The global leader in aerospace.
F or 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 leading the way in exploring new aircraft technologies, especially in the area of electric aircraft and propulsion.
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 777X is also being built in the state. Washington also has a rapidly growing space cluster, featuring such visionary firms as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, Kymeta, Spaceflight Industries and SpaceX.
More than 1,400 aerospace-related 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. Washington is the #2 supplier to Aerobus.
Washington’s century of know-how
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 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.
U.S. Commercial Aircraft Production (2018)
The State of U.S. Aerospace
2019 Aerospace Competitive Economics Study
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
Washington’s Largest Aerospace Firms
- Blue Origin
- Aviation Technical Services
- AIM Aerospace
- Exotic Metals
- Janicki Industries
- Korry Electronics
- Collins Aerospace
- Triumph Group
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, call (206) 256-6100 or email one of our aerospace business experts listed below.
Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development, Aerospace Sector – Phone: (206) 256-6103
Amandine Crabtree, Aerospace International Trade Specialist – Phone: (206) 256-6137
Conor Duggan, Business Development Manager, Aerospace – Phone: (206) 256-6116
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