Sabre has confirmed that flight and fare content
from the troubled airline, Air India, is no longer available
through its GDS system.
The two companies have been partners for over 20
Kristin Hays, vice president – global
Sabre, said, “We are very disappointed that Air
India decided to withdraw from Sabre. We believe that access to
Sabre’s global network of travel agencies provides great value to
Air India. We have worked with Air India for the better part of a
year to reach a new agreement, in anticipation of the existing
contract expiring and after receiving a termination notice from
the carrier. Unfortunately, after extensive negotiations, we have
been unable to come to a new agreement. Our teams will continue to
work with Air India to finalize an agreement that meets the needs
of Sabre, Air India and travel buyers.”
The Indian airline has been looking for a new
investor since 2018 and speculation is rife over whether the
airline will be able to remain in business.
“Sabre remains committed to GDS agreements that
meet our airline customers’ unique needs while also balancing the
needs of the travel buyers who rely on Sabre for robust travel
content,” added Ms. Hays.