History of Innovation
Greater Seattle leads the way in commercial aerospace innovation with a rich ecosystem of companies and talent that has evolved over more than a century of research, development and manufacturing. This pioneering spirit nurtures an environment at the intersection of aerospace and technology unlike anywhere else on Earth.
- The Aerospace industry generates an average Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $29B and 270,000 supported jobs in Greater Seattle (Source: Lightcast, 2023).
- The Technology industry generates an average Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $104B and 1.2M supported jobs in Greater Seattle (Source: Lightcast, 2023).
Strength in Numbers
From Boeing to Blue Origin, our pioneering spirit has revolutionized commercial air travel, space exploration and satellite communications.
- Greater Seattle is home to 900+ aerospace-related companies employing 95,000 people.
- Washington State is home to 1,300+ aerospace-related companies employing 136,000+ people.
The Talent to Take Flight
The metropolitan area of Greater Seattle has the highest employment level in Aerospace Engineers in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May, 2020). A number of key programs continue to bolster the talent pipeline.
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) provides apprenticeships and cutting-edge curriculum for the aerospace and advanced manufacturing workforce.
The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing is a statewide source representing the interests of the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry, and labor partners, within the Washington State Community and Technical College system.
The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is consistently ranked among the top computer science programs in the nation.
The University of Washington’s William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics offers the only aerospace degree program in the Pacific Northwest.
The University of Washington’s College of Engineering is a national leader in educating engineers and each year turns out new discoveries, inventions and top-flight graduates.
Located in Everett, the Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center offers five specialty programs that meet the demands of the fast-paced aerospace industry.
The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, a collaboration between the University of Washington and Washington State University, is working on aviation biofuels, and the development of sustainable aviation.
Sustainable Innovation for the Future
From maximizing in-flight efficiency with artificial intelligence to the development of new energy sources for rocket propulsion, Greater Seattle companies are engineering new solutions to tackle the world's most difficult challenges.
Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program accelerates innovation by taking promising technologies out of the lab and testing them in the air to solve real-world challenges for airlines, passengers and the environment. For their 2021 program, Boeing is partnering with Alaska Airlines and using new 737-9s to test approximately 20 projects.
Investing in Emerging Technologies
Alaska Star Ventures is Alaska Airlines' new venture capital arm that is investing in cutting-edge airline technologies with a strong focus on sustainability and a target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
Hydrogen-electric Powertrain Propulsion
ZeroAvia has developed the leading hydrogen-electric powertrain propulsion technology for aviation, and it will leverage its $5.5 million refurbishment budget to occupy facilities and prepare the site for their launch team of 20 design and software engineers supporting important strands of its development of the ZA2000 powertrain for a De Havilland DHC-8-400 (Q400) aircraft in conjunction with Alaska Airlines.
Greater Seattle-based AeroTEC and magniX recently joined Universal Hydrogen and Plug Power in announcing the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center in Washington State, cementing the region as a leader in decarbonizing aviation.
Alternative Jet Fuels
Co-led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ASCENT – the Aviation Sustainability Center – is a cooperative aviation research organization funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, Transport Canada, and the Environmental Protection Agency. ASCENT works to create science-based solutions for the aviation industry’s biggest challenges.
We've Got Connections
Greater Seattle is a major transportation and logistics hub with three deep water ports and a top 10 international airport that is the closest West Coast gateway to Europe and Asia.
SeaTac International Arrivals Facility
The new, expanded International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the most complex capital development program in the history of the 71-year-old airport. It will significantly enhance the international passenger experience, advance the Puget Sound region as a leading tourism and business gateway, and serve the traveling public well into the future.
The all-new Passenger Terminal at Paine Field in Everett (PAE) offers travelers from Seattle and Northwest Washington a time-saving choice for commercial air flights throughout the western U.S. The terminal's ease of use and close proximity to the Port of Everett, the I-5 interstate and available industrial land makes it an ideal choice for leading aerospace companies.
Greater Seattle is home to three deep water ports, and the fifth-largest container gateway in North America. This robust supply chain helps to deliver more than $30 Billion in aerospace exports around the world. (WiserTrade, 2018)
Boeing in Washington
The Boeing Company began in Washington more than a century ago and today it is one of the largest private employers in the state, with nearly half of its global workforce located in the Puget Sound. Boeing has major facilities located in Everett, Renton, Auburn, Frederickson and beyond. The Frederickson manufacturing plant in Pierce County builds the tails for the 787 jets and 777X, and wing structures for its other airlines.
Take a look at some of the leading aerospace companies in Greater Seattle.Download