American Airlines and Sabre have agreed to extend their current content agreement “well into 2012,” until 14 days after AA’s antitrust claims against Sabre are resolved.

In a letter to corporate agencies, Derek DeCross, AA’s vice president of global sales, said that legal proceedings could last well into 2012, with the trial pending in Texas state court and no trial date set.

Until the trial is over, he said, travel agencies and corporate customers will have full access to AA’s content via the Sabre GDS.

“This agreement ensures regular, uninterrupted access to our content through the Sabre GDS, as American continues to pursue an equitable resolution of our claims in the courts,” DeCross said. “In the meantime, American will continue to work with Sabre to define the basis of our future relationship.”

In a separate statement, AA spokesman Ryan Mikolasik said that the agreement eliminated the need for a preliminary injunction hearing that had been scheduled for late September, in which AA was seeking to stop Sabre from negatively biasing the airline's fares in GDS displays.

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