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Amadeus achieves level 3 NDC standards

THE International Air Transport Association (Iata) has had a certification process in place for the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard, for the different industry stakeholders to show their capability to support NDC messaging. Amadeus has now renewed its level 3 certification for Altéa NDC on 18.1, the latest version of the standard, which was released in March this year.

Gianni Pisanello, vice president, NDC-X programme at Amadeus said: “We’re pleased to be the first company to be certified on the 18.1 version, as proof of our ongoing partnership with IATA and our commitment to making NDC work for the industry.”


Travelport, Qantas sign multi-year deal

TRAVEL commerce platform Travelport confirmed signing a multi-year agreement with Qantas Airways that includes distribution of the Australian national carrier’s content and integration into Qantas’ recently announced NDC platform, the Qantas Distribution Platform (QDP).

Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising solution has been deployed, giving over 65,000 of Travelport-connected travel agencies globally access to images of cabins and meals. These agents will also be able to book ancillaries such as extra legroom seating.

Stephen Shurrock, Travelport’s chief commercial officer, commented, “This agreement is testament to Qantas’ commendable forward-looking vision. Travelport is proud to be a global pioneer of NDC connections with the airline. Whether it’s the deployment of Rich Content and Branding or our new NDC capabilities, Travelport is uniquely equipped to support Qantas in optimising content distribution globally.” 


Sabre prepares NDC-enabled solutions

Sabre Corporation expects to achieve several critical milestones on its journey to offer NDC-enabled solutions by the end of the year. Intelligent retailing that leverages Sabre’s data, depth and industry leadership will bring value to airlines and agencies, and customers will have the ability to offer personalised shopping experiences similar to world-class retailers in other industries. 

“NDC standards introduce tremendous opportunity for Sabre’s business, our customers and the industry overall – to the ultimate benefit of travellers as we model a new and differentiated travel experience,” said Kathy Morgan, Sabre’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “To bring the promise of NDC to life, our capabilities will go beyond shopping and booking and will integrate with the retailing, distribution and fulfilment systems that support the travel ecosystem.”

As one of the few companies best positioned to deliver an end-to-end NDC solution, Sabre’s “Beyond NDC” initiative extends far beyond the upcoming introduction of its API. In the fourth quarter Sabre will bring to market the industry’s first Digital Airline Commercial Platform, marking a major advancement in the capabilities airlines will have to seamlessly leverage data-driven insights to dynamically and intelligently market their services, fulfill across all channels, and deliver a personalized customer experience. More advanced capabilities will follow in 2019, including NDC-enabled offer and order management, giving its airline customers a competitive edge to truly differentiate their offerings.


Dubz innovation takes flight

DUBAI’S Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) continues its support of innovative start-ups with its backing of DUBZ, a baggage storage and delivery start-up. Following advisory services and market access to leading aviation players provided by the Department, DUBZ has recently partnered with dnata, one of the world's largest air services providers, to introduce two new innovative baggage services at Dubai Airport.

DUBZ first gained exposure during the first-ever Dubai Tourism Start-Up Competition, ‘Futurism’, organised in strategic collaboration with GITEX Future Stars. The platform provided the aviation-centric start-up with valuable opportunities to connect with investors and industry pioneers and share their innovative ideas for technological solutions for travellers across the world.

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