The global leader in aerospace.
For more than a century, Washington State has been at the very forefront of innovation in the aerospace industry, designing and building some of the most advanced and successful commercial and military aircraft, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and space exploration vehicles the world has ever seen.
Building on our century of know-how, Washington continues to be a dominant force in the aviation and space industry. Our 136,100 highly-skilled workers produce 1,400 aircraft and unmanned aerial systems annually, manufacturing nearly 90% of all commercial aircraft in the United States.
The state is anchored by Boeing, which was founded on the shores of Seattle’s Lake Union in 1916. In the ensuing years, the company has turned out tens of thousands of aircraft from its Washington factories – including every 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 ever built, plus the vast majority of 787 Dreamliners. The next generation 737 MAX and 777X are also being built in the state. Washington also has a rapidly growing space cluster, featuring such visionary firms as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, Spaceflight Industries, SpaceX and Vulcan Aerospace.
More than 1,400 companies benefit from this dense ecosystem of innovation and invention, serving as the supply chain for every major aircraft manufacturer and air carrier in the world.
Total Commercial Aircraft Production (2016)
Compelling reasons to choose Washington.
Decades of orders and new programs ensure a steady supply of work for savvy businesses and investors who want to be part of Washington’s world-class supply chain.
To promote innovation and industry growth, the state offers aviation and space companies an array of incentives, including reduced tax credits for preproduction development expenditures and property/leasehold taxes paid, sales and use tax exemptions for computer hardware and software, and construction of new facilities used to manufacture commercial airplanes, fuselages and wings.
The industry is supported by innovative public-private partnerships, such as the Center for Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing, Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation. An emphasis on training and education ensures a steady stream of highly trained specialists in avionics, robotics, logistics, production, interiors and advanced materials. Research and development at the state’s major universities as well as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory drives additional innovation and invention in the sector.
Workforce Training Resources
- Washington Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Advisory Committee
- Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Materials Manufacturing
- University of Washington’s William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Aerospace Curriculum Alignment Team (ACAT)
- Aerospace JointApprenticeship Committee
- Air Washington
- Washington Aerospace Research & Training Center
Contact us today!
If you’re an aerospace company that wants to soar to new heights, you’ll want to put Washington State on your radar. We have a talented team of business experts to help you maximize your potential in Washington, whether you’re looking to add more production capacity, invest in an established business, expand your company or find new partners in the most sophisticated and advanced aerospace supply chain in the world. To find out more about Washington State’s booming aerospace sector and how you can do business with us, call (206) 256-6100 or email one of our aerospace business experts listed below.
Phone: (206) 256-6100
Aerospace Sector Team
John Thornquist, Director, Office of Aerospace - Phone: (206) 256-6103
Isabelle DeWulf, Aerospace Business Development Manager, International Trade Team - Phone: (206) 256-6143