Travelport’s NDC Leadership Council met earlier
this month to discuss NDC developments and technical
considerations necessary to successfully implement NDC across the
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.
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 in Q4 2019.