Tag Archives: Sabre

Airline-GDS Negotiations Heat Up As Parties Try To Sway Lawsuit’s Outcome

[UPDATE, March 22, 2017: U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield denied American Airlines’ renewed request for declaratory judgment relief. She wrote that the request was “untimely” and “otherwise inappropriate.” Although American’s negotiations with Sabre for a new contract “may be newly imminent, they are not unexpected,” according to Schofield. “Reconsideration on account of a changed, but… Read More »

Evolving Travel Policies Challenge OBTs

Travel suppliers want to provide personalized offers to travelers. Some travel managers want to customize travel policies to better fit individual travelers and the specifics of a trip. The problem is, some online booking tools can’t or don’t easily handle the nuances. OBTs connect with traveler profiles. Those often include basic data like an employee’s… Read More »

Jury Won’t Hear Sabre Argument That US Airways Lured It Into Lawsuit

The US Airways v. Sabre antitrust case now is in the jury’s hands. The evidence it’s considering does not include everything Sabre wanted it to know. Most notably, the jury didn’t hear about Sabre’s claim that US Airways pursued a “sign-and-sue” strategy. According to the argument, US Airways baited Sabre into rejecting a last-minute request… Read More »

Defense Rests After Witnesses Rebut US Airways Account Of Sabre’s Strong-Arming

New York – In its lawsuit against Sabre, American Airlines contends that US Airways in 2011 had “no choice” but to accept purportedly onerous terms for participating in the global distribution system. Witnesses for the airline alleged that Sabre insisted on a contract for full content, or else US Airways risked being out of the… Read More »

‘Seriously, Keep This To Yourself, Tell No One’

New York — U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield in October told the jury in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here that to prove conspiracy, the plaintiffs must demonstrate Sabre knowingly entered into an agreement not to compete which unreasonably restrained trade and caused injury. In the ensuing weeks, American Airlines attorneys produced several pieces… Read More »

Big Four Got About One-Third Of Total Sabre Incentives

New York — Sabre in 2011 paid a total of $647 million in travel agency incentives, according to evidence in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here. About one-third of that went to four big corporate agencies — American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG. Newly revealed evidence shows specific totals… Read More »

As His Company Sued Sabre, Doug Parker Claimed Scant Knowledge About Travel Agencies

New York — Doug Parker is chairman and CEO of American Airlines, which continued the lawsuit against Sabre that his previous company, US Airways, filed more than five years ago. Two months after announcing a merger with American, Parker in an April 2013 taped deposition admitted to a remarkable lack of knowledge about the sales… Read More »

Why It’s Difficult To Update Travel Agent Desktops

New York — It’s easy to make fun of the traditional “green” screens that travel agents use, but it’s really hard to replace them. Executives with large travel management companies deposed for the US Airways v. Sabre lawsuit, now in trial here, pointed to tens of millions of reasons. “It was a money pit,” said… Read More »

Nobel Laureate Opines On Who Should Fund Business Travel Distribution

New York — “Business people are very excited about competition in every sector except their own.” With that quip, Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz opened his testimony here this month in the US Airways v. Sabre antitrust trial. Called by the plaintiffs, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Time magazine once named among the 100 most influential… Read More »

Case Details Sabre’s Airline Segment Fees, Including Southwest’s Advantage

[UPDATE, Dec. 21, 2016: Adds testimony at bottom about the differing levels of service provided to Southwest versus legacy U.S. network carriers like US Airways.] New York — Industry pros always figured Southwest Airlines paid less to global distribution system providers like Sabre than other big airlines. Now they know how much. Southwest’s 2010 per-segment… Read More »

Trial Reveals Sabre GDS Incentives Paid To Big Travel Management Companies

New York — As they consolidate and grow, travel agencies earn more incentive money from global distribution system providers. Just how much has been hard to ascertain, since incentives are not specifically teased out in GDS company financial reports. With the US Airways v. Sabre case underway here, some interesting numbers are emerging. According to… Read More »

Sabre Sees An ‘Inflection Point’ On Ancillaries Via Travel Management Companies

[UPDATE, Dec. 20, 2016: Commentary from witnesses during the US Airways v. Sabre court case addressed the challenges of selling US Airways’ Choice Seats via the Sabre GDS. This post has been updated to include some of those comments.] Air Canada since September has been selling paid seats through Sabre. It began listing its branded… Read More »