Boeing, flight center tour in Everett scrambles for alternative


With the strike by Boeing Machinists entering its second week, tourists hoping to tour Boeing’s Everett factory to see planes being assembled have been disappointed since tours were suspended when the strike began on Sept. 6.

The popular $15 midday tours of Boeing’s massive facility at Paine Field — 13 tours each day — are on hold. Because of the strike, the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett, which details the history of commercial jet flight and Boeing’s contribution, is offering an alternative for tourists.

For half the price of the factory tour, the Future of Flight will offer a movie in the center’s Boeing theater, a guided tour of Paine Field and a trip to Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection of airplanes, where a separate admission fee is charged.

Not being able to see planes being assembled has “disappointed” a lot of foreign tourists, said Future of Flight spokeswoman Sandy Ward. The Future of Flight sells tickets for the factory tours.

“We’re obviously disappointed” about the strike, she said. The popular factory tours would usually require advance reservations but she said no reservations are necessary for the Future of Flight’s alternative.