Travelport Wins Court Victory Against AA

AA Loses its Injunction Appeal

Sep 22, 2011, 12:44 ET from Travelport

ATLANTA, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Appellate Court yesterday affirmed Travelport's preliminary injunction against American Airlines. 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. 

The ruling further supports one of Travelport's damages claims against AA given AA's improper termination of Orbitz's ticketing authority. 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 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.

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Travelport is a broad-based business services company and a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions to companies operating in the global travel industry.

With a presence in 160 countries, approximately 3,500 employees and reported 2010 revenues of $2.3 billion, Travelport is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS) business, which includes the Galileo and Worldspan brands and its Airline IT Solutions business, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business and data analysis solutions for major airlines.

Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures, and Travelport management.

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