UK-based travel commerce platform Travelport (NYSE: TVPT) has announced it has become the first GDS operator to manage the live booking of flights using the International Air Transport Association´s (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) technical standard, the company said.
The first transaction was made by a British agency, Meon Valley Travel, on Friday 19 October for a short-haul low-cost flight from London to Milan issued by a major European carrier. It was managed on the latest Travelport Smartpoint agency point of sale. The new capability allows bookings to be made for any services on the airline without incurring a surcharge. It is the first of a series of products Travelport is developing to accommodate changing airline distribution methods.
Travelport (NYSE: TVPT) provides distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world´s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel marketplace. The company also provides critical IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions.