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Logging Leftovers fule Alaska Airlines’ test flight

11/16/16 Mother Nature Network

In the five years since Dutch carrier KLM first shuttled 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris in a Boeing 737 fueled by used cooking oil, an impressive number of passenger-carrying commercial aircraft across the world have taken flight with an emissions-decreasing assist from alternative jet fuel derived from algae, plant byproducts, agricultural waste oils and other forms of organic matter.

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The plane powered by waste wood

11/15/16 BBC

This week an Alaska Airlines plane flew from Seattle to Washington. Nothing extraordinary there. Except for the fuel. This was the first commercial flight made using fuel from residual waste from wood. It’s the result of a five-year project developed by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance. Newsday heard from one of the scientists involved in the project – Professor Michael Wolcott of Washington State University.

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ICM: Flight powered by biofuel made from forest residuals

11/15/16 Biomass magazine

ICM Inc. is proud to have contributed to the successful production of renewable biojet fuel from woody biomass used on a commercial Alaska Airlines flight Nov. 14 as part of the USDA-sponsored Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project. Renewable biojet fuel represents another product that is reducing the carbon footprint of transportation fuels in the United States and around the world.

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Vilsack greets first wood-to-jet fuel commercial flight

11/15/16 Feedstuffs

On Monday, Alaska Airlines landed the first commercial flight powered in part by a new renewable fuel made of wood waste salvaged from private lands in Washington, Oregon and Montana.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack greeted the passengers for flight AS-4 arriving from Seattle, Wash., at Washington Reagan National Airport to highlight this breakthrough in bioenergy that supports jobs and rural economies by developing a sustainable bio-products industry in the Pacific Northwest utilizing wood harvest left-overs that would otherwise go …more

Forest fuel: Alaska Airlines completes first wood-powered commercial flight

11/15/16 RT

Alaska Airlines used a renewable jet fuel with a 20-percent blend of forest residuals, such as tree branches, to power a flight from Seattle to Washington, DC,, marking the first commercial flight to do so.

The tree branches and limbs used to make the alternative-fuel blend were collected after “the harvesting of managed forests” in the Pacific Northwest, according to Alaska Airlines. The jet …more

USDA, partners celebrate first woo-to-biojet commercial flight

11/15/16 American Journal of Trasportation

USDA and a Washington State University-led alliance support sustainable jobs in Pacific Northwest

WASHINGTON – Alaska Airlines today landed the first commercial flight powered in part by a new renewable fuel made of wood waste salvaged from private lands in Washington, Oregon and Montana. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack greeted the passengers for flight AS-4 arriving from Seattle at Washington Reagan National Airport to highlight this breakthrough in bioenergy that supports jobs and rural …more

First biofuel-powered flight takes off

11/15/16 US Daily Review

Washington state-based Alaska Airlines today made history flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).

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Alaska Airlines flies first commercial flight with new biofuel made from forest residuals

11/14/16 Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines made history today flying the world’s first commercial flight using a new sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest – the limbs, stumps and branches that are left over after a timber harvest or forest thinning of managed forests on private land.

The flight departed this morning from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., powered by a 20 percent blend of the new, sustainable biofuel sourced …more

USDA, Partners celebrate first wood-to-biojet-fuel commercial flight

11/14/16 USDA Press release
USDA, Partners Celebrate First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight

USDA and a Washington State University-Led Alliance Support Sustainable Jobs in Pacific Northwest

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2016 – Alaska Airlines today landed the first commercial flight powered in part by a new renewable fuel made of wood waste salvaged from private lands in Washington, Oregon and Montana. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack greeted the passengers for flight AS-4 arriving from Seattle at Washington Reagan National Airport to highlight this …more