Alaska Airlines has announced a deal with Hawaii BioEnergy for the purchase of biofuel for aircraft use. The airline is scheduled to begin using the biofuel on its Hawaiian flights beginning in the fall 2018, subject to regulatory approval.
Alaska Airlines currently operates over 160 flights per week to Hawaii including non-stop flights to four Hawaiian islands from eight West Coast cities.
The raw material for the biofuel will be woody biomass-based and grown on Hawaiian farmland.
Hawaii BioEnergy is a consortium of three of the largest landowners in Hawaii and three venture capital companies for the production of biofuel using locally grown feedstocks.
In 2011, Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, became the first US carriers to operate multiple biofuel-blend powered passenger flights.