Amadeus reviewing airline deals, hits out at Direct-Connect model
Amadeus has finally waded in the war between American Airlines and OTAs and the fellow GDSs by actively reviewing its US airline content agreements and criticising the direct connect mode.
Travelport and Sabre have made their feelings very clear in recent weeks over the battle between American Airlines and online travel agencies – and now Amadeus has finally waded in.
The Madrid-based GDS watched on the sidelines as Travelport attempted to block American Airlines from withdrawing its fare from Orbitz – a move which eventually failed.
It also kept quiet when Expedia retaliated a few days later and first de-preferenced AA fares and then axed them completely.
But with Sabre breaking cover this week and hitting American Airlines as well by ending its contract with the airline ahead of schedule, Amadeus would eventually have to clarify its position.
Sticking to the usual mantra of declining to comment on specific “business matters or negotiations” involving other companies, Amadeus says it is “carefully considering the recent market announcements”.
But, in a statement from an official, Amadeus confirms that it is now “actively reviewing” its US airline content agreements.