Sabre en­lists NDC part­ners

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FLIGHT Cen­tre, Carl­son Wagonlit Travel and Amer­i­can Ex­press Global Busi­ness Travel are among sev­eral “travel in­dus­try giants” who were overnight named as launch part­ners for Sabre Cor­po­ra­tion’s new “Beyond NDC” tech­nol­ogy pro­gram.

Beyond NDC is de­scribed as a “col­lab­o­ra­tion ini­tia­tive char­tered to drive the in­dus­try for­ward” through the de­vel­op­ment, in­te­gra­tion and test­ing of ca­pa­bil­i­ties to process of­fers and or­ders un­der IATA’s New Dis­tri­bu­tion Ca­pa­bil­ity (NDC).

Amer­i­can Air­lines is also part of the pro­gram, with Sabre Travel So­lu­tions pres­i­dent Dave Shirk say­ing the part­ner­ships would al­low Sabre to “bring to mar­ket NDC-en­abled so­lu­tions that go beyond shop­ping and book­ing to in­te­grate with the re­tail­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and ful­fil­ment sys­tems that sup­port the travel ecosys­tem”.

“Launch­ing this pro­gram with such heavy­weights il­lus­trates that we are look­ing past the near-term goals of NDC to de­fine the fu­ture of in­tel­li­gent air­line re­tail­ing at scale in both di­rect and indi­rect chan­nels,” Shirk said.

In May Sabre un­veiled a roadmap to of­fer NDC-en­abled so­lu­tions by the end of 2018, with Flight Cen­tre Travel Group head of air busi­ness Greg Parker say­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion would de­liver “ex­cit­ing, next-gen­er­a­tion so­lu­tions and drive con­sis­tency in the end-to-end process”.

More info on the Beyond NDC pro­gram at sabre.com.

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