Langley, 24 October 2019: Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry is today sharing the findings discussed in the September meeting of its NDC Leadership Council. Travelport’s NDC Leadership Council convenes leaders from airlines, travel agencies, travel management companies and corporations with Travelport’s own technology, product and air commerce teams to discuss NDC developments and technical considerations necessary to successfully implement NDC across the travel industry.
Qantas and United Airlines representatives were joined by counterparts from American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, DNATA Travel and Priceline at the September NDC Leadership Council meeting.
As a result of their discussions, the NDC Leadership Council identified focus areas to ensure the development of an NDC solution that is able to operate at scale across the travel industry. The topics discussed included:
- Architecture and technology representatives will consider the opportunities and challenges of NDC, including latency and asynchronous search with the aim to tackle issues before they arise.
- Given the complexity of deploying NDC for certain travel intermediaries, the NDC Leadership Council will also evaluate how to eliminate roadblocks in making technical changes for those intermediaries, for example consolidators.
Commenting on the actions resulting from this meeting, Ian Heywood, Global Head of New Distribution at Travelport said; “Our NDC Leadership Council is focused on discussing best practices in the implementation of NDC and committed to sharing the learnings from our discussions with a wide audience. NDC will be most beneficial if it works for all parts of the travel industry so getting a group of leaders together to identify developments is a productive way to continue to drive the NDC conversation and for airlines, travel intermediaries, corporate partners, and consumers to fully realize the potential benefits of NDC. We’re grateful to our airline, agency and corporate partners for lending both their time and their expertise to the Council.”
The NDC Leadership Council meets three times each year. The next meeting will take place later in 2019.