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 September 24, 2015

Report: Lufthansa GDS Bookings Down In September

Even before the Lufthansa Group began levying a €16 surcharge for global distribution system bookings on Sept. 1, some travel agencies and travel buyers reported that they intended to book away from the carrier. A Tnooz report published today, citing a "highly confidential document" circulating among Sabre Travel Network executives, shows Lufthansa Group carrier bookings, at least in the GDS, have indeed taken a hit in the first two weeks of September. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted April 30, 2010

Global Alliances Not For Everyone

The three major global airline alliances aren't for everyone, including several airlines represented at this week's Phoenix Aviation Symposium. Representatives from those carriers pointed to the costs associated with alliance participation, tech challenges and other concerns.

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Posted January 4, 2010 - Danbury, Conn.

Continental, Star Partners Start Joint Contracting

Continental Airlines and Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines have established combined travel agency compensation programs and begun negotiating new alliance corporate contracts, according to documents filed Dec. 23 to the U.S. Department of Tr Read More »
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Posted July 21, 2009 - New York City

Continental: Common IT Platform With United A 'Primary Focus'

Continental Airlines is planning to "try to get to a common hosting system with United" as part of its addition to the Star Alliance, outgoing chairman and CEO Larry Kellner said today during a conference call with reporters.

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Posted July 10, 2009

Continental/United Antitrust Immunity Granted: With a Few Strings

Continental Airlines was granted limited antitrust immunity today by the U.S. Department of Transportation -- a move that will allow it to join United Airlines and other airlines in the Star Alliance in creating schedules and determining fares.

The order did, however, set limits on the antitrust immunity in regards to some international routes. Read More »

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Posted July 10, 2009 - New York City

DOT Requires Reporting But Rejects Distribution Concerns On CO-Star

Continental Airlines and its Star Alliance partners "will be expected to give a complete status report in their annual filings" on "sales and distribution issues" including "cooperation in sales and distribution and joint negotiations with travel agents," according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. DOT issued the order as part of an overall approval today of antitrust immunity for the expanded Star Alliance, including Continental, with carve outs on some international city pairs.

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Posted June 29, 2009 - Danbury, Conn.

DOJ Recommends CO-Star ATI For Transatlantic Only

The U.S. Department of Justice on June 26 submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation a detailed objection to the inclusion of Continental Airlines in a far-reaching, antitrust-immunized partnership with the Star Alliance--suggesting instead Read More »
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Posted April 8, 2009 - St. James, NY

DOT's Continental-Star Approval Would Omit Distribution Restrictions Advocated By Agent Groups

The U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday tentatively agreed to allow Continental Airlines to join a group of Star Alliance partners already covered by antitrust immunity. Read More »
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Posted April 2, 2009

Amadeus Inches Closer To Complete Star Alliance IT Solution

Though it has already been years in the making, a ubiquitous, common IT platform for the Star Alliance is one step closer to reality now that system provider Amadeus announced a 10-year pact with SAS Group. Though not the largest, SAS is a cog in Star. Skepticism regarding Amadeus' ability to actually bring Star founder United Airlines into the common IT fold was somewhat lessened when vice president of strategic airline and partner programs Hans Jorge Read More »
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