Etihad Airways To Add $6.2 Billion to U.S. Economy by 2020

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airway's contribution to the U.S. economy will almost double to $6.2 billion by 2020, it said on Wednesday. That's an apparent counter to allegations that government subsidies gave it an unfair edge over competition. Three U.S. airlines - Delta, United and American--launched a campaign earlier this year, asking for their Open Skies pact with Gulf carriers to be altered. In a lengthy report, the airlines accused Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar Airways of taking $40 billion in government subsidies, allowing them to lower prices and push U.S. competitors out of certain markets.