Travelport has made its first API-connection
bookings for Qantas using IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC)
The bookings are being made in a live production test
environment as Qantas prepares distribution of differentiated NDC
This is the first live production Qantas NDC
booking through Trip Services, Travelport’s new API.
Travelport’s agency partners taking part in the
testing program, including ATPI and Maxim’s Travel have been
successfully coding to the Trip Services API since early in Q3 and
Q2 2019 respectively.
The development is the next step in
Qantas’ plans for the Qantas Distribution Platform (QDP) which is
dedicated to offering an improved customer experience by enhancing
the airline’s retailing, booking and servicing capabilities and
delivering enhanced personalized content tailored to meet a
travelers’ unique needs.
Travelport first made a live NDC booking in
October 2018, and has now connected to five airlines’ NDC content.
Early adopter test agencies have made live bookings through
Travelport’s desktop solution, Smartpoint, as part of a phased
roll out over the last year.
Jason Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer – Travel
Partners at Travelport, said, “We know our customers need to be
able to consume content regardless of its source. It’s exciting to
see Trip Services processing live API bookings for customers as
the next step in the ongoing delivery of our multi-source content
roadmap. NDC delivery is complex and requires collaboration from
all parts of the travel industry and we are grateful to our test
agencies for partnering with us to ensure we deliver an NDC
solution which makes the process of buying and managing travel
continually better for everyone.”
NDC Explained -
Yanik Hoyles, IATA.