Alaska Airlines has made a historic flight journey, sending a plane across the country this week that was powered by a 20 percent blend of sustainable aviation biofuel.
The alternative jet fuel was made with the discarded limbs and branches off trees that were trimmed in areas where the forests are managed. The sustainable fuel is reportedly “chemically indistinguishable” from regular jet fuel.
If this fuel could be utilized regularly it could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by massive proportions.
Joe Sprague, the senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines released a statement about the move.
“This latest milestone in Alaska’s efforts to promote sustainable biofuels is especially exciting since it is uniquely sourced from the forest residuals in the Pacific Northwest. NARA’s accomplishments and the investment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provide another key in helping Alaska Airlines and the aviation industry reduce its carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels.”