Following agreements by Travelport and Sabre, Amadeus has now entered into a "medium-term" contract to extend its full-content agreement with American Airlines.
Amadeus isn't detailing what the duration is of its medium-term agreement.
Sabre and American Airlines previously agreed to extend their content agreement until 14 days after a state court in Texas decides the airline's antitrust litigation against Sabre.
So with interim agreements with three major global distribution systems lined up, the great GDS-American Airlines showdown of 2011 over direct-connect and economic issues has apparently been pushed well into 2012.
Under the Amadeus-American pact, Amadeus travel agencies in the US (including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) and the Caribbean will continue to have access to American Airlines' fares and inventory without the fear of surcharges being leveled against them.
Amadeus is committed to delivering broad and relevant distribution content to our subscribers around the world, and to best serve the interests of both travel agents and travelers. We are sending an email letter to our U.S. travel agency customers today regarding this development. American Airlines will also be issuing a brief press release as well.