Washington State University (WSU) is proud to have Alaska Airlines as a both supporter and partner of the University. Its investments in WSU Athletics, partnership with Bank of America and the WSU Alumni Association through the Alaska Cougar Visa Signature® Card, and title sponsorship of the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow competition have yielded meaningful benefits to both the company and the University.
Alaska and WSU are partners in many more ways. The Airline is the lifeline of the University’s Pullman campus to the rest of the world. WSU students and faculty are aboard Alaska flights each and every day — and not just to and from Pullman. Cougars from all of the WSU campuses across the state use Alaska and its mileage plan partners to further educational and research pursuits around the world.
Through its support of the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow competition, Alaska provide flight credits that allowed over 200 faculty and students to take more than 230 flights to over 40 destinations around the country between 2016 and 2018.
Additionally Alaska Airlines and WSU made history flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).