Emirates is in talks with American Airlines parent AMR to launch a partnership that will involve codesharing on flights and reciprocal frequent flier benefits.

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

“It hasn’t been consummated but we hope it will be done fairly soon,” he says, adding that the ball is in AMR’s court and acknowledging that the airline has several issues to attend to currently.