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American Airlines said Wednesday overall ticket sales have risen on a year-over-year basis in the wake of its ongoing commercial disputes with
"Our results to date show that consumer choice is alive and well and that our customers continue to have thousands of options to purchase American's competitive fares and convenient schedules," said Derek DeCross, a vice president and general sales manager at American Airlines, in a statement. "It is also clear to us that other online travel sites and traditional travel agencies are capitalizing on this market opportunity to gain business."
American Airlines removed the schedules and airfares for its flights from Orbitz.com and Web sites powered by Orbitz.com on Dec. 21 and the company contends Expedia "began discriminating" against its flights on Dec. 23 "by listing them lower in the search display than those of other airlines."
American Airlines said the year-over-year increase is roughly comparable with what it was seeing earlier in December but the company added that it's seen a shift in sales to other channels, such as
, and its own Web site, AA.com.
Shares of the airline operator closed Wednesday's regular session at $7.78, up 6 cents. Year-to-date, the stock is roughly flat.
Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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