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.

Composting on our airline

Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the trash is the goal of a new composting effort at Alaska Airlines. Read more.


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.