October 26, 2018

Travelport claims a first in GDS NDC booking

Travelport says it is the first GDS operator to manage the live booking of flights using IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) technical standard.

The first transaction was made by a British agency, Meon Valley Travel, on October 19 for a short-haul low-cost flight from London to Milan issued by a major European carrier, which was not named.

According to the travel commerce company, the booking was managed on the latest Travelport Smartpoint agency point of sale. The new capability allows bookings to be made for any services on the airline without incurring a surcharge, and marks the first of a series of products that the company is developing to accommodate changing airline distribution methods.

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