It is relatively rare that contract disputes between online travel agencies and airlines reach the public domain unless they are at a breaking point. We'll undoubtedly hear more about this soon.
[UPDATE: Expedia said United threatens to move some of its flights from Expedia’s sites starting February 11. Read more here.]
Expedia Group has filed a lawsuit against partner United Airlines growing out of a contract dispute.
The civil complaint, filed in Southern District of New York Monday, is under seal.
As of Monday afternoon, United’s flights were still available on Expedia.com.
It is relatively rare that contract disputes between online travel agencies, on the one hand, and airlines or hotel, on the other, reach the public domain unless they are at a breaking point.
Airlines have gone missing on online travel agency websites in the past. One of the more high-profile disputes involved American Airlines and Orbitz Worldwide, which tangled over distribution costs and direct-connect issues starting in 2010. Orbitz took a substantial financial hit from the skirmish, which dragged on before being resolved in 2014.
An Expedia Group spokesperson decline to comment about its complaint against United. A spokesperson for United Airlines, citing pending litigation, wouldn’t comment.
Although the cases are likely unrelated, Ryanair and Expedia are locked in a lawsuit in the State of Washington, with Ryanair alleging that Expedia accesses Ryanair’s flight schedules and fairs without permission.
Subscribe to Skift Pro
Subscribe to Skift Pro to get unlimited access to stories like these ($30/month)Subscribe Now
Photo Credit: A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Expedia sued United over a contract dispute. United Airlines
Top Travel Booking Apps: Look Who’s Winning the U.S. Now
Shifting consumer tastes in travel booking apps recently gave Hopper a boost over Booking.com and other rivals. But can the challenger brand sustain its lead?
Sean O'Neill | 9 hours ago
Why This Top United Airlines Exec Jumped to a Tech Vendor
The story of why Tye Radcliffe, who had been the top distribution executive at United, recently took a role at Accelya suggests a broader tale about a shift in tech dynamism between airlines and vendors.
Sean O'Neill | 5 days ago