Amadeus NDC content surpasses 20 airlines with the addition of Lufthansa Group

Lufthansa Group has signed an agreement with Amadeus to offer its NDC sourced content via the NDC-enabled interfaces of the global distribution system.

The agreement covers offers from Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings Discover, bringing the number of Amadeus NDCs to more than 20 airlines. The GDS already contains NDC content from Air France-KLM, British Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and others.

Lufthansa Group content, including ongoing pricing and a range of ancillary services, will start rolling out in the fourth quarter of this year with additional content and functionality added over time.

“The Lufthansa Group remains fully committed to shaping the aviation industry and modernizing air travel experiences for our passengers,” says Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the SWISS Management Board.

“I am excited that with the signing of this groundbreaking distribution agreement, which also enables the introduction of two NDC models, we are continuing our journey to modernize airline retailing together with our long-term partner Amadeus. Together, as industry leaders, we will substantially accelerate the penetration of modern industry standards, such as NDC, on a global scale.”

Amadeus Travel President Decius Valmorbida says that online travel agencies and API-based subscribers have been early adopters of its NDC solutions, and the company is also seeing strong interest from the travel segment. corporate, looking for after-sales. reservation service that Amadeus can now provide through NDC.

Looking ahead, Valmorbida says Amadeus’s three priorities for NDC include continued development of that post-booking support, search capabilities that combine the logic of the old EDIFACT system with the new NDC interfaces, and a comprehensive approach that displays content. where necessary.

“The integration to all the other systems that essentially, let’s say, drink from the source, which is the content. You have the booking tool, you have the itinerary management, the mobile apps,” he says.

“You have a bunch of downstream systems where you would like to see content not only be available at the similar point of sale, so that the agent can transact, but also throughout this omnichannel approach where you would like to see content across all parts”.

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