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Alaska Air Group rates its environmental performance in the third annual sustainability report

Alaska 2014 Sustainability Report

Alaska Air Group (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) has issued is Third Annual Sustainability Report for 2014 where it has decreased its emissions by 30 percent over the past 10 years. Here is the statement:

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Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, has reduced its mainline flying emissions intensity by one-third over the last 10 years through fleet advancements and flight technology. These advances have avoided burning 531 million gallons of fuel since 2004 — the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road for a year.

Additionally, Air Group reported record financial results, enabling it to invest in local communities and strengthen the long-term future of its workforce.

This is among a series of goals and accomplishments highlighted in Alaska Air Group’s newly-released 2014 Sustainability Report, which summarizes the company’s progress on environmental, social and economic goals. The complete report is available online at

“Beyond our basic commitment as a company to provide safe, reliable and affordable transportation, we are focused on ensuring our business goals are in balance with the needs of our communities,” said Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden. “We have made great strides in the last year to embed sustainability into every level of our business.”

Alaska 2020 Sustainability Strategy

Above: Alaska Airlines. The keys to the 2020 Sustainability Strategy.

Below are highlights of the airline’s accomplishments in 2014:


2,200 tons of material was collected for recycling inflight (enough plastic bottles to re-carpet Portland International Airport 29 times–#pdxcarpet)

47 Boeing 737 jets received new winglets, reducing emissions by 500 metric tons per aircraft per year (equivalent to driving around the earth 2,329 times)

Over 200 new electric vehicles were installed at Sea-Tac Airport, nearly doubling Air Group’s electric ground service fleet

Although Air Group’s total emissions increased from 2013 to 2014 as the airline’s traffic increased 6.5 percent, its emissions intensity decreased by 2 percent (as measured per revenue passenger mile).


The average wage of Air Group’s more than 13,000 employees ($69,044) is 23 percent higher than the regional average

82 percent of employees reported overall positive engagement, up from 79 percent in 2013
Over $9.6 million donated by Air Group, supporting more than 1,300 community organizations


16 new routes added, while still lowering non-fuel unit costs by 1.3 percent
Alaska is one of only two U.S. airlines with investment grade credit ratings

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/ (all other images by Alaska Airlines). Boeing 737-890 N581AS (msn 35188) arrives at Anchorage.

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Alaska Air Cargo delivers the first Copper River Salmon to Seattle for the new season

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced the opening of the annual Copper Riser Salmon fishing season and the first delivery to SeaTac by Alaska Air Cargo. Here is the announcement:

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A fish-filled Alaska Airlines jet touched down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 6 a.m. today, carrying 18,000 pounds of wild Alaska Copper River salmon — about 4,500 more pounds than the weight of a Learjet 31. A second plane carrying an additional 30,000 pounds is scheduled to arrive in Seattle around 10:20 a.m. Today officially marks the start of the salmon season that is anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Salmon fishing fleet in Cordova, Alaska (Alaska)(LR)

Above Photo: Alaska Airlines. The fishing fleet off of Cordova, Alaska.

Alaska Airlines will operate up to five more flights today transporting the coveted Copper River salmon caught for three seafood processors: Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods. The extra Copper River salmon flights will depart Cordova, Alaska, and arrive in Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska, where the fish will be shipped throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the United States today and through the weekend.

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Above Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices. The carrier flew nearly 25 million pounds of fresh Alaska seafood to the Lower 48 states and beyond last year, including nearly 1.2 million pounds of Copper River salmon.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/ Boeing 737-890 N559AS (msn 35178) in the unique “Wild Alaska Seafood” livery and named “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon 2″ arrives in Washington (Reagan National).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Dedicated freighter, Boeing 737-490 (F) N709AS (msn 28896) lands in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Alaska Airlines to charge extra for bulkhead and exit row seats

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has also decided to charge extra for the bulkhead and exit row seats. The airline issued this statement:

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Customers who like a little extra legroom now have more choices when flying Alaska Airlines, with the launch of Preferred Plus seating. Starting today, the bulkhead and exit row seats will be available to all customers for paid upgrades after Mileage Plan MVP, MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75k members have had an opportunity to reserve them.

Preferred Plus upgrades begin at $15 plus tax, and include a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine or beer, up to eight inches of extra legroom and priority boarding. Upgrades for rows 6, 16 and 17 can be purchased within 24 hours before check-in at, through the Alaska Airlines mobile apps and at the airport, when available. Previously, only Mileage Plan elite-level customers had access to reserve these seats. Upgrades for elites are, and will continue to be, complimentary from the time of booking through departure.

Alaska Preferred Seating

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/ (all others by Alaska Airlines). Boeing 737-890 N564AS (msn 35103) approaches the runway at Anchorage.

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Alaska Airlines to be Gevo’s launch partner of renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is partnering with fuel supplier Gevo for biofuel. Gevo issued this release statement:

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Gevo, Inc. announced today that it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ).

The single demonstration flight is expected to occur after Gevo receives ASTM International certification for its fuel, sometime in mid to late 2015. Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes extensive engine testing and data analysis by all of the major original equipment manufacturers to establish the specification for this drop in fuel. Once approved, this fuel can be seamlessly integrated into the distribution infrastructure and onto commercial aircraft.

Gevo’s patented ATJ is a clean burning, homegrown, drop-in jet fuel, which has the potential to deliver aviation biofuels at scale and at competitive cost.

Alaska Airlines was the first U.S. airline to fly multiple commercial passenger flights using a biofuel from used cooking oil. The carrier flew 75 flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. and Seattle and Portland in November 2011. The airline has set a goal to using sustainable aviation biofuel at one or more of its airports by 2020.

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/ Boeing 737-890 N557AS (msn 35176) with APB Split Scimitar Winglets departs from Los Angeles.

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Horizon Air to operate nonstop Seattle/Tacoma – Helena flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) on August 23 is introducing Alaska Horizon (operated by subsidiary Horizon Air) Bombardier Q400 nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma hub to Helena, Montana. The new route will operate on a daily basis according to Airline Route.

The airline currently serves Helena via a stop in Great Falls.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Alaska Horizon’s (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N443QX (msn 4353) in the special UAA Seawolves – University of Alaska Anchorage college livery taxies to the runway at the Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport (SEA) hub.

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Alaska Airlines to fly south to Costa Rica from Los Angeles, will also add LAX – BWI service

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will chart new territory this fall when it adds new service between Los Angeles and Costa Rica’s two major international airports, further strengthening its southern California focus city. The eight weekly flights from Los Angeles to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR), Costa Rica, are scheduled to begin October 31 and November 1 respectively, and are in addition to new daily service the carrier will add on September 9 between Los Angeles and Baltimore.

Summary of new Los Angeles (LAX) service:

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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/ Boeing 737-990 ER N435AS (msn 43292) with APB Split Scimitar Winglets lands at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

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Alaska Airlines continues to build up the SeaTac hub with new routes to Charleston, Nashville and Raleigh/Durham

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is growing again its SeaTac hub with new nonstop service from its Seattle/Tacoma hub to Charleston, South Carolina (connecting the two Boeing 787 assembly areas), Nashville, Tennessee and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2015.

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By this fall, Seattle’s largest airline will serve 83 destinations from Seattle/Tacoma with 290 peak daily flights—two-and-a half times that of Alaska’s nearest competitor.

Flights will be operated by fuel-efficient Next Generation 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/ Boeing 737-890 N548AS (msn 30020) with special markings promoting the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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