Published on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

American and Sabre announce temporary ceasefire


The row between American Airlines and technology company Sabre has reached a temporary lull as both sides agreed to press pause on their battle until June 1.
American has infuriated the travel community by attempting to drive business through its new Direct Connect technology. It also wants agents to pay to access GDS fares.
Sabre joined the battle this month, labelling American’s new distribution method a “costly, unproven and unnecessary system on agencies and corporations” and said it was effectively withholding fare content from Sabre.
The two companies were due to appear in court on Monday in the US and a court has issued a restraining order against Sabre because it says it has been ranking American flights lower down on the system.
American has been suing Sabre but in turn faces a counter suit from another technology giant Travelport which owns the two GDSs Worldspan and Galileo plus a stake in OTA Orbitz.
Today a statement from both parties said: “American Airlines and Sabre have agreed to put the litigation between the two companies on hold until 1 June 2011.  American Airlines and Sabre will begin work shortly in an effort to reach a new agreement. 
“Both parties will return to operating as they were prior to 5 January 2011 in terms of Sabre displays, American Airlines content and economic terms.  Officials at American Airlines and Sabre will not have any further comment on this announcement at this time.”


by Dinah Hatch

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