When you’re throwing a party for 90,000 people, it’s all hands on deck.
And that’s exactly how community partners responded when Boeing asked them for help to host the company’s 100th birthday in 2016.
To make last year’s Founders Day Centennial Celebration not only memorable but safe and successful, the company reached out to several local entities for support. These included the regional office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); King County International Airport (KCIA), including fire and police support; King County Medic one; event site host the Museum of Flight; and the City of Tukwila fire and police departments.
“The participation of our regional partners was critical to the success of our centennial event,” said Carmen Flahaut of Boeing Security & Fire Protection. According to Flahaut, who led the security component of the events over the weekend of July 15-17, 2016, “We couldn’t have delivered such a safe and positive environment for our employees and their families without our partners’ commitment, expertise and hard work.”
The level of support required was unprecedented, exceeding that for past major events such as the 2007 line-up of all Boeing 7-series jets at the Museum of Flight. For the Founders Day event, the line-up grew to include the 787 Dreamliner and represented all the company’s jet airplane models: the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787.
The company worked with the FAA, KCIA and Museum of Flight to plan and manage the arrival, display and departure of the airplanes, in addition to displays and flyovers of several heritage commercial and military aircraft.
To accommodate all the employees and family members who visited the event, Boeing coordinated closely with the KCIA and City of Tukwila fire and police departments to provide safe transportation, movement and attendance throughout the three-day celebration.
“Thanks to the efforts of our event partners, we experienced only a few minor incidents the entire weekend,” Flahaut said. “We very much appreciated their commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our 90,000 guests.”
For their contributions the company honored all partners with a commemorative gift, most recently the City of Tukwila. The gift was a framed arrangement of photos, featuring a center shot of the historic Boeing 7-series jet line-up and individual photos of all nine jetliners featured in the line-up.
By Leslie Hazzard