17 November 2016 – On November 14th, Alaska Airlines flew the first commercial demonstration flight on a 20% forest residual-based sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) produced by Gevo, Inc. Departing from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and landing at Reagan National Airport, the 1,080 gallons of Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) fuel used on the flight was made possible through efforts from the Washington State University (WSU) led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, which supplied the forest residuals to Gevo who produced the SAJF.
Alaska Airlines says it could reduce its overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 142,000 metric tons if it replaced 20% of its overall fuel supply at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with SAJF. Gevo and Alaska Airlines also flew two other successful ATJ SAJF fueled flights earlier this year on corn-based SAJF.
For more information on the Gevo/Alaska Airlines forest residue-based SAJF demonstration flight, refer to the Gevo press release and the WSU news story.