The Boeing public tour at the Commercial Airplanes factory in Everett, Wash., — known for the past 10 years as The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour — has just surpassed 5 million visitors.
Mike Dunn, recently retired from a 41-year career at Air Canada, was designated as the milestone visitor. He was touring with two friends, Allan MacDonald and Rob Ewing, both retired Canadian government employees, for whom Dunn had purchased tickets. The three were given a personal tour by Boeing tour guide Amanda Holloway.
Jeff Klemann, vice president of Everett Field Operations and Delivery, greeted Dunn, McDonald and Ewing along with others on hand for the tour.
The tour is open seven days a week year-round with the exception of some holidays. It begins and ends at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, located adjacent to the Everett factory, where Boeing builds 747s, 767s, 777s and 787s. Visitors are bused to the factory, where they get the only publicly available opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.
Tours began in 1968 from a building on the Boeing site. It took 39 years to reach 3 million visitors, six more years to reach 4 million and just three more years to get to 5 million.
Ten years ago, Boeing partnered with Snohomish County and the Institute of Flight to include the Future of Flight Aviation Center in the tour. It is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Snohomish County and one of the top attractions in the Seattle area, according to state tourism statistics.
For more information, visit Boeing tours website.
By Dan Ivanis