Soaring to new heights.
For more than a century, Washington State has been at the very forefront of innovation in the aviation and aerospace industry, designing and building some of the most advanced and successful commercial and military aircraft, uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) and space exploration vehicles the world has ever seen. Today, the state’s aviation and aerospace industry benefits from a dense ecosystem of innovation and collaboration across sectors.
Washington’s robust supply chain and highly skilled workforce enable companies to produce more revenue, sell more products and services, and generate more profits. The state is consistently ranked at the top of industry rankings for productivity, innovation, workforce and business-friendly tax structure.
- The state’s aerospace industry specializes in aerostructures, composites, advanced materials, aircraft interiors, engineering and tooling, avionics, information and communication technologies, R&D, uncrewed aerial systems, entertainment and navigation systems, and NewSpace.
- With more than 1,300+ aerospace-related companies, Washington’s supply chain is the largest in the United States and the second-largest supplier to Airbus.
- The state has produced more than 32,000 commercial and military aircraft over the last century.
- Every Boeing model that begins and ends with a ‘7’ has been built in Washington. The state is the sole producer of the 737, 767 and 777 as well as the military’s K-46 Pegasus, P-8 Poseidon and Air Force One, based on the 747-8.
- New opportunities involve sustainable aircraft propulsion, NewSpace, Advanced Air Mobility, advanced materials and uncrewed aerial systems.
- 130,000+ workers are employed in Washington’s aviation and aerospace industry.
- Aerospace is a $70 billion industry in Washington State and supports more than 250,000 jobs.
- Washington has ranked #1 nationally in aerospace sales, exports, profits, and employment for more than a decade and exports more aerospace products annually than California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, and Alabama—combined.
- Washington is the second most competitive state in the U.S. for labor, material, energy and construction costs.
An in-depth look.
Building on our century of know-how, Washington continues to be a dominant force in the aviation, aerospace and commercial space sectors. Over the last 100 years, the state’s aerospace industry has led the world in innovation, pushing the envelope in design, engineering, materials and production.
Washington is the birthplace of Boeing, which has spawned a robust supply chain of more than 1,300 companies that manufacture of parts, systems and structures, meeting the needs of every major aircraft manufacturer and airline in the world.
Leveraging its rich history in aerospace and leadership in advanced manufacturing and information technology, Washington is also home to a rapidly growing space cluster, featuring such visionary firms as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, Kymeta, Spaceflight Industries and SpaceX.
Exploring new ideas in sustainable propulsion technologies, composites, uncrewed vehicles and satellites, the state’s commitment to excellence and innovation ensures a steady supply of work for savvy businesses and investors who want to be part of Washington’s extensive supply chain or benefit from its ability to deliver quality products and services worldwide.
To promote innovation and industry growth, the state offers aviation and aerospace companies an array of incentives, including reduced or deferred tax credits and sales and use tax exemptions to encourage sector growth.
The industry is supported by innovative public-private partnerships such as the Center for Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing, Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center 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.
- Blue Origin
- Exotic Metals Forming
- Honeywell Aerospace
- AIM Aerospace
- Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems
- Janicki Industries, Inc.
- Skills, Inc.
- Orion Industries
- Hexcel Corp.
The State of U.S. Aerospace
Aerospace Trade Shows
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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
- Washington Aerospace Research & Training Center
Contact us today!
If you’re an aviation, aerospace or commercial space 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 aviation and aerospace sector, call or email one of our business experts listed below.
Aerospace Sector Team
Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development, Aerospace Sector – Phone: (206) 256-6103
Daniel Tappana, Aerospace Business Development Manager – Phone: (206) 256-6116
Amandine Crabtree, Aerospace International Trade Specialist – Phone: (206) 256-6137
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