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Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG sign partnership to advance SAF

In the United States (US) Alaska Airlines Inc and SkyNRG Americas Inc, a subsidiary of the Netherlands-headed sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) aggregator and supplier SkyNRG BV, have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to increased investment in SAF. The MoU builds on a long history of Alaska leadership advancing SAF and partners the airline with the global SAF pioneers at SkyNRG Americas.

Alaska Airlines Inc and SkyNRG Americas Inc have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to increased investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) including the development of dedicated SAF production facilities to supply Western US airports (photo courtesy SkyNRG).

Under the MoU, SkyNRG Americas will initially focus on the development of dedicated SAF production facilities to supply Western US airports. These facilities will use commercially available technologies that enable the use of municipal solid waste (MSW) and other waste-based inputs as feedstocks, as well as incorporating green hydrogen and renewable energy for minimizing carbon intensity.

Beyond the focus of building out SAF production capacity, SkyNRG Americas and Alaska Airlines will continue to build awareness and understanding of SAF technologies, and advocate for public policies to accelerate the development of the SAF industry and infrastructure.

This is a critical next step in our long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions and our impact on the planet. We have been working for more than a decade to advance SAF technology and viability, and we’re excited to work with SkyNRG’s strong and experienced team to advance truly sustainable production of SAF, develop supply in the Pacific Northwest, and engage partners for a commercially viable and scalable future for sustainable fuels, said Diana Birkett Rakow, VP Public Affairs & Sustainability for Alaska Airlines.

This collaboration builds on the Alaska-Microsoft partnership announced in October 2020, aiming to use SAF to offset Microsoft employee travel between Seattle and San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles.

We are thrilled to collaborate with Alaska Airlines for the production of sustainable fuels. Alaska Airlines is already one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the U.S., and an ideal partner not only to support SAF demand but also to help drive necessary policy changes that will encourage the development of the SAF industry across the Pacific Northwest and the nation as a whole, said John Plaza, CEO of SkyNRG Americas.

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