Sabre prevented from downgrading fares

American Airlines wins temporary restraining order to stop GDS move

Sabre has been prevented from downgrading its listing of American Airlines flights in its GDS after American Airlines won a temporary restraining order. As reported, Sabre joined the battle last week against American Airlines’ efforts to impose its ‘Direct Connect’ strategy. The GDS opted to downgrade information on the airline in most of its displays, though not those in the European Union, and eliminate discounts on booking fees.

American Airlines subsequently filed a lawsuit claiming that Sabre’s actions violated agreements between the two companies and harmed the airline, travel agents and the public. A statement issued by the airline said: “We are gratified that after a contested hearing the court has granted American’s request for interim relief, to be in effect until the court considers American’s request for longer-term relief.” The battle between American and the GDSs began when the airline attempted to force Orbitz to use its Direct Connect system.

Apart from the perceived loss of transparency in search results, GDSs argue that Direct Connect would involve connection costs and result in a reduction in segment fees and GDS incentives from American.

Travel Weekly

x

Check Also

Emirates, Ryanair, Flybe, Austrian, Virgin, British Airways, easyjet, American Airlines, airlines, load factor, PLF, fullest, planes, aircraft, environment, business, profit

Airlines with best and worst load factor

Flying planes full makes airlines far more profitable, and it’s better for the environment.

Delta, airlines, United, American Airlines, pay, pilots, bonus, wage, profit share, usa, captains

Airline gives employees $1.1bn

Delta Airlines is being generous, and people working for its competitors are not too happy.

Infare, Harald Eisenaecher, appointment, management, Lufthansa, Sabre, airfare, pricing, intelligence, technology

Top executive joins Danish airfare intelligence firm

Danish provider of intelligence worldwide appoints Sabre and Lufthansa veteran.

Hurtigruten to explore distant new lands

Expedition cruises include Northwest Passage and Franz Josef Land

Finnair, A350, Asia, 2017, Chongqing, suspend, wet lease

Finnair to open France route, deepens Asia

Carrier makes all kinds of adjustments to popular routes

Keflavík, isavia, airport, iceland, germany, berlin, capacity, 2018, new routes, icelandair

Iceland’s Keflavik smashes records

Hub prepares to “significantly pass” 10 million in 2018