The number of agencies kicking the tires on booking, ticketing and servicing airline content through Travelport's systems in accordance with the New Distribution Capability standard has expanded.
On April 1, U.K.-based travel management company CTI will introduce a white-labeled version of the Atriis online booking and content aggregation system. Called Plannet, the tool will pipe in supplier content via application programming interfaces, global distribution systems and online travel agencies.
BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.
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.
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.
The International Air Transport Association is concluding the "first five-year cycle" of its New Distribution Capability standard-making initiative and embarking on the next, two-year phase to "drive a critical mass of NDC transactions," according to presentation slides for remarks NDC program director Yanik Hoyles delivered this week.
Many travel agencies are content to use the agent desktops that the global distribution systems provide for free. Not Portman Travel.
American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection.
Through the end of the year, the Lufthansa Group will offer a 1 euro per-segment incentive for travel agencies in the U.K. and Ireland that book through its Farelogix-powered SPRK point-of-sale application, the group announced.