Airline industry embraces new distribution standards
Abu Dhabi, October 22, 2012
THE IATA Passenger Services Conference adopted a resolution on a foundation standard for a New Distribution Capability (NDC) during the World Passenger Symposium in Abu Dhabi last week.
With around 60 per cent of all air tickets by value currently sold indirectly through travel agencies utilising GDS technology, the NDC aims to create a set of open XML standards that will modernise airline retailing by enabling innovation in the way its products are distributed.
Once implemented, the NDC will allow airlines to offer personalised offerings to passengers, who will also have access to all airline products and services regardless of distribution channel. It will also facilitate new entrants into the distribution sector, resulting in increased competition.
“A foundation standard for the NDC is the first step to enabling the development of open XML standards that will be available for all interested providers to work on and develop their own offerings,” said Aleks Popovich, senior vice president, industry distribution and financial services, IATA.