First Published on 10th September, 2018
NDC schemas supporting a consistent interpretation of the standard, the availability of an implementation guide to support use cases and no major need for one to rework on the processes after implementing the 17.2 version have strengthened the case for going ahead with NDC.
The industry is gradually coming to grips with massive changes. An industry-wide as well as a collaborative effort is being made to ascertain what needs to be done to provide a more robust offer and order structure. The industry today stands at a crucial juncture as far as embracing airline retailing is concerned. Every step in the process is expected to bring in a change. For instance, NDC will continue to create e-tickets. “But once we move to ONE Order there will be no tickets,” mentioned Ian Tunnacliffe, Owner at IFT Consulting, who was recently in Bangkok and Phuket for Ai’s #MegaAPAC and #ATPS conferences, respectively. According to him, the majority of live NDC implementations are point to point. As for what to expect from here on, Tunnacliffe says, “NDC adoption will continue to increase slowly with GDSs driving the most growth. Also, the arrival of ONE Order will boost the take up of NDC but large-scale adoption is likely to be several years away.”
Tunnacliffe spoke to Ai’s Ritesh Gupta about the industrialization and mass adoption of NDC.
Hear from senior industry executives about NDC and ONE Order at the upcoming Mega Event Worldwide (Ancillary, Loyalty & Co-Brand Conferences) to be held in Long Beach, California (31st October – 2nd November, 2018).