Experts say New Distribution Capability could revolutionise booking air travel. Andrew Doherty discovers how agents can benefit.
Whether you’re familiar with New Distribution Capability (NDC) or not, it’s becoming clear that the technology is edging closer to industry-wide adoption.
Here Ludo Verheggen, Amadeus’s director of global air content adoption strategy, gives the inside track on NDC, explaining how the technology can benefit travel agents who embrace it.
Simply put, the NDC programme is Iata’s new data standard for XML-based data communications, which will give airlines the ability to distribute their content through third parties.
In March, Amadeus announced an extended collaboration with Flight Centre, which originally began in 2018, to test the enhanced graphical user interface of the NDC-X enabled Amadeus Selling Platform Connect – a cloud-based booking and fulfilment service.
“NDC is essentially a tool for airlines to sell their product in a more modern way,” Verheggen explains. “NDC-X is the term we coined when we brought our IT and business teams together to focus on the practical uses of the technology.”