Alaska plans 75 biofuel flights during the next several weeks

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Alaska Air Group on 9 November plans to launch the beginning of an initiative to operate 75 commercial passenger flights during the next several weeks powered in part by biofuels.

The carrier stated two maiden flights will depart from its Seattle, Washington base to Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon. During the programme Alaska and sister airline Horizon air are operating select flights in those markets using a 20% biofuel blend made from used cooking oil that meets international safety and sustainability standards, said Alaska.

Aviation biofuels broker SkyNRG is supplying the biofuel blend, which was produced by Dynamic Fuels - a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum.

The 75 flights that Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will fly over the next few weeks reflect our long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and our belief that sustainable biofuels are key to aviation's future," said Alaska Air Group CEO Bill Ayer.