Vendors and Contractors
For many of its responsibilities as the facility operator, the Foundation has turned to experienced vendors and contractors. An early and long-term example has been Northwest Duty Free Stores, Inc., which has stocked and operated the Future of Flight Gift Shop since its opening day. And for the last several years the firm has also operated an actual duty free shop in a small building near the south side of the facility that serves international guests at Boeing aircraft delivery ceremonies. Under the leadership of its CEO, Peter Bellecy, the company has been a great partner and supporter for the Foundation. Another key vendor from the beginning is the Washington Res firm in Bellingham, which has provided call center services for the Future of Flight’s toll-free telephone number.
On April 1, 2015, Lancer Hospitality became the newest operator of the café, renaming it The Paper Plane Café. Visitors on a tight timeline to catch their Boeing Tour can enjoy premade Grab & Go items, and paninis and bubble tea are available for more leisurely diners. The Paper Plane Café serves the public during the facility’s open hours.
As the operator of the Future of Flight, the Foundation oversees more than 40 unique contracts, including ones for IT services, search engine optimization, website development and maintenance, auditing, flight simulator operation, furniture rental, linens, graphic design, temporary workers for event set-up and take down, catering, and more.