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Sabre's global distribution system airline booking trends sequentially improved in each month of the second quarter through June, but momentum "regressed" in July as the Covid-19 delta variant spread, president and CEO Sean Menke said Tuesday during the company's quarterly results call.
Agency airline bookings via global distribution system provider Amadeus continued to recover throughout the second quarter, although a big leap forward in June appears to have flattened in July.
Fareportal this week voluntarily withdrew its federal antitrust lawsuit against JetBlue, which claimed the carrier breached a contract and skirted antitrust law by pulling out of the online travel agency operator.
For Amadeus, "this year really is about the launch of NDC and the scaling of NDC worldwide," Amadeus head of Americas travel content sourcing Robert Buckman said.
Sabre on Friday denied it breached its contract with American Airlines in its answer to the lawsuit the carrier filed late last month in Tarrant County, Texas. American's suit claimed Sabre's New Airline Storefront display and its value-based distribution arrangement with Delta Air Lines breached its contract with American and biased against the airline in displays by favoring Delta.
Southwest Airlines on July 26 will go live as a fully participating carrier in Sabre's global distribution system, finalizing its last major GDS implementation just as business travel demand rebuilds for domestic U.S. travel.