Tag Archives: NDC

TMCs Get To Work On NDC

By | July 12, 2018

[CORRECTION, July 13, 2018: The original version of this article incorrectly identified one of the owners of Atriis. Along with Israel’s Amsalem, the other co-owner is Vision Capital, a U.K.-based private equity firm.] Some travel management companies are coming to grips with the New Distribution Capability, and they’re not going it alone. Global distribution systems, agency networks, tech… Read More »

IATA Fully Certifies Amadeus For Distribution Using NDC

By | July 9, 2018

Amadeus became the tenth company in IATA’s New Distribution Capability program certified as a Level-3 aggregator, according to IATA’s NDC Registry. Amadeus previously achieved Level 3 certification, the highest level, as an IT provider. The certifications indicate a company’s ability to handle messaging via an NDC-compliant application programming interface. For aggregators, that means consuming such APIs made available… Read More »

Mark Meader On IATA’s One Order

By | June 26, 2018

[CORRECTION, June 28, 2018: The International Air Transport Association projects its New Distribution Capability initiative to achieve critical mass by 2020, not 2022 as originally stated here, according to a spokesperson. This article has been updated to reflect that projection.] The travel industry still is trying to understand the consequences of IATA’s New Distribution Capability. That hasn’t stopped… Read More »

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 »

With A ‘Neutral’ Impact From GDS Fee, Lufthansa Banks On Channel Shift

By | April 20, 2018

When Lufthansa Group in mid-2015 informed the market of a new distribution strategy, one stated objective was to lower associated costs. The company expects to prove wrong the skeptics and start achieving that by the end of 2018. Lufthansa’s financial reporting does not offer enough detail to completely validate progress, but there are indicators of short-term pain for… Read More »

Lufthansa More Than Doubles Direct Channel Discount On Some Fares

By | April 6, 2018

According to published reports in Europe, Lufthansa Group on April 5 began discounting by 20 euros some short-haul economy-class roundtrip fares when booked through direct or NDC-enabled channels. This is on top of the 16 euro surcharge Lufthansa, Austrian and Swiss currently apply on bookings through global distribution systems, effectively more than doubling the disadvantage in traditional, indirect… Read More »

BCD Travel Joins In With New Fees For Non-Standard Bookings

By | April 4, 2018

BCD Travel last month alerted clients to a formalized program that charges them extra for supplier bookings which are more costly to support, joining rivals American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. According to multiple sources, BCD Travel identifies such reservations as including those that must be booked or serviced outside global distribution systems. Also covered by the… Read More »