The so-called New American has certainly arrived and is busily ending its long-running court battles with various parts of the industry – the latest being online travel agency, Orbitz.
Lawyers across the land will finally have to find new things to get their teeth into after American Airlines and Travelport settled their differences this week.
During a media day hosted recently by Farelogix in the US, Keith Wallis from Air Canada showed a few slides on his airlineâ€™s view of the future.
Back in October 2012, when Sabre and American Airlines renewed their distribution agreement and ended their dispute in the courts, mystery surrounded a “monetary payment” between the pair.
As American Airlines and Sabre (metaphorically) kind of kissed and made up yesterday in the courts, fellow distribution provider Travelport was also busy.
Not over just yet, but a significant development – Sabre and American Airlines have renewed their current distribution agreement and ended their dispute in the courts.
American Airlines has reiterated claims it wants to reach a “fair settlement” with Sabre and customers booking GDS-connected agents will not be affected in the upcoming antitrust trial.
Travelport is evaluating its options after a US federal judge granted a motion from American Airlines to dismiss antitrust claims against the carrier.
American Airlines offers direct-connect bounty via Priceline, talks with business travel giants stall
American Airlines is back in Direct-Connect mode, after its programme to try and turn the airline distribution model on its head fell by the wayside as it faced bigger battles.
There has been a recent uptick in talk around increased costs associated with flying, and about the frustration consumers often face when dealing with airline ancillary fees like baggage and seat reservation fees.