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British Airways and IAG Sister Carriers Reach NDC Distribution Agreement With Travelport

British Airways and IAG sister carriers Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling have reached a New Distribution Capability (NDC) agreement with London-based Travelport. The agreement will allow the carriers to offer more price points and ancillaries through travel retailers.

British Airways Airbus A320 Taxiing to Runway - Courtesy British Airways

On Thursday (December 2, 2021), British Airways announced that along with their sister IAG airlines Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, they have reached a New Distribution Capability (NDC) agreement with London-based technology company Travelport, a world leader in travel retail that operates in over 180 countries. Travelport powers travel bookings for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels worldwide, and the agreement will enable modern travel retailing. By channeling their NDC content through the next-generation Travelport+ platform, British Airways and the other IAG airlines will be able to offer travel retailers a wider range of content, including additional price points and ancillary products, while leveraging modern digital retail tools such as intelligent storefronts for effective merchandising.

In Thursday’s announcement, British Airways’ Head of Distribution and payments, Katy Cardwell, said,

“Our new agreement with Travelport is an exciting addition to NDC, creating greater opportunities for all partners in the travel ecosystem. This supports our vision of moving towards a more innovative way of travel retailing, giving Travelport subscribers access to a greater choice of new and better products and services, including Additional Price Points and ancillaries, which are only available via NDC and add significant value.”

Also commenting on the new NDC agreement, Iberia’s Sales Strategy and Distribution Director, Celia Muñoz Espin, said,

“We welcome Travelport to NDC, as an important part of the innovative and far-reaching transformation that is happening in the industry. This significant agreement is focused on providing added value to customers with access to our exclusive NDC products and fares. Travelport is a trusted provider of technology within the travel industry as it evolves towards next generation travel retailing. It is important for Iberia to partner with technology providers that have proven expertise and fulfils the demand for customer-focused innovation.”

Travelport’s Vice President of Global Enterprise and Air Partners, Chris Ramm, added,

“Unlocking the potential of sophisticated multi-source content like NDC, by making it easier for the trade to access and sell, is a key part of our plans for Travelport+. We are hugely excited to be working alongside a partner like IAG, which shares our vision for modern travel retailing.”

Source(s): British Airways, Travelport


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