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Alaska Airlines and Neste grow innovative partnership to fly more sustainably

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N506AS (msn 35690) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942036.

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

As part of Alaska Airlines’ ongoing efforts to fly greener and expand use of sustainable aviation fuels, Neste and Alaska have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In addition to Alaska’s efforts to increase fuel-efficiency and adopt innovative flight technology, the agreement will allow Neste and Alaska to more closely work together to design, create and implement solutions that lay the groundwork for the wider adoption of renewable fuels within the airline industry.

As the leading U.S. airline on the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Alaska recognizes that the move toward sustainable aviation fuels will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce turbine emissions, and potentially provide other performance and operational benefits. The companies share the view that closer collaboration within the industry and with key partners will help create the “lift” necessary to help move aviation in the right direction.

“I am delighted to announce our collaboration with Alaska Airlines. We are forerunners in the area of renewable fuels: Neste as a producer, and Alaska as a pioneer in the testing of renewable jet fuel on commercial flights. By working together, we will find the best solutions to secure the success in reaching Alaska’s goal to ‘fly greener’,” says Kaisa Hietala, Neste’s Executive Vice President in Renewable Products business area.

“At Alaska Airlines, we strive to fly true—true to our values, and true to the beautiful places and communities we fly to,” said Kirk Myers, Alaska Airlines Director of Sustainability. “We are proud to partner with Neste, the world leader in the production and advancement of renewable jet fuels, to support these efforts to fly more sustainably. This collaboration is another major step toward supporting the health of our communities and ecosystems.”

Alaska, working with other airlines, is addressing the reality of climate change by adopting targets to mitigate CO2 emissions from air transport. The aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transportation, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 percent reduction of net aviation CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.

In addition to the reduction of emissions and as part of its sustainability platform, Alaska is identifying operational efficiencies that will protect the environment. These include efficient aircraft design, optimized approach paths that reduce fuel use, in-cabin recycling and reduced paperwork and paper consumption. Alaska has a long history of pioneering innovative partnerships to lower impact, and this agreement is another positive step.

At present, the only viable replacement for fossil jet fuel as an energy source for commercial aviation is sustainable aviation biofuel. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel technology has been proven in thousands of commercial flights and can be easily adopted by airlines without the need for additional investments in new jet engines or segregated fuel distribution system. Partnerships between forward-thinking companies like Neste and Alaska will enable the airline industry to continue to connect the world, reduce greenhouse emissions, and ensure a healthy planet and future of flight.

Neste (Helsinki) creates sustainable solutions for transport, business, and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. We are also a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products. We want to be a reliable partner with widely valued expertise, research, and sustainable operations. In 2017, Neste’s revenue stood at EUR 13.2 billion. In 2018, Neste placed 2nd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N506AS (msn 35690) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942036.

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Alaska Airlines begins nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Pittsburgh

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N523AS (msn 35194) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943248.

Alaska Airlines today (September 6) it will begin nonstop, daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and Pittsburgh.

This new service is currently the only nonstop flight offered from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The new route effectively links Seattle to the thriving business community in Pittsburgh, which continues to grow as top technology companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups look to establish a presence in the city.

Summary of new service:

Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Sept. 6 Seattle-Pittsburgh 8:00 a.m. 3:53 p.m. Daily B737
Sept. 6 Pittsburgh-Seattle 5:00 p.m. 7:03 p.m. Daily B737

Flight times based on local time zones.

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Alaska to drop the Los Angeles – Mexico City route

Alaska's 2018 "Sub Pop Records" special livery

Alaska Airlines is planning to drop the Los Angeles – Mexico City route in November. The daily route will be dropped on November 6, 2018 according to Airline Route.

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Sub Pop plane (N587AS) makes Alaska’s fleet sing

Alaska's 2018 "Sub Pop" special livery

From the Alaska Airlines blog:

When we heard Seattle’s Sub Pop Records was celebrating 30 years and had always dreamt of having their own plane, we figured it was the least we could do. They gave us Nirvana and The Shins after all.

The independent record label got its start in 1988 and is known for signing central players in the grunge movement. They’ve since put several independent artists (and a store at SeaTac) on the map.

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Sub Pop Executive Vice President Megan Jasper

“It means so much for Alaska to say yes, music is important – music does make people’s lives better and brings us together as people,” said Megan Jasper, the label’s executive vice president.

We spoke with Jasper, who started as Sub Pop’s punk receptionist years ago, about our new partnership and the iconic label’s anniversary concert in West Seattle this weekend.

Alaska: Wow, 30 years. What does it mean for Sub Pop to hit this milestone?

Jasper: It’s kind of crazy. When Bruce and Jonathan started Sub Pop, they weren’t thinking 30 years from that point. For an independent label to last 30 years is something special. It’s not lost on us that we wouldn’t have lasted this long without great artists and community support. We’re very fortunate.

Alaska: What is one of your favorite Sub Pop memories from the past three decades?

Jasper: When Sub Pop started working with The Shins [in the early 2000s], no one knew who they were. They were a small band that would open for other bands. But their music was quirky and weird, brilliant and interesting. We were all mesmerized by this band.

When we released their second record [Chutes Too Narrow] in 2003, I remember them playing to the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. To stand at the balcony and look out and see them playing these weird, interesting songs to a sold-out audience that was packed full – and to see the audience singing every word – was one of those moments that will forever be in my heart. This little baby band had grown into something truly significant – a band that really had an impact on people’s lives. It made me feel like I was part of something so important.

Alaska: How would you describe Sub Pop to a stranger?

Jasper: I would describe it as an organization that celebrates independent music and is always developing artists in hopes of them having long-term careers. We try to do that with humor and with equal parts reverence and irreverence.

Alaska: We love this partnership, not just because Alaska and Sub Pop are two Seattle brands. We think we both strive to do things a little differently. Do you agree?

Jasper: When you are based in Seattle, WA, you really do things differently. We don’t have an industry-standard city as a base. We’re two companies that have had to figure out what works best for us and the people we serve.

We both strive to do things really well. I think when you put that experience first – someone flying on a plane or an artist looking for support for their art – that matters more than anything else. The attention to quality is felt.

Alaska: Has Sub Pop ever had an airplane?

Jasper: Hell no! We’ve never done anything like this, but we’ve talked about it for years. Sometimes you have dreams and you think they’ll always just be dreams. This plane being wrapped really truly is a dream come true for Sub Pop. It validates the importance that music has in people’s lives. It validates the work that this company has done. We always hope that what we do improves people’s lives.

It means so much for Alaska to say yes, music is important – music does make people’s lives better and brings us together as people.

The plane wrap is particularly meaningful for Sub Pop because it features stickers of our label we’ve used over the years. The rainbow flag sticker was created in June 2017 to help celebrate Pride month and has been in existence ever since. The owl sticker was designed by visual artist and musician Rick Froberg, who has recorded with The Obits and Hot Snakes, two bands on Sub Pop’s roster.

Alaska: It looks like you’re putting on an awesome event, SPF 30, to celebrate your anniversary this weekend. Have you had a show at Alki before?

Jasper: We’ve never had an event on Alki. For our 25th anniversary, we took over a chunk of space in Georgetown. At our 20th, we had a festival at Marymoor Park. It’s fun to throw these events, and we never want to do the same thing twice. We like the idea of reinvention.

We love West Seattle and think Alki is truly special. It showcases things we love about life in Northwest: mom-and-pop businesses, Puget Sound, the mountains and a stunning view of downtown Seattle.

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Top Copyright Photo (all others by Alaska Airlines): Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N587AS (msn 35684) (Sub Pop) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 943014.

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Alaska Airlines announces new nonstop service between Sacramento, California and Kona, Hawaii

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N590AS (msn 35687) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941631.

Alaska Airlines has announced the addition of a new nonstop service between Sacramento, California, and Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The new service, which is scheduled to begin December 20, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two destinations with a flight frequency of three times a week. Alaska currently offers nonstop service from Sacramento to Maui, Hawaii.

 

Effective Dates City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 Sacramento – Kona 12:15 p.m. 4:20 p.m. Tue, Thur, Sat 737
Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 Kona – Sacramento 2:05 p.m. 9:32 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri 737
 Jan. 6 onward Sacramento – Kona 11:30 a.m. 3:35 p.m. Tue, Thur, Sat 737
Jan. 6 onward Kona – Sacramento 12:30 p.m. 7:57 p.m. Tue, Thur, Sat 737
Please note: The flight schedule is adjusted two weeks after initial start of service. Flight times based on local time zones.

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Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N526AS (msn 35196) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941630.

Alaska Airlines has issued this statement:

For tickets purchased on or after May 1, guests traveling with emotional support or psychiatric service animals must provide animal health and behavioral documents, as well as a signed document from a medical doctor or mental health professional, at least 48 hours in advance of departure. The change does not apply to Alaska’s policy for traditional service animals.

“Alaska is committed to providing accessible services to guests with disabilities and ensuring a safe environment for all flyers,” said Ray Prentice, Alaska Airlines’ director of customer advocacy. “We are making these changes now based on a number of recent incidents where the inappropriate behavior of emotional support animals has impacted and even injured our employees, other guests and service animals.”

In recent years, the overall number of emotional support and psychiatric service animals traveling on Alaska Airlines has increased dramatically. Every day, approximately 150 emotional support and psychiatric service animals travel on Alaska Airlines.

“Most animals cause no problems,” said Prentice. “However, over the last few years, we have observed a steady increase in incidents from animals who haven’t been adequately trained to behave in a busy airport setting or on a plane, which has prompted us to strengthen our policy.” Alaska Airlines consulted with its disability advisory board and disability advocacy groups to ensure that the expanded policy accommodates guests with disabilities.

New Policy

For new bookings made on or after May 1, 2018, guests traveling with emotional support and psychiatric service animals must email or fax Alaska Airlines three completed documents, which will be available on alaskaair.com starting April 30:

  1. Animal Health Advisory Form – On this form the flyer acknowledges Alaska Airlines’ recommendation that all emotional support and psychiatric service animals travel with a veterinary-issued health certificate.
  2. Mental Health Form – Currently required, this is a letter issued by a mental health professional or medical doctor approving the use of an emotional support and psychiatric service animals.
  3. Animal Behavior Form – A signed affidavit affirming the emotional support or psychiatric service animal is trained to behave in public and that the owner accepts all liability for any injuries or damage to property.

Additionally, just like traditional service animals, emotional support and psychiatric service animals must be well-behaved in a public setting and under the control of their owner or handler at all times.

Guests with tickets purchased after May 1 who do not submit the required documentation 48 hours in advance, will be offered to fly with their pet under existing policies for travel in the cabin or in the temperature-controlled cargo compartment. Existing fleet and breed restrictions, as well as health certificate requirements, will apply.

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