After years of theorizing, arguing, piloting and "will-it-or-won’t-it-happen?" speculation, the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability is gaining some ground as an operational reality. This month, IATA reported that 15 airlines have deployed at least part of the industry standard it published in September 2015. IATA also claimed that 20 of the world's top 25 airline groups have deployed or plan to deploy NDC. The progress prompted program director Yanik Hoyles to declare, "NDC is now mainstream."
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