King County International Airport
|Location||Seattle / Tukwila, King County, Washington, United States|
|Elevation AMSL||21 ft / 6 m|
Boeing Field, officially King County International Airport (IATA: BFI, ICAO: KBFI, FAA LID: BFI), is a public airport owned and operated by King County, five miles south of downtown Seattle, Washington. The airport is sometimes referred to as KCIA (King County International Airport), but is not the airport identifier. The airport has some passenger service operated by Kenmore Air and JSX, but is mostly used by general aviation and cargo. It is named for the founder of Boeing, William E. Boeing and was constructed in 1928, serving as the city's primary airport until the opening of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 1944. The airport's property is mostly in Seattle just south of Georgetown, with its southern tip extending into Tukwila. The Airport covers 634 acres (257 ha), averages more than 180,000 operations annually, and has approximately 400 based aircraft.
Boeing Field was Seattle's main passenger airport from its construction in 1928 until Seattle-Tacoma International Airport began operations in the late 1940s, with the exception of its use for military purposes during World War II. The Boeing Company continues to use the field for testing and delivery of its airplanes, and it is still a major regional cargo hub. It is also used by Air Force One when the President of the United States visits the Seattle area.
The August 1946 OAG lists 24 United Airlines weekday departures, 10 weekly flights on Northwest Airlines and several Pan Am Douglas DC-3s a week to Juneau via Annette Island Airport, which then served Ketchikan.
Boeing Field has two air carriers, JSX, that offers daily passenger jet service to Oakland International Airport, and Kenmore Air that offers 4-6 daily services to each Friday Harbor and East Sound/Orcas Island. Before 2019, the last scheduled passenger jet service was on Hughes Airwest in 1971 and before that by predecessors Air West and West Coast Airlines, all using DC-9s. A proposal by Southwest Airlines in June 2005 was submitted to King County to relocate from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Boeing Field, but was rejected by King County Executive Ron Sims in October. A similar proposal by Alaska Airlines (which was a response to the Southwest proposal) was also rejected. Southwest Airlines said it wanted to avoid the heavy fees at Sea-Tac due to its expansion program.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011-2015 called it a primary commercial service airport.Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 34,597 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 35,863 in 2009 and 33,656 in 2010.
The airport covers 634 acres (257 ha) at an elevation of 21 feet (6 m). It has two asphalt runways: 14R/32L is 10,007 by 200 feet (3,050 x 61 m) and 14L/32R is 3,709 by 100 feet (1,131 x 30 m). In the year ending January 1, 2018 the airport had 184,182 aircraft operations, average 504 per day: 78% general aviation, 16% air taxi, 5% airline, and <1% military. 384 aircraft were then based at this airport: 229 single-engine, 40 multi-engine, 88 jet, 26 helicopter, and 1 glider. The runway numbers were updated from 13/31 to 14/32 in August 2017, due to shifting magnetic headings.
The Boeing Company has facilities at the airport. Final preparations for delivery of Boeing 737 aircraft after the first test flight are made at Boeing Field. Boeing facilities at the airport have also included a paint hangar and flight test facilities. The initial assembly of the 737 was at Boeing Field in the 1960s because the factory in Renton was at capacity building the Boeing 707 and Boeing 727. After 271 aircraft, production moved to Renton in late 1970. Production of military airborne early warning and control aircraft based on the 737, such as Project Wedgetail (Australia) aircraft and Peace Eagle (Turkey) aircraft is located at Boeing Field.
The Museum of Flight is on the southwest corner of the field. Among the aircraft on display is an ex-British Airways Concorde, lent to the museum from BA, a supersonic airliner that landed at Boeing Field on its first visit to Seattle on November 15, 1984. Aircraft on the airfield can be seen from the museum.
The King County International Airport contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services. Deputies assigned to the airport wear a mix of both Police and Fire uniforms, turnouts etc., which includes single Police, Fire/ARFF patch, and drive King County International Airport Police patrol cars. There are currently 17 patrol officers/sergeants and one chief assigned full-time to the airport. Officers assigned to the airport are also required to obtain a Washington State Fire Fighter One certification and an Emergency Medical Technician certification.
|AirPac Airlines||Burlington/Mount Vernon, Everett, Eugene, Port Angeles, Portland (OR), Sacramento-Executive, Spokane, Spokane-Felts, Yakima|
|Ameriflight||Bellingham, Burlington/Mount Vernon, Everett, Ketchikan, Lewiston, Moses Lake, Olympia, Omak, Portland (OR), Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Yakima|
|UPS Airlines||Chicago/Rockford, Denver, Louisville, Ontario, Portland (OR), Spokane, Vancouver, Anchorage|
Boeing Field had scheduled passenger flights on West Coast Airlines Douglas DC-9-10s, Fairchild F-27s and Douglas DC-3s to Idaho, Oregon, Washington state, northern California, western Montana, northern Utah and Calgary in Alberta. The April 28, 1968 West Coast timetable shows nonstop flights to Aberdeen, WA/Hoquiam, WA, Boise, ID, Olympia, WA, Pasco, WA, Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, Spokane, WA, Tacoma, WA, Wenatchee, WA and Yakima, WA. West Coast DC-9s flew nonstop to Boise, Pasco, Portland, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Yakima, and direct to San Francisco, Eugene and Medford. F-27s flew to Calgary, Alberta. West Coast, which had its headquarters in the Seattle area and operated all of its flights from Boeing Field, merged with Pacific Air Lines and Bonanza Air Lines to form Air West (later renamed Hughes Airwest) which continued at Boeing Field until it moved to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 1971.
Aeroamerica, an airline based at Boeing Field from 1971 to 1982 which operated Boeing 707s and Boeing 720s, flew nonstop to Spokane, Washington.Air Oregon, a commuter airline, scheduled Swearingen Metros in 1979 to its hub in Portland, Oregon.Helijet, a helicopter airline based at Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, operated scheduled Sikorsky S-76 helicopter flights to the Victoria Harbour Heliport in British Columbia with direct one stop service to Helijet's Vancouver Harbour Heliport next to downtown Vancouver, B.C. as well as twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 to Victoria International Airport before ceasing flights on the route. 
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