Qatar Airways has confirmed plans to follow Lufthansa with a New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform.
The airline will partner with Farelogix to pilot the NDC channel, the airline’s chief executive Akbar Al-Baker announced at an Iata symposium in Hamburg.
No date for implementation or any details of fees has yet been disclosed.
Qatar Airways is the first to follow the German carrier in attempting to bring more of its distribution under its own control.
Lufthansa angered agents last September when it added a €16 surcharge to any bookings made outside its own channel via GDSs or other intermediaries.
Airlines argue that despite technological advances, GDSs still make it difficult for them to add on ancillary sales such as seat reservations. However, opponents of NDC say they are anti-competitive because they make fares not booked direct with the airline more expensive.