Tag Archives: IATA

Travelport Aims For Mid-2019 For ‘Fully Integrated,’ NDC-Ready Point-Of-Sale System

By | May 10, 2018

When will NDC really start to make a difference at corporate travel points of sale? Maybe next year. That’s when Amadeus expects to start testing its New Distribution Capability solution with corporate agencies, and when Travelport expects to provide agencies complete content aggregation in a single workflow. A first step for Travelport, planned for this summer, is a… Read More »

Attendees See IATA/Travel Management Company Meeting As A Good, If Belated, Start

By | March 15, 2018

Travel management company executives said they were happy that the International Air Transport Association engaged them during a first-of-its-kind meeting in Geneva last week. The gathering kicked off IATA’s new Global Travel Management Executive Council. The effort was a long time coming, some said as they pushed aside their complaints to focus on the positives. So what was… Read More »

Amadeus Forms Dedicated NDC Unit

By | February 20, 2018

Amadeus put together a new unit focused on IATA’s New Distribution Capability. Called NDC-X, it’s led by Amadeus VP Gianni Pisanello. “We have been involved in NDC for quite some time,” Pisanello said. “We were the first to bring NDC into production in 2014, with United Airlines. We were waiting for a certain maturity in the market and… Read More »

Aiming To Control The Offer, Delta Works To Release APIs ASAP

By | February 6, 2018

Delta’s public support for the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability is relatively tepid. That doesn’t mean it’s not exploring alternatives to traditional connectivity. In a Tuesday interview, officials discussed their focus on application programming interfaces and a clear desire to assume control over the “offer.” Shifting that control to airlines from global distribution systems may be… Read More »

NDC Registration Isn’t Meaningless, But Also Doesn’t Say Much

By | January 29, 2018

Airlines, tech companies and travel agencies can register with the International Air Transport Association for certification on the New Distribution Capability. Air France-KLM and Hogg Robinson Group are among the latest to do so. What does this certification mean? Mostly, it’s a sign. A carrier that has done what it takes to get registered (AA, BA, United) is showing it publicly… Read More »

On NDC’s Seemingly Contrived Inclusion In The Latest Airline Distribution Announcements

By | October 12, 2017

The new, Amadeus-endorsed model for airline distribution with International Airlines Group may or may not take hold among more travel management companies or even other GDSs. For now, it’s constructive to review the role of IATA’s New Distribution Capability. When IAG announced a GDS surcharge in May, NDC was the industry’s ticket to fee-free British Airways and Iberia… Read More »

Blockchain Startups Differ On Paths To Disruption

By | September 25, 2017

Will blockchain disrupt processes, companies or nothing at all? The question is playing out in the contrasting market approaches of distribution startups Blockskye and Winding Tree. The former is careful. It’s into change from within. It’s talking to the old guard. The latter is boastful and aggressive. It’s using dubious claims to generate investment interest. The more aggressive… Read More »