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American Airlines is talking to Expedia and Orbitz (about the WRONG stuff)
Nonetheless, American is still betting on Direct Connect as its preferred way to distribute inventory. Dow Jones explains:
"Ultimately we will see all travel agency volume going through Direct Connect," Garner said, referring to the American distribution system at the heart of its dispute with parts of the industry. That would include the GDS providers, whose contracts with American are due to expire later this year.
What makes this interesting is the fact that American isn't backing away from its primary reason for pulling out of Orbitz ... which triggered the defensive move by Expedia. So, the words strike me as vapid, since the major issue isn't being addressed (at least not in public).
There is a rumor that Priceline has signed on for Direct Connect, but all involved are keeping their lips sealed.