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American Airlines Pulls Fares From Orbits Website US Airways To Follow

August 27, 2014 – On Tuesday American Airlines withdrawn its fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz. American Airlines Group notified Orbitz it also will withdraw US Airways fares on September 1, 2014. Corporate clients that use Orbitz for Business to book travel are not affected by this change. 

"We have worked tirelessly with Orbitz to reach a deal with the economics that allow us to keep costs low and compete with low-cost carriers," said Scott Kirby, President American Airlines. "While our fares are no longer on Orbitz, there are a multitude of other options available for our customers, including brick and mortar agencies, online travel agencies, and our own websites." 

American expects these changes will have minimal disruptions for its customers. Customers can continue to purchase tickets and all options for travel on American and US Airways through through their websites. American and US Airways fares are also available through reservations agents and other travel agencies. 


Tickets already purchased through Orbitz websites remain valid for travel, but changes to reservations must be made through each airline's reservations department. 

Orbiz released a statement that stated “American Airlines has notified Orbitz Worldwide that as of today, its flights will not be available on Orbitz sites. Our sites offer hundreds of airlines which are eager to capture the revenue American is choosing to forego and we will continue to show our customers a broad range of flight options to thousands of destinations in the U.S. and worldwide. Orbitz for Business is not impacted”. 

Orbitz Worldwide Inc. (OWW) shares fell to a three month low in a dispute over a new contract. It is expected that Orbitz will see a 1.8 percent cut in revenues this year. Back in 2010, American withdrew from Orbits over it fees.


Update - August 30, 2014 - Orbitz announced on Friday that it had reached a deal with American Airlines, enabling the carrier’s fares to be placed back on the site. “We are pleased that our long-standing relationship with American Airlines allowed us to quickly resolve business matters and that we continue to offer a broad range of options, including American Airlines and US Airways flights, to the millions of shoppers who book travel on our global sites each day,” Orbitz President Sam Fulton said in a statement.  American Airlines said the two companies had entered into a letter of intent to end the dispute. “The companies are working toward final agreements based on the letter of intent,” the Fort Worth-based airline said in a statement.


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