Notice more corporate jets than usual last month on the airside of King County International Airport/Boeing Field?
Your eyes weren’t deceiving you. The Airport played a big role in delivering many of the world’s top business leaders who converged on the Northwest for the annual Microsoft CEO Summit.
We welcomed nearly 100 business and executive aircraft that were tied directly to the summit, which took place May 17-18 at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Those aircraft carried some of the world’s most successful, innovative and high-profile business and organizational figures.
Seamless delivery of those figures to the CEO Summit was essential.
The entire effort required detailed coordination. During the event, aircraft lined the perimeter of the runway, said Airport Operations Manager Micheal Cummins.
“It was quite a sight to see,” he said.
While creating space for extra planes may sound as simple as Alpha-Bravo-Charlie, the effort required intense choreography and planning between the Airport and three of its largest Fixed-Based Operators (FBO’s in aviation lingo).
Airport and tenants coalesced around a plan in a matter of weeks, according to Cummins. The trio of FBO’s – Signature Flight Support, Kenmore Aero and Clay/Lacy Aviation – began to notify the Airport that it would be hosting several large, executive aircraft.
Given the influx of aircraft, Cummins said Airport Operations focused on providing extra parking areas at strategic locations for each company to manage. This required repositioning several tie-downs and other aircraft from their normal locations to other parts of the airfield. The coordination allowed the CEO Summit aircraft to rest at Boeing Field rather than drop off the passengers, fly to another airport and then return.
Even Taxiway “Bravo” west of the runway – which had been restricted because of construction at The Boeing Company – served as a temporary parking area.
“This took a lot of planning, but I’m glad it paid off in the end,” Cummins said. “Things couldn’t have gone any better.”