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May 09, 2013

American inks new distribution deal with Amadeus

American Airlines announced it has a new distribution deal with Amadeus, a global distribution system.

Under the agreement, travel agencies that use Amadeus will be able to continue booking tickets on American through the Amadeus system. The two companies will also work on a new technology connections that will allow travel agents to book ancillary items such as Main Cabin Extra, an additional fee that gives passengers more legroom and can board the flight in the first group.

"Amadeus has shown an ability to adapt its technology to our business needs and we appreciate this spirit of partnership," said American's vice president of global sales Derek DeCross.

American has been trying to lower the booking fees it pays global distribution systems like Amadeus and Sabre. The carrier has also been working on technology for travel agents to directly connect to its reservation system, bypassing the GDSes.

-Andrea Ahles


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