American Airlines has filed a complaint against Sabre in court today claiming the GDS had attempted to boycott its business, according to reports.
The revised complaint which was filed against Sabre today, claimed it had used “secret collusive boycott agreements,” anti-competitive contracts and punitive actions to dissuade travel agencies and corporate travel departments from booking American flights through Sabre’s system”.
American claimed that Sabres motives were “to coerce American into abandoning its effort to modernize and streamline the costly legacy system for distributing American’s travel data.”
Sabre has denied the allegations and claims this is an example of American Airlines ‘distorting the facts with the aim of negotiating a new contract.
Nancy St. Pierre, a spokeswoman for the company, said: “We remain willing and committed to negotiating a new distribution agreement that meets the needs of all constituents whenever the airline is ready.”
The long term dispute first escalated in January when American filed a complaint against Sabre claiming then that it had broken anti-trust laws and had damaged its business. AA previously owned Sabre.