From : ATWONLINE.COM
Emirates is unlikely to join SkyTeam or another global alliance, according to Ghaith al Ghaith, executive VP-commercial operations worldwide, although the carrier does maintain a codeshare agreement with Continental Airlines between London Gatwick and Dubai. "We have a very aggressive plan to expand on our own," he said, and an alliance could hinder rather than help.
Ghaith was in New York to introduce the airline's Dubai-New York nonstop service that begins June 1 with an A340-500. The aircraft will be outfitted with Emirates' new first-class "suite" that features sliding doors, a vibrating seat-bed, minibar and 19-in. TV screen.
Depending upon how the route develops, the carrier may switch to A380s in 2007 or 2008, he said. The larger aircraft would be "a no-brainer" for the planned Los Angeles service, he added