Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) and its equity partner airlines intend to support 108,000 jobs across the USA in 2016 and make a USD10.7 billion contribution to the national economy, the company said.
The diversified and commercially driven Abu Dhabi-based global aviation and travel group has key interests in the United States operating to six gateway cities across the country. Its economic contribution includes capital spending with US-based suppliers that supports tens of thousands of domestic jobs.
In 2016 EAG´s core economic contribution to the US economy will be USD3.8 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), supporting 30,300 jobs. This consists of the US impact from EAG´s global operations and its capital spending with US-based suppliers, largely due to Etihad Airways´ capital investment in new aircraft, cabin interiors and IT infrastructure. This employment translates to domestic spending, delivering USD2.9 billion to the country´s GDP.
EAG includes Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group owns minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.