AA and AmEx Business Travel Agree on Direct Connect


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American Airlines (AA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, and American Express Global Business Travel, a division of American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., announced  that the companies have agreed in principle to explore a long-term arrangement for the benefit of their corporate clients.

In a statement, AA said that in the arrangement, American Express Global Business Travel would receive guaranteed direct long-term access to AA's fares, schedules and customized travel products and services via AA's direct connect link through aggregation technology for such content provided by one or more global distribution systems (GDSs).

AA said the arrangement is subject to the execution of a definitive agreement. Other terms and conditions were not disclosed.

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