more than 36,000 people around the world.
What is corneal blindness? Corneal blindness is the loss of sight caused by damage to the surface of the eye. It’s actually a treatable condition with a clear solution — a corneal transplant. Yet, because of a shortage of transplant tissue and insufficient surgeon training, there are almost 13 million people in the world, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, who are suffering from this type of blindness. The toll on families can be devastating. In these regions, corneal blindness means losing one’s independence and livelihood, or a child unable to go to school. Consequently, sight restoration has a profound impact on individuals, their families, and their communities.
Low- and middle-income countries are impacted the most. In the United States, cornea injuries such as scratches often can be treated with just medication. And if a transplant is required, there’s no waiting list for corneal transplant. Thanks to a large donor registry, high-performing eye banks and supportive policies in place, a patient can simply make an appointment. This strong ecosystem does not exist in low- and middle-income countries. Many cornea injuries don’t get treated at all. And blindness is often the unfortunate result of lack of treatment.
SightLife’s mission is to completely eliminate corneal blindness globally by 2040. Alaska Air Cargo’s role in this mission is to help SightLife quickly transfer healthy corneal tissue from donors to labs and eye banks around the U.S., and sometimes even for international transfer. Alaska Air Cargo has been working with SightLife for 15+ years, shipping corneal tissue an average of three to four times per day. In 2018 alone, Alaska Air Cargo shipped more than 2,600 corneas, almost entirely via GoldStreak overnight service.
Speed plus quality equals a higher transplant success rate. Donor tissue must be handled expediently and carefully. “Speed, service, and reliability are why we love Alaska Air Cargo,” SightLife’s COO Jim McCorkle says. “They service nearly all of our rural regions — as far apart as Montana and North Carolina — where our technicians recover or distribute tissue. Since Alaska Air Cargo has fewer delayed or canceled flights, their reliability is a huge plus for our operation.”
Unique stewards. SightLife views itself as “stewards of a special gift.” It is very important to donor families that their “gift” is honored, protected, nurtured, and ultimately used to restore the sight of another person. “Corneas need to be handled with extreme care,” says McCorkle. “We hear often how Alaska personnel actually carry corneas in the cockpit. They take personal responsibility to ensure the tissue stays safe. In our rural areas where GoldStreak hours may vary, there have been Alaska personnel who stayed later than usual so that they can receive and ship our tissue.”
That personal responsibility extends to times when delays are inevitable. “When we have a deadline to get tissue to our lab, the Alaska Airlines staff is always willing to help radio a driver to prioritize our shipment and bring it to the cargo area quicker than normal.”
The world through new eyes. In addition to providing corneal tissue, SightLife invests in scalable healthcare models that address challenges in global health systems in countries where the majority of the corneal blind live. Visit SightLife to learn more about their extraordinary mission and work.
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Our growing national network of 115+ destinations has opened up more opportunities for the shipping of fresh flowers. Our three-city (Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando) presence in Florida and 12 cargo destinations in California provide service for the key growing and floral distribution centers in the U.S. Our nonstop coast-to-coast flights are advantages for shippers of perishable goods like flowers, where quality is predicated on speed and delivery reliability.
East Coast shippers, for example, are using Alaska Airlines to send flowers originating in South America to the West Coast, Alaska, and inland states like Montana.
Cal Flowers Expo is an annual California floral industry convention for growers and floral professionals around the country. The July 24-27 Fun ‘N Sun event was held in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.
We are partners with Cal Flowers and we offer a special discount program that all 750 Cal Flowers members can use. To get an account, enroll in the program, and obtain a special access code, please contact Michael Yu, Alaska Airlines Regional Cargo Sales Manager, California.
311 W. Air Cargo Way, Milwaukee, WI 53207
PICKUP HOURS (inbound cargo only)
Monday – Friday: 4:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pickup is available around the clock at JFK for all prepaid shipping.
As of August 1, 2019, internal combustion engines, either standalone or incorporated into machinery or a vehicle, which have ever contained fuel, will not be accepted by Alaska Airlines as non-regulated cargo. These must be offered as fully regulated Dangerous Goods. Only new internal combustion engines, which have never contained fuel, or have never been operated, will be accepted as non-regulated goods, in accordance with 49 CFR Part 173.220 or IATA Special Provision A70.
It’s fairly self-explanatory. But please contact us if you have questions regarding the above. 1-800-225-2752.
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