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Alaska Airlines and WSU to team up on the use of wood residue biofuels

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) just made this announcement:

Alaska (2014) logo

Washington state’s hometown airline is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest.

NARA logo

As the airline partner for NARA, Alaska Airlines intends next year to fly a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons of alternative biofuel being produced by the NARA team and its many partners. The planned flight signals a growing interest in the aviation industry for a viable alternative to conventional fossil fuel.

NARA Supply Chain Regions

The project will use post-harvest forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest (above).

NARA’s focus is on developing alternative jet fuel derived from post-harvest forest residuals. Residual treetops and branches are often burned after timber harvest. By using these waste materials as the feedstock of a biojet fuel supply chain, NARA and its aviation industry partners, seek to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as bolster sustainable economic-development potential in timber-based rural communities located throughout the Pacific Northwest.

NARA is a five-year project supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and is comprised of 22 member organizations from industry, academia and government laboratories. Its mission is to facilitate development of biojet and bioproduct industries in the Pacific Northwest using forest residuals that would otherwise become waste products. A key task of the project is to evaluate the economic, environmental and societal benefits and impacts associated with such developments.

In 2011 Alaska Airlines became the first U.S. airline to fly multiple commercial passenger flights using a biofuel refined from used cooking oil. The carrier flew 75 flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. and Seattle and Portland. Alaska has set the ambitious goal of using a sustainable aviation biofuel blend on all flights departing one or more airports by 2020. Later this year, Alaska will fly the first ever commercial flight using an alcohol-to-jet fuel.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air‘s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N401QX (msn 4031) in the Washington State University (WSU) cougars livery taxies at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) hub.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Alaska Horizon-Horizon Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Horizon Air’s aircraft technicians and fleet service agents ratify a new six-year contract

Horizon Air’s (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) aircraft technicians and fleet service agents have ratified a new six-year contract.

About 94 percent of members participated, and 53 percent of those voted in favor of the agreement.

The contract, ratified well ahead of the amendable date of December 16, 2014, includes a ratification bonus, annual wage increases and contract language enhancements. Horizon Air and IBT reached tentative agreement on the new contract in May 2014.

Under the Railway Labor Act, which governs collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry, contracts do not expire. Instead they become amendable. The ratified agreement for Horizon’s technicians becomes amendable in 2020.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Horizon its highest honor, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, 13 times since 1999 in recognition of the airline’s safety training efforts.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 44 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Copyright Photo: Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N401QX (msn 4031) taxies across the airfield at Los Angeles in the WSU Cougars university colors.

Alaska Horizon: AG Slide Show

Horizon Air: AG Slide Show

Alaska Airlines to fly from Anchorage to Phoenix and Las Vegas, Horizon Air to operate in Alaska

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will begin flying nonstop between Anchorage and Phoenix, starting on December 18, and Anchorage and Las Vegas, starting on December 19, 2013.

Flights will operate on each route three times a week. Anchorage-Las Vegas service will be offered year-round while Anchorage-Phoenix flights will operate seasonally through April 19, 2014.

Summary of new service:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Dec. 18 Anchorage-Phoenix 9:10 a.m. 4:35 p.m. Mon, Wed, Sat
Dec. 18 Phoenix-Anchorage 5:35 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Mon, Wed, Sat
Dec. 19 Anchorage-Las Vegas 10:05 a.m. 4:10 p.m. Thu, Fri, Sun
Dec. 19 Las Vegas-Anchorage 5:10 p.m. 9:45 p.m. Thu, Fri, Sun
Times based on local time zones.

Carrier introducing Bombardier Q400s to the state of Alaska

Alaska Airlines will add flying within the state of Alaska using Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft flown by Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma), starting on March 3, 2014. The Q400 will operate eight daily round-trip flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks currently flown with Boeing 737 aircraft. Additionally, the Q400 will replace an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 on one of two daily round-trip flights between Anchorage and Kodiak seasonally from October through April. Initial service will begin on March 3 and continue through April 30, 2014.

“Flying the fast and efficient Q400 enables Alaska Airlines to increase our frequency from seven to nine roundtrips a day for Anchorage-Fairbanks travelers, giving them more options for traveling between the state’s two largest cities,” Romano said. “It also gives us the flexibility to fly our larger aircraft to new destinations out of Anchorage, such as the new nonstop routes to Las Vegas and Phoenix.”

With a crew of two pilots and two flight attendants, the Q400 is configured with 76 seats in an all-coach cabin. The aircraft also is equipped with the Head-Up Guidance system and satellite-based navigation technology similar to Alaska’s Boeing 737s.

Horizon Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, will have 60 employees (30 flight attendants and 30 pilots) based in Anchorage to fly the aircraft. Alaska Airlines employees will provide ground-based customer service and maintenance support.

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 WL N644AS (msn 30795) taxies at San Francisco with a Wi-Fi sticker by the forward door.

Alaska Airlines: AG Slide Show

Alaska Horizon: AG Slide Show

Horizon Air: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N401QX (msn 4031) in the WSU Cougars – Washington State University special scheme climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.