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Alaska Airlines Pioneers Sustainable Flight with NASA and Boeing



In a groundbreaking partnership, Alaska Airlines has joined forces with NASA and Boeing for the cutting-edge Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD) program. The airline's active involvement in developing the X-66A aircraft marks a significant step towards revolutionizing aviation's environmental impact.


The X-66A's revolutionary Transonic Truss-Braced Wing configuration is projected to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by an impressive 30% when compared to conventional aircraft with long, slender wings. This ambitious project marks the first time an X-plane is dedicated to achieving the goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation industry.


Diana Birkett Rakow, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Alaska Airlines, expressed the airline's commitment to addressing the challenging task of decarbonizing aviation. "Our aim is to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040, but we recognize that it requires collaborative efforts," she stated. "Working alongside visionaries like NASA and Boeing allows us to drive innovation in aviation sustainability."


As a partner, Alaska Airlines will play a crucial role in providing valuable insights into the X-66A's operational efficiency, maintenance requirements, handling characteristics, and airport adaptability. By collaborating with the leading pioneers of aerospace technology, the airline is dedicated to shaping the next generation of environmentally friendly commercial aircraft.


The historic X-plane program, with its legacy of pushing boundaries, has contributed to numerous aviation milestones, from supersonic flight to space exploration. Pasha Saleh, Director of Corporate Development and Alaska's representative in the SFD program, remarked, "It's an honor to be part of the development of the next chapter in aviation history – creating a greener, more sustainable future for air travel."


Alaska Airlines' forward-thinking commitment to sustainable flight is an inspiring example of how the aviation industry is uniting to tackle the pressing environmental challenges. By leveraging innovation and collaboration, Alaska Airlines, NASA, and Boeing are setting new standards for greener skies and a brighter future for aviation.


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