Alaska Airlines and Finnish firm Neste have signed a memorandum of understanding to design, develop and implement solutions for the adoption of renewable fuels across the airline industry.
The joint effort will expand the use of sustainable aviation fuels on Alaska aircraft and help the passenger carrier to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.
Additionally, the collaboration will focus on decreasing turbine emissions and inform about other performance and operational benefits.
The partners believe that cooperation within the industry and with key partners will help create the ‘lift’ necessary to help move aviation in the right direction.
Neste renewable products business area executive vice-president Kaisa Hietala said: “We are forerunners in the area of renewable fuels: Neste as a producer, and Alaska as a pioneer in the testing of renewable jet fuel on commercial flights.
“By working together, we will find the best solutions to secure the success in reaching Alaska’s goal to ‘fly greener’.”
Alaska is adopting targets to mitigate CO2 emissions from air transport in collaboration with other airline partners.
Alaska Airlines Sustainability director Kirk Myers said: “At Alaska Airlines, we strive to fly true, true to our values, and true to the beautiful places and communities we fly to.
“We are proud to partner with Neste, the world leader in the production and advancement of renewable jet fuels, to support these efforts to fly more sustainably. This collaboration is another major step toward supporting the health of our communities and ecosystems.”
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million passengers a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the US to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.