6-Jan-2011 10:19 AM

Sabre to stop carrying American Airlines' flight information

Sabre Holdings Corp stated (05-Jan-2011) it would stop carrying American Airlines flight information from Aug-2011 as a dispute over online ticket sales escalates. This is a month earlier than the termination date of Sabre’s contract with American, according to Sabre Travel Network Senior VP, Chris Kroeger. Sabre, a former American unit, will end discounts for the airline and change the display of its listings until then (Bloomberg/AP/Reuters, 05-Jan-2011). Sabre stated the move does not affect its online booking site, Travelocity. American Airlines described Sabre's actions as "punitive" and "discriminatory" and stated it has "met all its obligations and continues to work in good faith with Sabre". American added that it is "committed to working with all efficient distribution channels, including traditional travel agencies, online travel agencies and global distribution systems". Sabre has claimed (05-Jan-2011) that American Airlines has "taken actions in an attempt to impose a costly, unproven and unnecessary system on agencies and corporations, including withholding fare content from Sabre". Separately, Standard & Poor's Equity raised its stock rating on Expedia, which has also dropped American Airlines' tickets from its listing, from "buy" to "strong buy" stating panic among investors over the travel agent's dispute with American Airlines is "overdone" (MarketWatch, 05-Jan-2011). [more - American Airlines] [more - Sabre] [more - ASTA]

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