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 14, 2016

CTM Bulks Up In The U.K. With Redfern Acquisition

Australia-based Corporate Travel Management announced plans to acquire U.K.-based Redfern Travel and Tasmania-based Andrew Jones Travel. In conjunction, the publicly traded travel management company issued a new share purchase option to eligible shareholders to raise A$71 million to fund the deals. Read More »
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Posted December 9, 2016

Judge Tosses Agent Suit Alleging Multicity Fare Conspiracy Among Airlines

A U.S. District judge in California dismissed a federal antitrust lawsuit a group of travel agents against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. A group of travel agents filed the suit in April, alleging that those airlines, "aided and abetted" by the Airline Tariff Publishing Co., conspired to change fare-combination rules to raise the price of combinable, multicity tickets. Read More »
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Posted December 7, 2016

Travelport To Consolidate U.S. Tech Operations, Rationalize Tech Vendors

Travelport is consolidating U.S. technology operations, rationalizing tech vendors and cutting some positions through a program that, after completion in the next year-and-a-half, should deliver "annualized cost savings of approximately $19 million to $23 million," the company disclosed this week in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2016

DOT Delays Compliance Date For New Airline Bias Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation will give travel agencies a couple more months to comply with a new regulation that prohibits undisclosed biasing of airlines in online shopping displays. The rule was set to take effect this week, but DOT cited extension requests by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Airlines for America in its decision to shift the effective date to Feb. 15, 2017. Read More »
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Posted December 2, 2016

Lufthansa Angers Travel Agents Over Debit Memos On Unflown Returns

Some Dutch travel agents are refusing to accept what they said is a flurry of agency debit memos Lufthansa has issued in recent weeks on round-trip tickets where the return leg was unused by the passenger. 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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