Washington is the undisputed center of the commercial aircraft industry in the United States. As of 2011, all commercial aircraft over 100 seats built in the United States are assembled and delivered in Washington State. Even with Boeing’s new plant in South Carolina, 90 percent of aircraft delivered in the U.S. will be assembled in Washington.

Per the Washington State Aerospace Directory, (http://www.wastateaerospace.com/directory.htm) there are over 700 aerospace suppliers in the State of Washington.

Air travel is expected to grow by over 5 percent per year for the next 20 years, and the world’s airlines will purchase nearly 30,000 new jet aircraft with over 100 seats.

A major industry today

In 2010, The Boeing Company delivered 462 aircraft to customers throughout the world, all of which were assembled in the company’s plants in Renton and Everett, Washington. With 787 deliveries and production rate increases for 737s and 777s this number will grow in 2012 and beyond.

Not only is aerospace a large employer, but it also is a very well-paying sector with great career prospects for its workers. About 35 percent of aerospace employment falls under R&D, with thousands of engineers and scientists designing the next generation of aircraft. Thousands of highly skilled production workers bring home paychecks well above average.

Many people in the Boeing workforce are third and fourth generation employees, a testament to the quality and loyalty of the state’s aerospace workforce.

An industry for the future

Aerospace is an outstanding industry for the future economy of Washington. The major airframe producers – Boeing, as well as Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier – all project global increases in travel of at least 5 percent per year, with annual passenger miles nearly tripling over the next 20 years.

To meet this demand for new travel, and to replace aging and inefficient aircraft, airlines will purchase new planes at a rate of nearly 1,500 per year.



Have some fun checking for yourself how aerospace in Washington is doing. Use the links below to see how many planes have been ordered and how many have been delivered.

See how many aircraft have been ordered this year from Boeing.

See how many aircraft have been delivered this year by Boeing.

See how many aircraft have been ordered over the past 6 years from Boeing