Inslee launches Choose Washington Council

State's companion effort to secure New Market Airplane

Local efforts to secure the design, production, and final assembly of Boeing's new middle-of-the-market New Market Airplane, known as the NMA, got another boost this week.

Governor Jay Inslee has convened a wide range of stakeholders representing aerospace related communities and industries to become the Choose Washington NMA Council. 

The Council will help make the case that Washington state’s aerospace workforce offers the quickest profitability and lowest location risk for Boeing to successfully design and build the NMA.

“Working with the governor and leaders across the state to ensure Boeing’s New Market Airplane lands here is one of my top priorities. It’s of vital importance to the economic success of Snohomish County, our region and Washington state,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, President of the PSRC, said.

“Securing the NMA for Washington State is important for the future growth of aerospace in Pierce County and throughout the state,” said Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Vice-President of PSRC. “I look forward to working together to make our case that Washington is the best possible location for this new aircraft.”

PSRC's Economic Development Board recently adopted support for the state’s effort to secure final assembly of the NMA in Washington state as an implementation action item in the new Regional Economic Strategy, designed to support the goal to strengthen, coordinate, and grow retention, expansion, and recruitment efforts to compete globally.

The NMA represents an opportunity to further Washington’s leadership in the aerospace sector while also improving our workforce and education systems to give workers mobility across industries and the skills to keep up with technological changes.

The work will increase positive public perception of the aerospace industry, strengthen the state’s economy, and prepare the state to build many or all facets of the NMA and post-NMA Boeing airplanes.

The council is also tasked with a consensus approach to identify programs, policies, and initiatives to help secure the NMA and also serve the needs of Washington workers and communities. 

The new, middle-of-the-market jet could serve medium range routes between 3,000-5,200 nautical miles, or 10 hours of flight. It would seat between 220 and 270 passengers. The widebody jet is expected to feature a first-of-its-kind composite fuselage as well as composite wings.

Snohomish County has organized its own Aerospace Task Force in an effort to build the plane in Everett.