Travelport has won the latest round of its legal battle with American Airlines (AA) yesterday when the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed Travelport’s preliminary injunction against AA.
The Illinois Court ruled that an injunction which gave online agent Orbitz (in which Travelport holds a stake) access to American Airlines tickets was fair. However the injunction had already expired on September 1st.
The Court also recognized Travelport’s position that the AA contract allows all Travelport agents to fully utilize AA’s content.
The ruling further supports one of Travelport’s damages claims against AA given AA’s improper termination of Orbitz’s ticketing authority. As the Appellate Court confirmed, “Travelport has standing to complain that American breached the [parties’ contract], and its implicit covenant of good faith by barring Travelport from earning income from booking flights through… Orbitz.”
“We are very pleased with the Appellate Court’s recognition of our contractual rights,” said Travelport’s Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Eric Bock. “Those rights are critical to protecting our agencies’ ability to have and fully use AA’s content.”
In a statement Travelport said it will continue to pursue its claims against AA before the trial court.
In the meantime, it plans to continue to work constructively with AA to ensure that consumers, corporations and travel agents continue to benefit from the most transparent travel booking processes possible.