Alaska Airlines Signs Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

August 3, 2022

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Alaska Airlines Finalizes Agreement to Purchase 185 Million Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Over 5 Years

Alaska Airlines has finalized an agreement with biofuel company Gevo Inc. to purchase 185 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over the next five years. The alliance was formed in collaboration with other members of the oneworld Alliance.

Alaska Airlines has announced that it plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. The airline has laid out a five-part path to get there, with the largest opportunities for decarbonization coming from sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and electric or hybrid-electric aircraft.

Alaska has been working for over a decade to develop and use SAF, and hopes that this will be a major part of its plan to achieve carbon neutrality.

"Using sustainable aviation fuel is a significant part of Alaska's five-part path to reach net zero carbon emissions, and alongside others in the oneworld alliance, we are committed to creating a more sustainable future for aviation," said Diana Birkett Rakow, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability at Alaska Airlines. "SAF is the most immediate path we have toward decarbonization of aviation, but we recognize there is significant work required ahead – including public policy action – to make SAF a viable, affordable option at scale."

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In 2016, Alaska Airlines and Gevo teamed up to fly the world's first commercial flight using forest residuals. These residuals, also known as SAF, are a 20% blend of wood waste and aviation fuel. Alaska Airlines is now using SAF in its operations in California.

The airline is also working with multiple producers and other partners to use and facilitate the development of additional SAF supply in the future. This innovative partnership is helping to reduce aviation's impact on the environment.

"Alaska is proud to play a role in advancing this critical market for sustainable aviation fuels," said Ann Ardizzone, vice present of supply chain at Alaska Airlines. "Making SAF commercially viable at scale requires strong partners and action on all fronts. We appreciate the partnership of suppliers like Gevo in tackling this challenge."

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