Amadeus has announced it will be one of the partners providing distribution technology for Flight Centre Travel Group’s business across 17 countries in EMEA and Asia.
Flight Centre will also be a driver customer in the creation of Amadeus’ new NDC-enabled solution, as well as give input into its design for travel sellers.
This means travel sellers like Flight Centre will be able to give customers a richer choice of fares and the option to book NDC-powered ancillary services within an already familiar working environment, according to Amadeus.
Flight Centre’s travel agents will adopt Amadeus Selling Platform Connect and integrated mobile and business intelligence capabilities in the following markets: EMEA (the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Namibia and the UAE) and Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India). In Australia and New Zealand, Amadeus will also provide technology solutions for some of Flight Centre’s OTA businesses.
Rajiv Rajian, executive vice president of business travel at Amadeus, said: “As we progress on our NDC-X programme, we’re also evolving our entire travel platform to bring together all relevant content from any source (GDS, NDC, proprietary APIs, and aggregators) to be distributed via any channel or device. The first evolution of our platform is underway and will give travel sellers, like Flight Centre, access to more content, and will give airlines (greater) flexibility to distribute their products and offers.”
Amadeus is aiming to attain NDC level three certification as an aggregator this year, followed by delivering a first fully scalable solution to travel sellers worldwide in 2019.