Such is the potential for disruption to the status quo of airline distribution that normally bitter rivals are suddenly supporting one another publicly.
Today’s decision in a US court to deny a request by Travelport for a preliminary injunction against American Airlines to stop the airline removing its fares and availability from Orbitz paves the way for a huge shake-up in the foodchain between airline, GDS, intermediary and consumer.
So, no surprise at all to see rival GDS Sabre Travel Network as one of the first organisations to leap to the defence of Travelport following the court ruling.
Not singling out the case or Travelport directly, but clearly reacting to the news today, Sabre Travel Network senior vice president Chris Kroeger says:
“We oppose American’s efforts to impose a costly and unproven system on travel agents and travelers. We strongly agree with the many industry and consumer groups who believe American’s actions will make it much harder and more costly for agents and consumers to easily comparison shop among airlines, which will result in increased prices for consumers.
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