10 Dec 2014 08:00
A decade of orders by Etihad Airways for new Boeing aircraft is supporting more than 200,000 American jobs, the airline’s President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said yesterday.
Since 2006 the airline has introduced or placed orders for 115 wide-bodied
Boeing aircraft, including 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the first of which will
enter service early next year.
The US Department of Commerce estimates that for every US$1 billion
invested in the US aerospace industry, 5,747 American jobs are supported.
Mr Hogan was speaking at the UAE – US Business Council lunch in San
Francisco to celebrate the successful launch of Etihad Airways’ non-stop
flights to San Francisco on 18 November, one of six destinations in the US.
“At 2014 list prices, the total value of Boeing jets we have
received or have on order is US$36.5 billion. Based on the US Government
formula, this represents almost 210,000 US aerospace jobs.
“We also have options and purchase rights for in excess of 30 more
aircraft, which if exercised will further strengthen our contribution to the
economy,” he said.
Etihad Airways has selected US made GE engines for all its Boeing
aircraft, while other US suppliers manufacture aircraft seats, onboard equipment
and provide inflight entertainment systems.
Last year Etihad Airways began a US$1 billion partnership with
Sabre Travel Technologies for the provision of a new IT platform to support its
global passenger services systems. The airline has also just signed a major
agreement with another US technology provider, SAP.
“Linking San Francisco via Abu Dhabi with the strategically
important and rapidly growing markets in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
will help to deepen the strong commercial, trade and cultural relationship between
the US and the UAE.”
Mr Hogan said the new service will also open up San Francisco to
more tourism and travel opportunities.
“The service between San Francisco and Abu Dhabi also offers convenient onward connectivity to more than
30 destinations across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Middle East,
Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, available through Etihad Airways’ global
network and codeshare agreements with partner airlines.”
Key connecting markets in the Indian Subcontinent include Pakistan,
Sri Lanka and Nepal. In partnership with
Jet Airways, Etihad Airways offers access to a large Indian market with more
than 200 weekly flights to 14 destinations in India.
By the end of 2014 Etihad Airways will operate 45 passenger flights
per week between Abu Dhabi and the US following the introduction in March of a
second daily flight to New York, the launch in June of daily nonstop services
between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, and the commencement of daily flights to San
Francisco and three flights per week to Dallas/Fort Worth from November and
December respectively. There are plans for flights to Dallas/Fort Worth flights
to increase to daily.
In addition to Etihad Airways’ passenger services to the US, Etihad
Cargo offers weekly flights to Miami and Chicago, as part of a round-the-world
air freight service. These flights are operated for Etihad Cargo by US-based
partner Atlas Air, using a Boeing 747-8 freighter in Etihad Cargo livery.
This service supports US importers and exporters as well as
furthering trade links between the UAE and the US.