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For a second year in a row, we’ve been ranked No. 1 for North American aviation on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). We also received top scores for corporate governance and efficiency. But what does this really mean? It means we take our commitment to flying greener seriously. From the millions of gallons of fuel we save to the tiny plastic straws we eliminate, it all matters. We also strive… Read More

With more than 1,200 flights transporting more than 130,000 passengers every day, we are conscious of our environmental footprint. We’re always looking for ways to reduce the burden we place on the planet from eliminating plastic straws on our flights to partnering with Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels. But it’s hard to wrap your head around tens of millions of tiny straws or visualize millions of gallons of fuel. The… Read More

By Jacqueline Drumheller, sustainability manager These days, most 16-year-olds are focused on getting their driver’s licenses, playing Fortnite or deciding who they want to ask to prom, but Shelby O’Neil isn’t your average teenager. She’s a Girl Scout who created Jr Ocean Guardians for her 2017 Girl Scout USA Gold Award Project to share her passion to save our oceans and marine life for future generations. Shelby reached out to Alaska Airlines… Read More

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For the past four years, in rain, sleet and even snow, Alaska Airlines avionics technician Shannon Barry has been an “alternative commuter” in the purest sense.

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Have you ever heard what sounds like dogs barking as your Virgin America flight taxis to the gate after landing? No, it’s not a pack of hounds loose in the cargo hold (Virgin America, by the way, does not transport pets in cargo). What you’re hearing is the sound of the aircraft equalizing hydraulic pressure as the pilots use just one engine to taxi to the gate.  Single-engine taxiing is another way… Read More