American Airlines reaches settlement in antitrust case with Travelport

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American Airlines has settled claims that Travelport Ltd. colluded with other reservation systems to stifle competition in providing flight data to travelers.

The companies reached a new distribution agreement that will require the approval of the court presiding over the AMR Corp. bankruptcy, according to a joint statement issued Wednesday.

No specific terms were given.

The accord resolves all litigation between the companies, according to the statement.

Fort Worth-based American filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in Dallas in April 2011, accusing Travelport, which is based in Atlanta and controlled by Blackstone Group, and other online reservation systems of conspiring to block the carrier from entering the electronic flight data and reservations market.

The dispute was triggered by American's move to provide flight reservation data and service directly to travel agents. In October, the airline resolved disputes with Southlake-based Sabre Holdings.

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