Court Victory for Travelport, Now Sabre Takes On American

ATLANTA, June 2, 2011 – The Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois today entered an injunction against American Airlines (AA) overturning its prior ruling.
The Court conceded that it erred in its December 21, 2010 ruling. Issuing its Order today, the Court agreed with Travelport that an injunction should have been granted against AA in December which would have prevented AA from terminating its contracts with Orbitz. The Court’s Order requires AA to reinstate Orbitz’s ability to display and ticket AA flights.  As a result, Orbitz is able to sell AA’s fares and content immediately.
As part of its ruling, the Court noted that “Travelport also demonstrated that it had a likelihood of success on the merits” of its claims against AA.
According to Travelport’s Chief Commercial Officer, Kurt Ekert, “Travelport is delighted with the Court’s ruling requiring AA’s fares to be reinstated on Orbitz and enabling consumers to book AA tickets through Orbitz. We view this as a significant ruling.”
Travelport strongly supports consumers’ right to maximum transparency and the ability to shop, compare, and book travel services wherever they choose.
Travelport will continue to work constructively with AA to ensure that consumers, corporations and travel agents continue to benefit from the most transparent travel booking processes possible.Travelport has won an injunction against American Airlines (AA), requiring the airline to reinstate Orbitz’s ability to display and ticket AA flights.Travelport has won an injunction against American Airlines (AA), requiring the airline to reinstate Orbitz’s ability to display and ticket AA flights.Travelport has won an injunction against American Airlines (AA), requiring the airline to reinstate Orbitz’s ability to display and ticket AA flights.Travelport has won an injunction against American Airlines (AA), requiring the airline to reinstate Orbitz’s ability to display and ticket AA flights

Travelport has won an injunction against American Airlines (AA), requiring the airline to immediately reinstate the ability of Orbitz, an online travel agent partly owned by Travelport, to display and ticket AA flights. In making the ruling, the Circuit Court of Cook County admitted it erred in a previous ruling which allowed AA to terminate its contracts with Orbitz. Meanwhile, the Sabre has launched a separate antitrust claim against AA, in part asserting that the airline is “attempting to eliminate the GDS … by refusing to provide fare information and forcing travel agents to use AA’s Direct Connect product.”

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