Tour record

As our employees in the Everett factory go about their work every day, they’re also putting on quite a show for thousands of people who come to see our public tour. We’ve counted the numbers from last year and found out we set an all-time attendance record.


From the tour balcony high above the 747 production line, tour guide Greg Coe points out major assembly positions. Gail Hanusa photo.

Since 2010, participation in public tours has increased by 10 percent each year— to a record 239,579 visitors in 2013. The biggest day ever came on Aug. 9, when 1,849 people took the tour.


High above the 787 production line in Everett. Ed Turner photo.


Sharing the Boeing story on the Everett tour. Gail Hanusa photo.

While the airplanes are the stars of the show, the tour guides also play a key role. We have a dozen Boeing tour guides in Everett who share the company’s history and products with aviation fans from all over the world. They are truly Boeing ambassadors who love to share our past, present and future.


On the 747 tour balcony, visitors are greeted by the cross-section of a 747-100 and several multimedia displays. Gail Hanusa photo.

If you’re in the Seattle area on business or vacation, I highly recommend you make the drive up to Everett. You can find much more about the public tour at this link.

Comments (7)

Milton Armas (MD):

The best aircraft builded B747 series
I know the B737 series but the 747 is
the most beautiful.

Jeremy (Cleveland):

A must do if you visit the NW. Brilliantly done Boeing!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

I took a tour of the Boeing 747 manufacturing plant a little over ten years ago. When I went inside, I thought this was the biggest building I have ever seen, there where people in bicycles riding around and about 10 or more 747-400 freighters being built in one hanger, after that our tour group went down a very long tunnel just under the factory to look at things after riding on a giant elevator from the observation deck. The first thing we saw once we got in the factory was a giant cross section of a 747 one frame long with seats in it. The first part of the tour we saw a video on how a 747 400 was built and the last part we visited the gift store.

This was one of the greatest tours that I have ever been in and my favorite part of my trip to Seattle.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

I am proud that I (and my family) contributed to the record number of visitors in 2013!

It is simply beyond description to watch the wide bodies being assembled in front of you.

Theresa Werlech (Mercer Island, WA):

I have had the pleasure of listening to Greg Coe's presentation many times and he is the best narrator in the business. Boeing is fortunate to have him 'on board' as an ambassador.
Theresa Werlech
Step-On Guides of Seattle

Zhong Liang Ong (Singapore, Singapore):

Had the pleasure of visiting the Boeing factory at Everett after almost 24 hours of flying in from Singapore on an ANA Boeing 767 and 777 (and a UA Skywest CRJ200). Was worth the long trip up north - seeing planes you've only read about in books, take shape before your eyes, was a unique experience that I'd be glad to re-live the next time I'm in town. It was a pity though, that at the time of my visit on June 14, the first 787-9 airframe (and I believe the KC-46) were being built on the surge line, which had no visitor access.

David Burnett (South Australia):

My wife & I have visited the Boeing factory at Everett twice, in 2011&again in November 2013. We are aircraft/airline enthusiasts and this is an amazing place to visit. We stayed for two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn which was excellent, not good for sleep as we didn't want to miss what was happening a short distance away. Also worthy of driving to is the Renton facility, we wish we could have spent more time there. Congratulations to all involved and it is a truly fabulous place to visit. Thankyou Boeing

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