Alaska Airlines and regional carrier Horizon Air recycled 800 tons of inflight waste last year, according to its just released Sustainability Report.
Breaking down that 800 tons, about 230 tons was aluminum (enough to build three aircraft) and 185 tons was paper (equivalent of 3,100 trees).
Here's another interest fact: flight attendants recycled 91% of all paper, plastic, aluminum and glass from Horizon flights and 49% from Alaska flights. Way to go Horizon flight attendants! (You can only imagine that Alaska flights will recycle even more next year based on this percentage difference--but still, both are making a difference.) Seriously, way to go.
The airlines also reduced their carbon emissions by 30%. This is good for the environment, obviously, but also money-saving since airplanes burned less fuel.
J.D. Power and Associates, like Aviation Week, owned by McGraw-Hill, ranked Alaska Air Group first in customer satisfaction in its North American Airlines Satisfaction Study five years in a row (2008-2012). Are sustainability practices in any way linked?