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Credit FAQ: The Fee Dispute Between American Airlines Inc. And Travel Distributors Could Change Travel Distributors' Business Models Jan 11 Product Image

Credit FAQ: The Fee Dispute Between American Airlines Inc. And Travel Distributors Could Change Travel Distributors' Business Models Jan 11

  • Published: January 2011
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • American Airlines Inc.
  • Delta Air Lines Inc.
  • Expedia Inc.
  • JetBlue Airways Corp.
  • Northwest Airlines Inc.
  • Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
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Abstract
On Dec. 21, 2010, American Airlines Inc. (American; B-/Stable/--), the major operating subsidiary of AMR Corp. (B-/Stable/--), discontinued selling its tickets through online travel distributor (OTA) Orbitz Worldwide Inc. (Orbitz; B/Stable/--). The airline cited its desire to use its own system called Direct Connect, which would enable it to provide not just its fares, but also other service options directly to OTAs. This would result in lower costs to the airline by eliminating the "middlemen" global distribution systems (GDSs) such as Travelport LLC (B-/Stable/--), which also owns directly and indirectly a controlling stake in Orbitz. (Watch related CreditMatters TV segment, "American Airlines' Push To Change Travel Distribution For Airlines And Distributors: The Credit Implications," dated Feb. 3, 2011.) On Jan....

Companies mentioned in this report are:
- American Airlines Group Inc.
- American Airlines Inc.
- Delta Air Lines Inc.
- Northwest Airlines Inc.
- Southwest Airlines Co.
- Trans World Airlines Inc.
- United Air Lines Inc.
- United Continental Holdings Inc.
- Priceline.com Inc.
- Sabre Holdings Corp.
- JetBlue Airways READ MORE >

- American Airlines Group Inc.
- American Airlines Inc.
- Delta Air Lines Inc.
- Northwest Airlines Inc.
- Southwest Airlines Co.
- Trans World Airlines Inc.
- United Air Lines Inc.
- United Continental Holdings Inc.
- Priceline.com Inc.
- Sabre Holdings Corp.
- JetBlue Airways Corp.
- Expedia Inc.
- Orbitz Worldwide Inc.

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