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Thu, 18 April 2019

OpenJaw to Create NDC Platform for ANA

All Nippon Airways is working with Ireland-based OpenJaw Technologies (OpenJaw) to create a New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform.

OpenJaw's NDC platform will eventually enable distribution partners to link directly to ANA's reservation system, streamlining the booking process for consumers.

"OpenJaw is a perfect partner for ANA since both companies place an emphasis on setting the standard for excellence in their respective industries," said Akihiko Miura, Executive Vice President of ANA. "As we collaborate to streamline the booking process, ANA is proud to have a partner that shares its values."

ANA Boeing 737 reg: JA18AN taking off from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

With new customization options, the NDC platform represents a shift in how tickets will be purchased through distributors. The integrated ANA NDC Platform will also deliver wider opportunities for passengers to purchase optional services - such as lounge access - through the distributor's webpage.

"We are proud to have been chosen as ANA's preferred technology partner for NDC," said Kieron Branagan, CEO of OpenJaw Technologies. "According to IATA, the NDC standard will enable airlines to transform the way air products are retailed by addressing the industry's current distribution limitations. OpenJaw is an IATA NDC and IATA ONE Order Strategic Partner with Level 3 NDC Certification and is committed to transforming airline retailing through the use of NDC standards."

 Roll-out of the new platform is expected in the second half of the fiscal year 2019.

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