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 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 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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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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