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Blue Skies Turn Green

Alaska Airlines made history today by taking to the skies with the first alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) manufactured from sustainable U.S. Corn.

Using GEVO, Inc. fuel, two flights departed Seattle, destined for San Francisco International Airport and Ronal Reagan Washington National Airport.

"Alaska is committed to doing its part to reduce its carbon emissions." said Joseph Sprague, Alaska Airlines' senior vice president of communications and external relations.

Obviously this is a small step in the fight to use biofuel, but Alaska Airlines is striving to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions substantially and with a predicted 20% reduction across their fleet at Sea-Tac Airport, the result would be the equivalent to removing 30,000 vehicles from the nations streets for a year.

"Gevo's jet fuel product is an important step forward, in that it has the potential to be scalable and cost effective, without sacrificing performance." Added Sprague.

Having been the first airline to fly on biofuel derived from used cooking oil in 2011, Alaska Airlines is now a leader in renewable energy flight. Their target to be a solely biofuel airline by 2020 is ambitious, but a step in the right direction to a healthier planet and a sustainable transport industry.

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