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PORTLAND, ORE. (April 10, 2013) – Alaska Air Group receives 2012 Port of Portland Compass Award

Alaska Air Group has been named as the Port of Portland’s 2012 Compass Award recipient.

The award, presented at the Port’s annual “Gateway to the Globe” meeting, recognizes the contributions of community individuals and entities that have demonstrated exceptional support for the Port of Portland.  Compass Award recipients serve as civic and/or corporate role models through their outstanding contributions to the Port and the communities it serves.  Recipients can be recognized for overall support of the Port’s strategic mission or any of Port’s individual business units including aviation, marine, environmental affairs, properties and business development.

Operating out of PDX since 1979, Alaska Air Group carries more Portland International Airport travelers than any other airline serving the Port and has shown true innovation and leadership in sustainable practices. The company was a pioneer in programs such as on-board recycling, fuel-efficient aircraft, performance-based navigation, efficient in-flight and ground operations, as well as more efficient and alternative energy use and waste minimization programs at all of its airline facilities. Most recently, Alaska Air Group joined with the Port and other partners in pioneering research in aviation biofuels.

“Not only is Alaska, along with its sister airline Horizon, PDX’s largest carrier—accommodating more than 5.4 million PDX passengers per year to 37 nonstop destinations, it is also an airline that has shown tireless commitment to our region’s sustainable growth and prosperity,” said Commission President Jim Carter in presenting the award. “Everything from expanding existing service like the new route to Washington National to collaborating with us on key sustainability initiatives, Alaska has been a great partner to the Port and a true asset to the communities we serve.”

More than 400 business leaders, elected officials and community stakeholders attended this year’s Gateway to the Globe event which provides annual updates on Port activities, challenges and opportunities. This year’s keynote speaker was Lorrie Vogel general manager of Nike’s sustainable product research and discovery team.

Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061

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