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Deregulation lands among airfare websites: New rules could give some carriers an advantage in the way ticket prices are listed for customers.

Date: August 2, 2004
Author: Jim Fuquay
QUOTE: Now, instead of the top listing rotating among equals, an airline could buy the top listing - and that bias could be a significant advantage.

ABSTRACT: Federal rules making reservation systems rotate which airline is listed first when fares are equal has expired, allowing airlines to purchase the top listing, and the option to withhold special fares that may be available on the Internet. People using travel agents may be disadvantaged when the regulations meant to give access to all airlines no longer restrict some willing to pay higher prices for advertising. --- O. Overman

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