Posted February 7, 2017

Sabre Fourth-Quarter GDS Bookings Rebound, Job Cuts Underway

Following a sluggish third quarter, Sabre reported that global distribution booking volume improved to close the year, and the company offered a mostly sunny outlook for booking trends in 2017. Sean Menke, addressing quarterly earnings for the first time since he became CEO in December, during an earnings call today touched on the US Airways verdict and a few strategic priorities, including system stability. The company's fourth-quarter earnings release also addressed job cuts underway. Read More »
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Posted January 27, 2017

Court Exhibits From Sabre Flesh Out Airline Conspiracy Claims

In 2013, Sabre filed heavily redacted counterclaims against US Airways alleging the airline colluded with competing carriers on dealings with global distribution systems. The claims never proceeded as part of their years-long antitrust lawsuit, which landed a verdict in the airline's favor last month. Read More »
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Posted January 10, 2017

Sabre Picks Apart Verdict In Plea For Favorable Judgment

As expected, Sabre on Monday filed a motion with the federal court that oversaw the antitrust claim it unsuccessfully defended against US Airways, now American Airlines. The global distribution system operator asked a federal court to issue a judgment in its favor, despite a jury verdict that had sided with the airline. "In the alternative," Sabre asked the court to grant a new trial on the contract claim on which US Airways prevailed last month. Read More »
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Posted January 9, 2017

BEAT SHEET: WorldMate Discontinued; Sabre's Suits; Res System Vulnerabilities; Agent Outlook

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted December 22, 2016

Takeaways, Next Steps And Implications Of US Airways-Sabre Verdict

This week, an 11-member jury found that Sabre "unreasonably restrained trade" via a 2011 contract with US Airways. Here are some takeaways on the verdict, based on conversations with representatives from airlines, the investment sector and the legal community, as well as consultants and industry watchers. Read More »
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Posted December 20, 2016

US Airways Prevails In Antitrust Contract Claim, Sabre Plans To Contest Verdict

An 11-member jury found that Sabre's contract provisions ran counter to federal antitrust law and awarded US Airways, now American Airlines, $5.1 million in damages. Read More »
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Posted December 16, 2016

Try As They Might, TMCs Can't Block Sabre Incentive Disclosures At Trial

Last month, each of the four mega travel management companies filed non-party memos with the federal court hearing the US Airways-Sabre antitrust case. In those, American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG asked U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield to redact in-court disclosures that would reveal per-segment incentives each received from Sabre. Read More »
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Posted December 15, 2016

Judge Hands US Airways-Sabre Case To Jury After Closing Arguments

"Here we are at last," U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield said Wednesday morning in a federal court here, kicking off the final day at trial in the five-year-plus antitrust case between US Airways and Sabre. At last, plaintiff US Airways, now American Airlines, and defendant Sabre made their final pleas to the jury in closing arguments. Read More »
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Posted December 1, 2016

Sabre CEO Takes The Stand At Trial, Talks Tough Airline Negotiations

With roughly a month to go as Sabre's CEO, Tom Klein this week testified in the lawsuit his company is defending against US Airways. In a federal court in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, his testimony countered US Airways' characterizations of Sabre's market heft and outsize leverage with airlines. Read More »
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Posted November 17, 2016

New DOT Airline Biasing Rule Extends To Corporate Channels, To An Extent

A U.S. Department of Transportation regulation taking effect Dec. 5 prohibits undisclosed biasing against airlines in online shopping displays. Against the wishes of some travel management companies, DOT extended the final rule to corporate travel channels. Read More »
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