Posted July 17, 2017

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2017

LETTERS: ATPCO, BCD Travel And Pass Consulting Write In

ATPCO product strategy manager 
David Smith and Pass Consulting Group CEO Michael Strauss separately submit letters about the complexities of airline content aggregation. BCD Travel execs share thoughts on the Sabre Synxis breach. Read More »
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Posted June 30, 2017

TMCs Weigh Options On American's Distribution Model

Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but. Read More »
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Posted June 27, 2017

Concur Leans On Travelfusion For Airline NDC Connections

Concur has established its own direct connections to a few airlines so bookers can access content not readily available through global distribution systems. However, the SAP-owned T&E giant now is leaning on aggregator Travelfusion to hook up with carriers using the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, Concur SVP of supplier services Charlie Sultan said last week during a panel at an American Airlines NDC summit in Dallas. Read More »
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Posted June 23, 2017 - Dallas

American Lures Agencies To Adopt NDC Connections With Content And Cash

In front of an audience of travel agency partners, distributors and travel tech providers here today, American Airlines is announcing a program that seeks agency buy-in to its New Distribution Capability-based distribution strategy. The optional program entices agencies to adopt NDC-based distribution methods with the promise of financial incentives, new servicing functionality and enhanced fare and ancillary content. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2017

PwC Pipes In Flybe Corporate Fares In Multi-Party NDC Effort

In February, U.K.-based regional carrier Flybe proclaimed itself "the first airline in the world to successfully implement the New Distribution Capability standard to the entire value chain of business travel industry stakeholders." The airline had successfully piped negotiated corporate fares to client PwC through the KDS booking tool. It did so in conjunction with aggregator Travelfusion, travel management company HRG and Flybe's passenger services system provider Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which was renamed DXC Technology this month. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2017

Sabre, Travelport Achieve IATA NDC-Certified Status For Ancillary Sales

The International Air Transport Association certified Sabre Travel Network and Travelport as aggregators that have demonstrated the ability to support its New Distribution Capability standard for airline ancillary sales. As such, Travelport and Sabre became the first and second global distribution systems, respectively, to achieve some level of NDC-capable status as aggregators, while Amadeus remains "in progress," according to IATA. Read More »
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Posted September 15, 2016

GDS Trade Bodies Form 'Counterpart' Group On IATA Standards

Two trade bodies representing global distribution systems and online travel agencies informed the International Air Transport Association this month that they have established a new working group "to be the distribution industry’s counterpart of IATA in matters of airline distribution and financial services standard setting." Read More »
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Posted June 3, 2016

No GDSs Or TMCs Are 'NDC Capable' Yet, Based On IATA Certification

The International Air Transport Association on Friday published a registry of airlines, aggregators, IT providers and travel agencies certified by the airline body as "capable of delivering NDC-certified products." None of the global distribution systems have been certified, and only three travel agencies were included. Not one is a corporate travel management company. Read More »
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