The U.S. airline industry employs nearly
or about 75 people per aircraft.*
Including direct employees, the U.S. airline industry supports more than 10 million jobs throughout the American economy.
*Breakout of employees by workgroup based on data reported to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United and Virgin America.
Ramp Lead and U.S. airline employee for over 15 years
U.S. airlines ship
Whether you’re shipping live crabs to Kansas or fresh-cut flowers to Connecticut, U.S. airlines have you covered when time is of the essence.
U.S. airlines ship all kinds of precious cargo, but the term truly applies when our members transport living, breathing animals such as Giant Pandas, pardoned turkeys and, most importantly, your pets.
In addition to equipment and pharmaceuticals, U.S. airlines ship emergency medical resources. Flights with the callsign “Lifeguard,” for example, may be transporting patients, organs or other high-priority cargo.
It’s no surprise that we rely on electronics every day for communication, business or entertainment. What may come as a surprise is how much those electronics rely on the U.S. airline system for production and distribution.
Making New Opportunities
"I was here for a job interview and now I’m flying back to Alabama."
- Allison Holt
Bringing Family Together
"I would love to fly my four-year-old daughter and my wife to Ecuador. It’s where I was born..."
- Jose Tutiven
Opening Up The World
"...I flew back from China where I was leading a trip for a group of high school students from the U.S."
- Kim Wheeler
The commercial aviation industry drives
Commercial aviation helps drive more than 10 million American jobs and 5 cents of every dollar of U.S. GDP. Our member airlines contribute at the local, state, national and global levels, transporting people and goods around the world safely, efficiently and economically.
the average wage of a U.S. passenger airline employee
Passengers and employees are benefiting most from the airlines’ modest profits. For every dollar of revenue we take in, we keep just under a nickel in profits. Far below the average company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Even so, every dollar coming in now is being put to work – to add new service and create new jobs, reinvest in our people and our equipment, reduce carbon emissions and pay down debt, all while maintaining a safety record that is the envy of the world.
Collectively, U.S. passenger airlines are reinvesting
Carriers continue to use improving finances to pay down the nearly $72 billion they are carrying in debt, acquire new aircraft, improve the onboard product, enhance airport facilities and amenities, reward employees through profit sharing and provide dividends to investors.
Thanks to the collaboration and effort of our member airlines, it’s never been safer to travel by sky.
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