Travelport won a big one when the Illinois Appellate Court yesterday affirmed Travelport's preliminary injunction against American Airlines (AA). The injunction preserved Orbitz's ability to sell AA tickets. The Appellate Court also recognized Travelport's position that the AA contract allows all Travelport agents to fully utilize AA's content. Travelport is part owner of Orbitz.
The ruling further supports one of Travelport's damages claims against AA given AA's improper termination of Orbitz's ticketing authority, Travelport said. 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."
Travelport will continue to pursue its claims against AA before the trial court. In the meantime, Travelport said it will 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.