The largest building in the world is the sprawling Boeing Everett Factory in Washington State near Seattle. Visiting one of the largest and most advanced factories in the world is educational as well as an unusual activity to enjoy while on holiday. Visitors to Boeing Everett Factory can learn about the cutting-edge innovation of Boeing that produces around half of the world's large commercial jets.
It's not just Boeing offering factory tours of its factories. Ford is another of America's leading car companies that led the world with standardization and the assembly line in the early dates of the automobile that made cars affordable for the average American. Today the Ford Rouge Factory is also open for tours for those visiting Detroit in the heart of America's Rust Belt.
Seattle's Boeing Everett Factory - The World's Largest Factory
The Boeing Everett Factory was built in 1967 to build the venerable Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet) and has been expanded multiple times to build other aircraft like the 767, the 777, and the 787 (Dreamliner). The last Boeing 747 is scheduled to be built in 2022 (as a freighter version, not a passenger version). Very large double-decker aircraft like the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 are not economical and are now out of production.
The 787 Dreamliner is no longer built in the Boeing Everett Factory as a result of cost-cutting measures in the wake of the pandemic. Now the innovative Dreamliner is built only at Boeing's factory in South Carolina (not all of Boeing's operations are in Washington State).
- Built: 1967 (Expanded Multiple Times)
- Largest Building: By Volume
- Volume: 13,385,378 m3 (472,370,319 cu ft)
- Employees: Over 30,000
The world's largest airplane factory may not be something that most would think of as a tourist destination. But Boeing has been offering factory tours since it rolled out its first 747 Jumbo Jet in 1968.
Attractions & Exhibits At The Boeing Everett Factory
Visitors can explore The Boeing Store, the theater, and the Future of Flight Aviation Center. They discover Boeing's future products and services and the Boeing Future of Flight's Legacy of Innovation and Above and Beyond exhibits. Visitors can interact with the Destiny Module and Drones and Robotics experiences.
Visitors can participate in their Summer Scavenger Hunt. It is a special scavenger hunt focused on learning about sustainability and how Boeing uses renewable power to be more environmentally friendly. Ask the staff for details when one arrives.
The Boeing Backstage Pass - The Everett Factory is a must-see at their Boeing Theater. It includes the General Admission (which provides access to the Gallery and Sky Deck).
- Boeing Backstage Show Times: 10.00 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, 3.00 pm
Aviation sits at the cutting edge of technology and employs some of the most advanced and futuristic technology available today. The future of aviation is one of constant change and innovation. The future of air travel may include a return to supersonic flight and also moving towards being environmentally friendly. Boeing's competitor, Airbus, has announced a place to build the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035 using hydrogen technologies.
Planning A Visit To The Boeing Everett Factory
Note that as of the time of writing (September 2022), the Boeing Factory Tour is closed, and there is no projected reopening date this time. Feel free to sign up for Boeing's newsletter to receive the latest updates. Some of their attractions are still open, but hopefully, they will be offering full tours by the time one visits Seattle again.
Boeing Future of Flight - General Admission:
- Includes: Galley & Sky Deck
- Adult: $12.00 (Aged 16+)
- Youth: $6.00 (Aged 6 to 15)
Boeing Backstage Pass:
- Adult: $20.00 (Aged 16+)
- Youth: $10.00 (Aged 6 to 15)
- Thursday to Monday: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
- Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed (also closed Thanksgiving, Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 1)
Finally, visit their store. It is open for in-store shopping Thursday through Monday from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. One can get Boeing apparel like jackets, hoodies, caps, etc. Purchase scale models and various aviation collectibles.
There are different exhibits and things to see at Boeing; they also have exhibits coming soon, like their Confident Travel Initiative. It is a global effort to make flights safe, healthy, and efficient for passengers and crew. Learn about healthy travel tips, research, and various technologies in development.