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American, Sabre settle dispute

Sabre and American Airlines have signed a new multi-year distribution agreement after settling their long-running dispute.

The airline will continue to launch its Direct Connect booking service but will still have its fares and inventory displayed on Sabre’s system, as well as use additional Sabre services in the future. The two have been involved in court proceedings to settle the new agreement in a row over the direct booking channel to travel agents.

American will receive a monetary payment from Sabre under new terms, which will now need approval from American’s parent company AMR Corporation as it restructures.

In addition American has extended its deals with Travelport’s three systems and will no longer halt its display on 31 December.

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