Airlines Emirates and Etihad will continue to operate as separate carriers but will seek to strengthen cooperative agreements between each other, said Emirates chief Sheikh Ahmed ibn Said al-Maktum.
Speaking to German daily Die Walt, he said that while the airline has no immediate plans to invest in European aviation markets, the two companies will be pursuing mutually beneficial arrangements to strengthen their positions in the Gulf.
Mr Maktum would not be drawn on the precise details of any such cooperative framework.
Meanwhile, speaking to Emirates Business, a spokespserson for the UAE airline confirmed that the company would be taking delivery of an additional seven Airbus A380s by the end of the financial year on March 31st 2010.
This will bring its total A380 fleet to 11, making it the largest customer of the plane manufacturer.
Emirates headed to Germany last week to exhibit at the ITB Berlin travel show, which is the largest of its kind in the world.