Alaska Airlines touts environmental record
By Puget Sound Business Journal
Alaska Airlines released a report on its sustainability efforts this week.
Alaska Airlines and sister airline Horizon Air said their recycling efforts saved 230 tons of aluminum last year, which is enough to build three new airplanes.
That's according to parent Alaska Air Group Inc.'s (NYSE: ALK) 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, an 80-page report detailing the company's environmental, economic, social and community sustainability efforts.
Alaska Airlines said it's missed some goals, such as reducing its costs per available seat mile to 7.5 cents, reducing its lost-time injury rate (which increased 4 percent), increasing employee engagement, and increasing diversity of its leadership.
But the airline said it's on track for many of its goals, such as increasing in-flight recycling efforts, growing its capacity, increasing its return on invested capital, improving customer satisfaction scores, adding to its pension funds, and increasing philanthropic efforts.
The company also released a graphic highlighting 10 ways the airline is working to reduce its environmental impact including experimenting with biofuels, planning more efficient flights to reduce carbon emissions and eliminating excess weight from planes to improve fuel efficiency.
Together, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employ about 13,000 people who earn almost $1 billion annually in wages and benefits.
If you are commenting using a Facebook account, your profile information may be displayed with your comment depending on your privacy settings. By leaving the 'Post to Facebook' box selected, your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below.