Our Environment

Welcome to Greener Skies

Welcome to Greener Skies

On select flights from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, your aircraft will fly on a mixture of traditional petroleum and 20 percent biofuel - made from used cooking oil.

Are these biofuels safe?

Yes. Biofuels are just as safe as the regular fuel we use to power our aircraft. The fuel on your flight meets the same stringent international fuel certification as conventional jet fuel and the Federal Aviation Administration has approved it for use.

Why is Alaska Airlines doing this?

Caring for the environment is important to us. We also have a proud tradition of innovating to make flying safer, more reliable and easier for our customers. Biofuels are the best alternative energy source currently available for aviation. We want to do everything we can to achieve a market for sustainable biofuels as soon as possible.

How long will Alaska Airlines use biofuels?

We purchased enough biofuel to fly 75 flights on the selected routes with a 20 percent blend. These flights will operate for 11 days.

Why are biofuels so important?

Biofuels decrease our reliance on petroleum-based fuel, enabling airlines to sustainably reduce our largest impact on the environment and meet the industry’s goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050 compared with 2005 levels. Biofuels also represent a significant, complementary effort to our other green practices, including on-board recycling.

Will Alaska Airlines aircraft fly on used cooking oil after these initial 75 flights?

Large quantities of biofuels are not currently available in the United States. We hope this project will help to demonstrate there is a demand and interest among air carriers and our customers alike for biofuels and kick-start a new industry in the United States.

What is used cooking oil and how sustainable is it?

Used cooking oil comes from restaurants and many other businesses in the hospitality sectors that produce large quantities of it as waste. Using this waste to make biofuels helps produce a sustainable supply.

Where was the biofuel for this flight produced?

Dynamic Fuels produced the fuel in Louisiana and it was refined by KMTEX in Texas. The fuel meets high standards of sustainability as outlined by an independent sustainability board. There is not currently an adequate supply of aviation biofuels in the Pacific Northwest.

How does Alaska Airlines see the future market for biofuels?

Alaska Airlines paid a high premium for this fuel — approximately six times the cost of the traditional fuel we use in our planes. The cost of biofuels has to be consistently lowered to a level that is competitive with fossil fuel. This can be achieved through innovation, through cooperation and through legislation that stimulates the use of biofuels in aviation.