Alaska Airlines to Advance Use of Sustainable Biofuel
Alaska Airlines said it would begin to purchase sustainable biofuel for use in its aircraft from Hawaii BioEnergy.
The raw material for the biofuel will likely be woody biomass-based and will be produced on local Hawaiian farmland. Production of the biofuel will be ramped up for use by the airline in 2018. Alaska Airlines will first use the fuel for its Hawaiian flights.
Alaska Airlines currently has more than 160 flights week to Hawaii, with nonstop service to four Hawaiian islands from eight cities on the West Coast.
Hawaii BioEnergy was founded in 2006 and currently has a contract with Hawaiian Electric Co for 10 million gallons (37.85 billion liters) of biofuel a year. Alaska Airlines is the energy consortium’s second customer and first airline.
In 2011, Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier Horizon Air became the first domestic airlines to fly multiple biofuel-powered passenger flights.
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