Now apparently while this is a done deal the "i's" are not yet dotted and the "t's" are not yet crossed. With 6 million segments at stake and with Amadeus' ties to European airlines there is a chance of a last minute "dropping of the pants" in Madrid to stop Sabre making this happen.
Anyone else out there in France know any more?
UPDATE - Sabre's own website has picked up my post in their "Sabre In the News" section but with no hint of a denial.
UPDATE 2 - Given the scepticism of some readers I have gone back to my source for confirmation on this rumour. My insider stands by her story. She says the rumour has been doing the rounds within Sabre's European customers for a couple of months. She should know as she works for one.
UPDATE 3 - Spoke this evening (June 5) with a spokesperson from Amadeus. They said
"The rumour is more advanced that than the reality...CWT regularly review their suppliers and partnerships as part of prudent business practice."This is not a denial of the rumour but is a clear comment that Amadeus believes they are still in the hunt to retain this client and that the sales battle is not over yet.