Every few years when airlines’ contracts with GDS companies are slated to expire, the two sides engage in posturing, righteous indignation and veiled and not-so-veiled threats. Then, because their shared history and mutual dependence lock them into a relationship not unlike conjoined twins who are rather sick of each other, they come to terms, sign contracts and coexist until the next round. So a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that American Airlines’ ...

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