Was suggested that EK only grants to the next status level. As you have to sign up for Skywards just to be able to send the request, you are proposed from Blue to Silver only.
It remains subject to approval (email extract):
However, please be informed that the upgrade is purely subject to approval.
In order to review, I require the below details.
- Your Flying Blue account six months statement
- Company name and Position
- Complete mailing address.
It's little but more open that Etihad!