Navitaire granted IATA NDC certification

Navitaire has been awarded level three new distribution capability (NDC) certification–the highest certification possible for IT providers–from International Air Transport Association (IATA), the company said.

By achieving the top-tier designation, Navitaire and its advanced reservation, merchandizing and digital solutions have been recognized for their ability and compliance with the NDC XML-based set of standards put forth by IATA as the wave of the future.

The status recognizes that Navitaire supports deployments using offer and order management messages whose schemas are compliant with the standard NDC message schema, version 1.1.3.

The Navitaire NDC Gateway serves as a communication and translation layer between the NDC XML schemas and the New Skies reservations system core. This enables clients to build on New Skies´ sales and ancillary capabilities.

New Skies is a comprehensive airline passenger sales and management solution providing integrated Internet sales, mobile booking and check-in, ancillary revenue-generation, day of departure and real-time reporting capabilities.

New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard that will enable retailing opportunities through indirect channels, such as the GDS and travel agents.