April 1 American Airlines and online travel
agency Orbitz Worldwide Inc, which have been locked in a
years-long dispute over travel distribution costs and methods,
on Monday said they have reached an agreement resolving the
litigation between them.
The companies declined to comment on details of the
settlement agreement, which must be reviewed and approved by the
U.S. bankruptcy court presiding over American parent AMR Corp's
Chapter 11 case.
American had sued Orbitz in April 2011, saying the online
agency and airfare data provider Travelport, which owns a 48
percent share in Orbitz, made American's fares look higher than
they were to consumers.
American, which announced an agreement in February to merge
with US Airways Group and form the world's largest air
carrier, had stopped listing its fares on Orbitz in 2010 after
the agency refused to adopt American's new technology that would
let consumers price their trips based on other factors besides
just fares. The carrier had resumed posting its fares on
Orbitz.com in June 2011.
Last month, Travelport and American announced that they had
settled their antitrust lawsuit and signed a new global
distribution agreement. Last year, American also reached a
litigation settlement with flight reservations company Sabre
The suit is American Airlines Inc. vs. Travelport Limited, a
foreign corporation, and Travelport, LP, and Orbitz Worldwide,
LLC No. 4:11-cv-00244-Y in United States District Court for the
Northern District Of Texas Fort Worth Division.