Tuesday, January 11, 2011

American sues Sabre in battle over flight listings

American Airlines is suing Sabre to prevent the company from downplaying American flights in displays that it provides to travel agents.

American says if Sabre is allowed to favor other airlines in information searches, it will cost American "countless sales."

The lawsuit was filed Monday in state court in Fort Worth, Texas. It's the newest blow in an escalating fight over how airline tickets are sold.

American wants to force travel agents to get information about flights and prices straight from the airline to reduce middleman expenses. Sabre, a travel-data provider, retaliated last week by making it harder for travel agents to find information about American flights and raising fees that it charges American.

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