As Sabre achieved IATA’s level three NDC certification as an aggregator, adding to its existing level three capability as an IT provider, it has also expanded its Beyond NDC programme by entering into strategic relationships with additional airlines and agencies including United Airlines, BCD Travel, Finnair, American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services, Singapore Airlines and Corporate Travel Management.
Beyond NDC is Sabre’s collaborative innovation initiative chartered to drive the industry forward through the development, integration and testing of end-to-end capabilities to process NDC-enabled offers and orders. Companies committed to the programme are participating with Sabre in the solution design process.
“IATA level three certification is another key step in developing holistic NDC-enabled solutions and we’re proud of this achievement, but the real work is being done in close collaboration with our airline and agency partners,” said Kathy Morgan, Sabre vice president of NDC.
Already, nearly 80 per cent of all air shopping in Sabre Red Workspace, the next-generation travel agency platform, starts with schedule and availability queries. Together, United Airlines and Sabre are working on schedule- and availability-led shopping solutions that were presented to attendees of IATA’s NDC Implementation Forum earlier this month.