Top News Travelport completes first Qantas flight with NDC bookings By TTG Asia / Posted on 24 March, 2021 14:45 Travelport has started the roll out of bookings on Qantas using IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC), ahead of NDC booking capabilities being extended gradually to agencies across Australia and New Zealand from April. Early adopters ATPI and Maxim’s Travel issued the first Qantas NDC tickets via Smartpoint, Travelport’s agency desktop solution. The first passenger to fly via an NDC booking travelled from Sydney to Melbourne on March 18. Travelport celebrates first NDC-booked travellers on Qantas With both Smartpoint and Travelport’s API connection now capable of booking Qantas’ NDC content, this successful step marks one of the final milestones in Travelport’s partnership with Qantas to launch its NDC-enabled Qantas Distribution Platform for agents. From April, Travelport-connected agents in Australia and New Zealand who have signed up to the Qantas channel will be able to make NDC bookings using Smartpoint or Travelport’s API. Kyle Moore, head of customer strategy at Travelport, said: “Passengers actually travelling on journeys created via NDC are the best testament to the rigorous efforts that Qantas, Travelport, ATPI, Maxim’s Travel and all our test agencies have invested in successfully enabling modern travel retailing. “Sharpening our customers’ competitive edge by giving them access to unique and personalised content… is a key part of Travelport’s next generation platform being the best travel retailing platform available in the marketplace.” Igor Kwiatkowski, Qantas executive manager, global sales & distribution, said: “Despite the significant impact of Covid on airlines globally, Qantas remains committed to progressing our NDC programme with our key partners like Travelport. “We’ve launched a number of new features in recent months, including special price offers for our Frequent Flyers and the ability for agents to help their customers purchase carbon offsets. These benefits are all designed to deliver richer content and a better experience for our customers and agency partners.” NDC bookings made through the Qantas Distribution Platform will empower agencies to deliver more enriched and personalised experiences for travellers.