Pacific Northwest commuter airline start-up lays claim to becoming America's first green airline
SeaPort Airlines' Pilatus PC-12
Fri 29 Aug 2008 – SeaPort Airlines, a new commuter airline offering scheduled flights between Seattle and Portland, has chosen highly fuel-efficient Pilatus PC-12 turboprops for its operations and has also committed to fully offset the emissions of the jet fuel the airline burns through a partnership with the Columbia Land Trust and its Working Forest Initiative that will help preserve forest land in the Pacific Northwest.
Seaport says its three-strong fleet of PC-12s, which carry two flight crew and up to nine passengers, use an average of just 51 gallons (193 litres) of jet fuel on the 186-mile (300km) flight segment.
“By operating one of the most efficient aircraft in commercial aviation, not only are we able to control our jet fuel costs, but we’re also able to go one step further and mitigate the environmental impact of our fuel consumption,” said Kent Craford, SeaPort Airlines’ CEO.
“We wanted to put that money into an environmental project that is local, tangible and provides a long-term benefit to the Pacific Northwest. In the Columbia Land Trust, we’ve found an organization doing just that.”
The Vancouver, Washington-based Columbia Land Trust uses financial contributions from private donors to identify priority conservation lands to purchase with significant scenic, recreation or habitat qualities. It works with willing land owners to find ways to permanently conserve the scenic and natural values of the land and water.