Airline distribution expert Cory Garner last week contemplated whether or not "product-based" airline displays were compatible with the indirect distribution channel favored by corporate travel programs. It's very difficult, he said, and getting it done requires "a lot of alignment and consultation amongst the various stakeholders." Those are not hallmarks of the historical relationships between big airlines and big distributors.

What sparked the commentary was the lawsuit filed in June by American Airlines against Sabre, which argued that Sabre's latest deal . . .

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