Emirates has received multiple recognitions over the years, including being named top airline in the world, for their 5-star quality and service.
The airline is not part of any alliance, but has mileage arrangements with both United and Continental Airlines.
The daily flight to Dubai Emirates departs San Francisco at 4:45pm daily and arrives at 7:25pm the following day. As of November 2nd, the flight will depart an hour earlier, at 3:45pm. The route will be operated by a new Boeing 777-LR ("long range") aircraft.