Emirates President Tim Clark told ATWOnline that the current economic environment has not caused the airline to reconsider its long-held philosophy of going it alone and avoiding alliances, mergers or acquisitions. He dismissed as unfounded speculation that EK might be interested in Alitalia. "I believe if you cannot grow yourself, or if you need to merge with another airline, your business model is wrong," he commented. EK has resisted overtures for years to join oneworld or Star Alliance.

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