Posted April 11, 2017

American And Sabre Each Appeal Rulings In A Case That Won't Quit

Ever since a jury handed down a verdict against Sabre on a federal antitrust contract claim brought by US Airways, the global distribution system operator has vowed to appeal. As expected, Sabre filed the paperwork to do so last week. More surprisingly, American Airlines—which merged with US Airways after the suit was filed in 2011—also is appealing a couple of rulings in the course of the nearly six-year case. Read More »
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Posted April 5, 2017

Sabre: US Airways 'Lost On Virtually Every Front' In Antitrust Case

"US Airways brought a behemoth antitrust case and came away with almost nothing," Sabre starkly proclaimed in a court filing this week. In the filing, Sabre put a positive spin on the case that yielded US Airways, now American Airlines, a favorable jury verdict on one antitrust claim. Read More »
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Posted March 22, 2017

American, Other Airlines Fail In Declaratory Judgment Bid In Sabre Case

A bid by American Airlines and other major carriers for declaratory judgment in the US Airways-Sabre case has failed, according to an order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield. Read More »
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Posted March 13, 2017

GUEST: Jim Davidson Asks, Have We Finally Had Our Fill Of Full Content?

Ever since the jury verdict was returned in the Sabre-US Airways antitrust trial in federal court in New York City in December, a lot of us have been mulling over the fate of GDS-prescribed full content provisions contained in most airline-GDS distribution agreements. Read More »
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Posted March 8, 2017

Sabre Boosts Airline Schedule Updates

Sabre this month expects to complete a worldwide rollout of what it called "real-time" airline schedule data for global distribution system subscribers. Sabre previously updated schedule data only twice a week. The frequency boost, aided by FlightGlobal, should reduce sales failures caused by schedule changes and give travel bookers more reliable flight information. Read More »
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Posted March 6, 2017

How Many Millions? American, Sabre Far Apart On Court Costs Owed

How much does it cost an airline to pursue a nearly six-year-long antitrust lawsuit against Sabre? For US Airways, now American Airlines, the cost exceeded $122 million. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2017

Sabre, Travelport Achieve IATA NDC-Certified Status For Ancillary Sales

The International Air Transport Association certified Sabre Travel Network and Travelport as aggregators that have demonstrated the ability to support its New Distribution Capability standard for airline ancillary sales. As such, Travelport and Sabre became the first and second global distribution systems, respectively, to achieve some level of NDC-capable status as aggregators, while Amadeus remains "in progress," according to IATA. Read More »
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Posted February 28, 2017

Major Airlines Pile On Grievances Against Sabre In Post-Trial Briefs

Several major airlines filed nonparty briefs supporting American Airlines' request for a U.S. federal court to put a stronger judicial stamp on a jury's conclusion that Sabre's contractual provisions, as applied to US Airways, violated antitrust law. Read More »
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Posted February 22, 2017

AA Asks For Court’s Help As It Negotiates New Sabre Deal

In December 2016, a jury found provisions in Sabre's 2011 global distribution system contract with US Airways violated federal antitrust law. Since then, American Airlines, which merged with the carrier after the lawsuit began, asked Sabre to exclude similar contractual provisions in a new GDS agreement, which would succeed the current deal that expires this year. So far, Sabre has "rebuffed" those requests. Read More »
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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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