American Air sees deal with online agents-WSJ

Jan 5 (BestGrowthStock) – American Airlines is in active discussions
and expects to reach settlements with the two largest U.S.
online travel agents, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a
senior executive at the airline’s parent AMR Corp (AMR.N: ).

The company, which blocked Expedia Inc (EXPE.O: ) and Orbitz
Worldwide Inc (OWW.N: ) from selling its tickets after a contract
dispute, is committed to changing the way others sell its
tickets, the Journal said, quoting Cory Garner, American’s
director of distribution strategies.

AMR Corp could not be immediately reached for comment by
Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

American removed its listings and other features from Orbitz
last month, saying it needed to cut distribution costs. It also
contended the model used by online travel agencies prevents it
from offering the lowest possible fares. [ID:nN21266485]

Expedia dropped American Airlines’ tickets from its listings
on Sunday, saying the airline’s new commercial strategy is
“anti-consumer” and “anti-choice.” [ID:nN02141669]

Orbitz and Expedia did not immediately respond to phone
calls seeking comments by Reuters outside regular U.S. business
hours.
(Reporting by Abhinav Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by David
Holmes)

American Air sees deal with online agents-WSJ