Posted December 12, 2018

BA Trials Long-Haul NDC Fare Differentiation

On Tuesday, British Airways began testing new inventory buckets in business and economy classes on Boston and Dubai routes, some of which only are available for purchase through the airline's direct channels or New Distribution Capability-compatible connections. Read More »
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Posted December 3, 2018

Tramada Turns On Post-Booking NDC Plumbing With CTM

Last week, a group of travel management companies in an open letter likened New Distribution Capability to a "half-built house." They want to deliver on the standard's promise of richer content for clients, they wrote, but they must enable their own new distribution capabilities to "fulfill customer requirements of comparability, policy control, cost management, reporting and duty of care." Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2018

Urged 'To Do More' On NDC, TMCs See A Key Role And 'A Half-Built House'

A group of 15 travel management companies, including American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Egencia, signed an open letter in response to travel buyers who had urged the industry "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard and account for buyer needs. Read More »
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Posted November 26, 2018

BCD Travel To Test NDC Bookings With Lufthansa Group, Non-GDS Aggregators

BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators. Read More »
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Posted November 5, 2018

Parent of BA And Iberia Touts NDC Gains A Year After GDS Surcharge Launch

British Airways and Iberia parent International Airlines Group told investors last week that 17 percent of its indirect distribution volume is flowing through application programming interfaces or New Distribution Capability-based connections. IAG director of strategy Robert Boyle said the group is well positioned to beat the target of delivering 20 percent of indirect volume by 2020 as a participant in the International Air Transport Association's Leaderboard initiative. Read More »
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Posted October 24, 2018

Travelfusion Becoming A Bigger Player On The Still Small NDC Stage

Travelfusion handled 30,000 NDC bookings in September, up from 10,000 in March, CEO Moshe Rafiah told The Beat last week. He expects 35,000 bookings in October and projects 20 percent growth monthly for the foreseeable future. Read More »
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Posted October 23, 2018

Travelport Claims A GDS First With NDC Flight Transaction

A U.K.-based travel management company last week transacted a flight booking on Travelport's Smartpoint point-of-sale system in accordance with the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability standard. Travelport claimed to be the first major global distribution system to do so. Read More »
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Posted October 16, 2018 - Atlanta

GUEST: Travelport CEO On Airline Control And Commercial Models In An NDC World

Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson kicked off The Beat Live event this month and addressed airline control and commercial models in the context of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard-making endeavor. Read More »
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Posted September 13, 2018

Buyer Group Urges Corporate Travel Industry 'To Do More' On NDC

A group of travel buyers urged airlines, global distribution systems, online booking tools, travel management companies and travel managers "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard to meet buyer needs. Read More »
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Posted September 7, 2018

IATA Plans New NDC Certification Levels As Program Looks To Scale

The International Air Transport Association plans to add two certification levels for its New Distribution Capability program "in early 2019," which will require airlines, aggregators and sellers to adopt additional application programming interface messages and, at the top tier, demonstrate ability to support high-volume NDC-based airline distribution. Read More »
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