UP.Partners | October 19, 2021
Alaska Airlines announced the formation of a new LLC, Alaska Star Ventures, to advance emerging technology that will accelerate the airline's progress toward net zero carbon emissions.
"To live our purpose and create an airline people love, we must operate every day in a way that cares for both people and the environment, To do that, we are seeking technologies that will accelerate our mission to build a more sustainable future for the aviation industry."
- Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci.
For the inaugural investment by Alaska Star Ventures, the company partnered with UP.Partners, an early-stage investor in sustainable, multi-dimensional mobility technologies that are transforming the moving world.
"The future of aviation is a collaborative effort between founders, funders, builders and key stakeholders - like Alaska Airlines, With transportation as the underlying fabric of society, selective and values-driven investments that move the industry toward sustainable aviation are key. We're proud to partner with such a mission-aligned group that is launching today: Alaska Star Ventures."
- Cyrus Sigari, UP.Partners' co-founder and managing partner.
"We're proud of our ambitious targets and our legacy of being pioneers, but we also know we can't fundamentally decarbonize and achieve net zero carbon emissions alone, That's why we're focused on discovering, partnering with, and enabling technologies that will allow us to take real and meaningful steps on our five-part path to net zero now and in the years ahead. We're thrilled to partner with UP.Partners on our first project and are fortunate to have aviation veteran Pasha Saleh leading corporate development to successfully launch and grow this initiative."
- Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines' vice president of public affairs and sustainability.
Alaska announced in April its commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040 with a five-part strategy to decarbonize. Alaska's deployment of Flyways, artificial intelligence and machine learning software that supports our dispatchers' route optimization efforts, inspired the pursuit of additional technologies to accelerate our path to net zero and enable efforts of Alaska employees across our system.
The company's commitments to reduce its impact on carbon, waste and water build on a track record of progress in environmental sustainability including industry-leading onboard recycling, eliminating plastic straws and stir sticks, enabling touchless and paper-less guest experiences through technology, advancing the use of sustainable aviation fuels, and partnering with the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program to evaluate and test sustainability-focused technology.
About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners serve more than 120 destinations across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. The airline emphasizes Next-Level Care for its guests, along with providing low fares, award-winning customer service and sustainability efforts. Alaska is a member of oneworld. With the global alliance and the airline's additional partners, guests can travel to more than 1,000 destinations on more than 20 airlines while earning and redeeming miles on flights to locations around the world.
Transportation is the underlying fabric of society. UP.Partners invests in the key enabling technologies that help move people and cleaner, faster, safer, and cheaper – in a multi-dimensional world. We partner with some of the world's most innovative investors and companies – including Alaska Airlines, Ark Invest, Boeing, Honeywell, Sixt and Toyota subsidiary Woven Capital – and via the UP.Summit convene the mobility community's brightest minds each year to make these dreams a reality. Together we are transforming the moving world.
the Ontario International Airport Authority | December 28, 2021
Getting to and from Ontario International Airport (ONT) is even easier now with the addition of Uber to the airport's transportation network program, airport and ride-app company officials announced.
"We are pleased to welcome Uber to Ontario International just in time for the busy holiday travel period, More and more travelers are discovering how convenient and hassle-free ONT is for nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. As the population in the Inland Empire grows, we want to offer as many options as possible for accessing our airport."
-ONT's Chief Commercial Officer Daniel F. Cappell
Passengers arriving at the airport via ride-app services are dropped curbside at their passenger terminal. Passengers arriving by air can use a mobile app upon arrival to request a ride then follow the 'Ride-Share Pick-Up Location" signs to the east end of each terminal's inner curb.
Uber joins Lyft, Wingz and Opoli to become the fourth ride-app company offering transportation to and from the popular and rapidly growing Southern California gateway.
ONT's Cell Phone Waiting Lot is conveniently located on airport property at 3350 John Bangs Drive. The Cellphone Lot has 35 spaces (plus 3 ADA spaces) and is free for up to one hour.
Motorists using private vehicles to access the airport can tune 620 on their AM car radio for ONT AirRadio which provides driving directions, airline terminal locations and parking information.
About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan.
About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).
JetClub | June 22, 2021
Europe's first light jet fractional ownership brand, JetClub, a sister organization of Jet It USA, has affirmed the addition of the Bye Aerospace electric eFlyer 800 to its armada, denoting a momentous milestone in sustainability for the aviation industry. A 7-traveler, all electric, twin turboprop aircraft, the eFlyer 800 offers a maintainable method of movement that accommodates fundamental business travel with worries about environmental change.
JetClub CEO & Co-Founder, Vishal Hiremath commented: "Sustainability is at the core of the JetClub and Jet It philosophy. I want to be clear. Aviation is necessary for us to connect, to travel, to explore and to understand. When we travel and learn about each other, we become better versions of ourselves. Travel is truly the best education. Only aviation has made this possible. When we can do this with 100% clean air and zero emissions, it is a win-win for us and the environment. With the addition of the eFlyer 800 to our fleet, we take a leap forward in our sustainability goals without compromising on business travel and economic development."
Scheduled to be in activity by 2025, the eFlyer situates up to seven travelers and a couple of pilots. The eFlyer 800 will have zero emanations and only one-fifth the working expenses of traditional twin turboprops and is designed for private ownership, air-taxi, air-cargo, and charter flights.
JetClub, A Maltese company, and a sister company of US based Jet It, is a fractional ownership business aviation company with an affordable and transparent solution. Owners purchase a share in a JetClub HondaJet and have access to the jet for days at a time. JetClub has a dedicated concierge team for its clients.
About Bye Aerospace
Based at Centennial Airport near Denver, Colorado, Bye Aerospace specializes in the design and manufacture of electric aircraft, including the eFlyer family of aircraft. Bye Aerospace was founded by George E. Bye, who is also the Chairman and CEO.