Sustainability overview

To the people of Alaska Airlines, the Pacific Northwest is so much more than a destination--it’s where we live, where we grew up, and where we play. Because of this, we are motivated to keep it pristine, and have chosen to take on sustainability enhancements that are important to the environment, our communities, and the advancement of the airline industry.

Sustainability at Alaska Airlines

Our objective is to be one of the most respected U.S. airlines by our customers, employees, and shareholders. We believe our success depends on our ability to provide safe air transportation, develop relationships with customers by providing exceptional customer service and low fares, and maintain a competitive cost structure to compete effectively. It is important to us that we achieve our objective as a socially responsible company that values not just our performance, but also our people, our community, and our environment.

While aircraft and technology enable us to provide air transportation, we recognize this is fundamentally a business about people. Our employees maintain and strengthen our relationships with our customers, and our success depends on our employees working together to successfully execute on our strategy.

Alaska Airlines Partners with Boeing and the Port of Seattle on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport

The Alaska Airlines, the Port of Seattle and Boeing are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first U.S. airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner. Read more.


Alaska Airlines Rated Most Fuel Efficient U.S. Carrier for Fifth Year in a Row

Alaska Airlines ranked No. 1 in fuel efficiency for U.S. airlines, in a report released recently by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), an independent, nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. This is the fifth year in a row that Alaska has ranked No. 1. Alaska led all 13 major U.S. carriers as the most fuel-efficient airline operating in the United States in 2014, outperforming the least fuel-efficient carrier by 25 percent. Read more.


Report Shows Benefits of “Greener Skies” approaches at Sea-Tac Airport

Alaska Airlines is on track to save 87 gallons of fuel, shorten flight times by about nine minutes and reduce carbon emissions by nearly 1 metric ton, every time one of its planes land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport using new, operations-enhancing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures. That's the equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide produced from driving about 1,800 miles in a passenger car, according to a new Boeing Company report. The benefits are about 28 percent greater than what was initially projected in 2010. Read more.


Alaska Airlines, WSU Partner to Advance Use of Aviation Biofuels

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.

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. Read more.