Top News Sabre achieves two new milestones on NDC journey By TTG Asia / Posted on 26 August, 2020 10:41 Sabre Corporation has acquired Level 4 certification as an aggregator under IATA’s NDC Certification Program, with support from Flight Centre Travel Group, while airline partner Belavia Belarusian Airlines has received Level 3 certification using Sabre’s NDC capabilities. Sabre is now a Level 4 NDC aggregator recognised by IATA’s NDC Certification Program The company’s Level 4 NDC aggregator certification confirms its technical ability to support a set of criteria related to full offer and order management capabilities, and demonstrates progress in facilitating omnichannel retailing, distributing intelligent airline offers and developing scalable capabilities for travel intermediaries. Commenting on Sabre’s achievement, John Beauvais, global head of supply, Flight Centre Travel Group, said: “As one of the largest leisure and business travel agencies in the world, our priority has always been to drive the NDC roadmap in order to ensure our customers benefit from the opportunities that NDC presents. “We have worked closely with Sabre as a lead partner in their Beyond NDC initiative to help achieve this over the last two years. However, in the post-Covid era, NDC will play an even greater role in travel distribution. The fact that Sabre is IATA Level 4 certified will enable our travel consultants to access an even wider choice of content and provide their customers with an even greater degree of personalisation.” Meanwhile, Minsk-based Belavia Belarusian Airlines has become the first carrier globally to achieve IATA’s Level 3 certification using Sabre’s airline IT NDC capabilities. The airline also launched Sabre’s base level NDC capabilities across its network. “As we ramp up our operations in response to the easing of global lockdowns, our customers are increasingly demanding personalised experiences and flexibility,” said Uladzimir Barkun, deputy director general, IT (CIO) of Belavia Belarusian Airlines. “NDC plays a key role in enabling us to fulfil those expectations, helping us to market our content more effectively. Making our content available through all channels – including NDC – will ultimately help us in our recovery efforts, and we are grateful to Sabre for partnering with us to make this happen during such a difficult time for the travel industry,” Barkun added.