Etihad Aviation, partners to support 108,000 US jobs, contribute to national economy

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.