The dispute between American Airlines and one of the major online travel agencies, Orbitz, has escalated. The two sides wound up in court in Chicago over it, and American won a round yesterday (Tuesday). The airline stopped giving its ticket inventory to Orbitz as part of an effort to drive more business to the American Web site and save money that it now pays other sites, such as Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity, and the big global distribution systems that serve traditional travel agencies, to sell its tickets. Read more about it here, with some analysis and reaction from those representing American's best customers.
UPDATE: A complete story, explaining the background of what's going on and including more reaction from the travel business, was published Thursday in the trade paper Aviation Week. Find the story here.