An American Airlines (AA) spokesperson said the carrier was pleased that a Texas federal court is allowing American’s principal antitrust claims to proceed and that the court has rejected the defendants' arguments on key legal issues. Earlier, Travelport had also issued a statement that claimed a legal victory in an antitrust case with implications for travel distribution.
In its statement, AA said, "Most importantly, the court has held that American can proceed with its claims that Sabre has monopolized the market for provision of airline booking services to travel agents, and separate claims that Sabre and Travelport each has unlawfully monopolized the market for the provision of airline booking services to their respective subscribers."
“In addition, the order permits American to raise additional antitrust claims based on newly-discovered evidence, including that Sabre unlawfully organized a group boycott against American, and that Sabre and Travelport illegally conspired with each other to prevent competition from American’s direct connect technology," AA continued.
“At this point, we cannot provide details because the order is filed under seal. However, to be clear, the key monopolization claims that American pled were deemed plausible by the court and remain an important part of the case. We are confident in the merits of our claims and will continue vigorously pursuing this litigation," AA said.