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- Alaska Airlines is one of the nation's largest airlines.
- Alaska Airlines has taken a number of steps to reduce its fuel usage on flights.
- The airline has a goal of 100% recycling of in-flight waste, but has fallen short of the goal so far.
- Alaska Airlines has been fined by the FAA on several occasions for safety violations.
- Alaska airlines fired its baggage handlers at Seattle-Tacoma airport and outsourced their jobs after their union rejected a contract that would have lowered their pay and benefits.
-- Profile Updated 08/10/2011
About Alaska Airlines
- Alaska Airlines, Inc. is a Seattle-based airline company that operates in the Western United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2009, the airline had a fleet of 110 aircrafts, and its subsidiary Horizon Air Industries operated a fleet of 18 jets and 40 turboprop aircraft.
Contact Alaska Airlines
19300 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188-5304 USA
Phone: (206) 392-5040
According to Greenopia, an environmental group that seeks to create a directory of green businesses, Alaska Airlines is the 3rd most environmentally friendly airline out of 10 major airlines and received a 3 out of 4 “leaf” rating. The rankings are based on six different categories: the availability of carbon offsetting, in-flight recycling, fuel conservation, availability of alternative fuel types, green food options and green building design. Greenopia gathers their information from the airlines’ annual reports.
-- Greenopia, 08/09/2011
On their website, Alaska Airlines has stated their commitment to preserving the environment. The company mentions several initiatives such as the Green Skies Initiative, which seeks to reduce airline pollution, not just green house gases, but also noise, in the northwest region. Some of the ways Alaska Airlines has sought to meet this goal is through new landing technique and shorter more efficient flight paths. In part, the initiative relies on a concept known as required navigation Performance (RNP). RNP means “aircraft can fly a controlled approach and departure path with pinpoint accuracy.” That translates to a shorter flight length when planes are taking off and landing. Alaska Air is the only U.S carrier with a 100% RNP equipped fleet.
-- Alaska Airlines, 08/09/2011
Since 2007, Alaska Airlines has instituted recycling of several materials including aluminum, plastic and paper. However, this capacity to recycle is not available everywhere, but the airline had the goal of extending recycling to 100% of their flights to airports that can accommodate recycling by the end of 2010. Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Air, has had an in-flight recycling program since the 1980s and about 70% of all the food and beverage waste generated in-flight are recycled.
-- Alaska Airlines, 08/09/2011
Alaska Airlines will replace pilot’s in-flight safety manuals with versions uploaded onto Apple Ipads. It is taking this step to promote safety through this new technology, as well as lessening the airlines impact on the environment. Typically pilots are required to each carry their own manuals which can weight up to 25 pounds. The program is expected to pay for itself through saved fuel and printing costs.
-- Alaska Airlines, 05/27/2011
Health and Safety
Alaska Airlines paid $84,500 to the EPA for the improper storage of hazardous materials in an Oregon storehouse.
-- SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle), 07/27/2001
Ethics and Governance
Alaska Airlines recently changed their military baggage policy by increasing the amount of free bags from 3 to 5 for military personnel.
-- Dallas News, 06/10/2011
Health and Safety
The FAA proposed a $500,000 fine against Alaska Airlines in 2006 for the failure to have proper emergency exit lights on a Boeing 737. Alaska Airlines engaged in negotitions with the FAA regarding the fine, which was reduced to $330,000. The FAA also investigated potential lack of lubricants on jackscrews of MD-80 jets operated by Alaska Airlines. The failure of a jackscrew caused the crash of an Alaska Airlines MD-80 in 2000.
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 01/08/2006
in 2000, the FAA proposed a $1 million fine for Alaska Airlines for the failure to properly maintain its planes and for flying jets with inoperative equipment. Many of the deficiencies were uncovered during an audit of the airline's fleet. In addition, 64 Alaska Airlines mechanics stated that management forced them to perform substandard work. The investigations and employees' action followed an Alaska Airlines crash in 2000 that killed 88 people.
-- Los Angeles Times, 12/05/2000
Alaska Airlines received a 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index. This index was created to rank corporations based on the treatment of their LGBT workers, customers and investors.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 07/03/1905
In June 2005, Alaska Airlines outsourced its baggage handling at Seattle-Tacoma airlines, firing 472 unionized workers. The unionized workers had rejected a contract with the airline that would have called for pay and benefit cuts.
-- Seattle Times, 05/14/2005