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Emirates said to eye tie-up with American Airlines

Dubai airline reportedly in talks on codeshare deal as it looks to grow its services in US

Emirates said to eye tie-up with American Airlines
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Emirates Airline is reportedly in talks with troubled American Airlines parent AMR over a new partnership deal.

According to Flight Global, the two airlines have been in discussions since late 2011 and the deal could involve codesharing on flights and reciprocal frequent flier benefits.

The two carriers have been in discussions since late last year, says Emirates president and chief executive Tim Clark at Washington Dulles airport today.

"It hasn't been consummated but we hope it will be done fairly soon," Emirates president Tim Clark was quoted as saying.

He added that he acknowledged that AMR has more pressing issues to attend to after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2011.

American Airlines currently codeshares with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Flight Global added.

Emirates launched its inaugural service from between Dubai and Washington on Wednesday, adding its seventh destination in the USA.

Washington is the third new US destination for Emirates this year after Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle.

Clark added: “As one of the most important global cities in the world, we look forward to connecting DC-area travellers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.” 

Forging a partnership with AMR will help Emirates raise its presence in the USA by "a few notches", said Clark.

The Dubai carrier also has existing partnerships with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue.

Emirates recently announced a 10-year agreement with American's Oneworld partner Qantas Airways that will involve Qantas moving its Asian hub from Singapore to Dubai.

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peter 8 years ago

what a downgrade for emirates!!!! AA is one of the worst airlines in the sky!!!

SELWIN ILANGOVAN 8 years ago

Noted the above message... But it should have been the other way round.. That is The American Airlines should have taken a step to discuss with the possible collaboration with EMIRATES AIRLINES..

Even though both are the same.. But always the Stronger should discuss with the Weaker about the Possible Collaboration..

Hence this comment..

God Bless both the Airlines.. Our good wishes for their Mutual and Professional growth every where in every aspects..

Regards.. and God Bless

AntiAA 8 years ago

Are you saying that american airlines, the twice-bankrupt airline that has filthy planes, is stronger than Emirates?

You have got to be kidding me.

I just flew on American Airlines. New York to Manchester flight had *no* inflight entertainment. The food was disgusting. The seats were tiny. Almost everything about the plane, its service, its cabin crew and even the way it flew was bad. how could you say that AA is stronger than Emirates??

An American 8 years ago

All American carriers are bad but it a huge market and American has a huge network Emirates wants to tap in to.

DFWdude 8 years ago

AntiAA you need to get your facts strait, if you think before you speak you'll realise that AA is filing bankruptcy for the first time. Unlike the US,Delta's and United's. The only reason why AA ended up filing was because the competition had lower costs as a result of their own Bankruptcy filings many years ago. While AA's service isn't the best, it is above the US carrier standard.