Finnair pilots NDC tech with Skyscanner to boost online bookings
Vantaa, Finland, March 3, 2017
Finnair has joined forces with Amadeus and Skycanner to launch a new Application Programming Interface (API) based on IATA's NDC (New Distribution Capability) XML messaging standard, allowing travellers to book its flights and ancillaries directly without leaving the Skyscanner platform.
Rogier van Enk, Finnair’s head of commercial strategy, distribution & data science said: “This new solution adds yet another option for our partners to sell the full range of Finnair offers with an assisted booking through our systems – especially startups – and at the same time, it can greatly enhance the customer experience.”'
Stuart Middleton, commercial director at Skyscanner, added that the direct booking platform integrating the Amadeus NDC API will "open up new and deeper partnership opportunities with airlines moving forward".
Amadeus' new NDC API offers an additional distribution option for travel retailers to integrate Finnair’s flights, seats and ancillaries, adding to the travel technology giant’s existing assisted booking portfolio aimed at boosting conversion for airlines in the meta channel, according to Manuel Midon, Amadeus’ managing director, airline business, Northern & Western Europe.