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American and Travelport make friends again


American Airlines and Travelport have resolved their long-running dispute over content.

They have issued a joint announcement confirming that their full content agreements have been extended but did not disclose further details.

The move brings to an end industry-wide concern about the future of the global distribution system model.

The two parties had threatened to take lawsuits against each other for anti-competitive behaviour following American-ªs decision to terminate an agreement with online travel Orbitz, part-owned by Travelport.

Instead, American was hoping to drive bookings through its on online booking system, Direct Connect.

American had also had a similar dispute with GDS Sabre, but following the truce with Travelport it is expected that it will also be able to reach an agreement with Sabre.



by Bev Fearis

Monday, August 1, 2011



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