American Airlines adds Sabre to antitrust lawsuit

* American Airlines adds Sabre to antitrust suit

* Airline claims “anti-competitive” practices

 

CHICAGO (Reuters) – American Airlines said Wednesday it added Sabre Holdings Corp to its federal antitrust lawsuit originally filed against Travelport Ltd, which seeks to stop “exclusionary, anti-consumer and anti-competitive” practices.

The amended lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Sabre, which operates a global distribution system that sends airline fare information to travel agents, did not immediately comment.

American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp, filed a lawsuit last month accusing Orbitz Worldwide Inc and air fare data provider Travelport of making American’s fares look higher to customers than they were. But it also has been battling Sabre, which owns Travelocity, over how its fares are presented.

US Airways Group Inc also has claimed in a lawsuit that Sabre shuts out competition and drives up prices. Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division is probing whether third-party ticket-sellers have violated antitrust law, with American Airlines, US Airways and Sabre saying they have been contacted as part of the investigation.

American said that in addition to requesting injunctive relief from the defendants’ actions, the airline seeks unspecified monetary damages.

The suit is American Airlines, Inc., vs. Travelport Limited, a foreign corporation, and Travelport, LP, and Orbitz Worldwide, LLC No. 4:11-cv-00244-Y in United States District Court for the Northern District Of Texas Fort Worth Division.