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Doha: the NDC and IATA standard could be partially activated in 2015

The U.S. government has approved its implementation


The thousands of leaders of global airlines currently gathered in Doha at Qatar Airways for their annual general meeting will certainly not overlook these topics: the slowdown of the Asian economy, the lessons from the Malaysia drama and like always the NDC since the U.S. government has approved its implementation.



Tony Tyler, the IATA director is all smiles: the timing of the NDC implementation is accelerating. Originally scheduled for 2017, it could be partially activated as early as 2015 in some U.S. companies. photo/dr
Tony Tyler, the IATA director is all smiles: the timing of the NDC implementation is accelerating. Originally scheduled for 2017, it could be partially activated as early as 2015 in some U.S. companies. photo/dr
The IATA is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the centenary of commercial aviation.

Symbolic to say the least, the association of 240 companies in the world (84% of the world’s traffic) is currently holding its general assembly in Doha at Qatar Airways, one of the Gulf airlines that has forced European companies to reinvent themselves if they want to stay in the race...

This is not the first time that the association holds its annual meeting in the Middle East. Tony Tyler, the IATA's General Director reminded but also to emphasized that in the last ten years the share of the world’s travel carried by the Gulf airlines increased from 4 to 9%.

And this is only the beginning if we look at the aircrafts that have been ordered…

Besides, it would not be a surprise if Etihad took advantage of the spotlight on Doha to (finally!) announce its stake in Alitalia's capital.

The thousands of participants at the General Assembly have several issues to consider: the state of the global economy, the lessons from the crash of flight MH370, environmental issues and .... the NDC.

The new XLM standard that will underlie the resale of aircraft goods by travel agencies as part of the NDC (new distribution capability) is now entering into a more active phase.

The NDC has been largely amended with respect to the initial project...

On the eve of the IATA General Assembly, U.S. regulators have given the green light to the use of the NDC but not without having amended it largely with respect to the initial project.

If price comparison will be facilitated with a clearer rise in ancillary costs, it will not be mandatory to provide information on the profile of the potential customer to obtain company offers as had been originally planned.

Yet has the power of the NDC been restrained? What will be the business approach of a company with a customer who took the effort to provide client profile? Improved tariff, reduced ancillary costs, attractive hotel proposals: everything is possible – the sky is the limit....

Already, a Chinese company from the Hainan Group, in collaboration with the local GDS, Travelsky, has been actively experimenting with the NDC for several months.

Other companies are also working on it discreetly. We know that Air France/KLM is one of the companies that led the project and must follow the progress closely.

But with the official U.S. authorization (Resolution 787) in hand, companies across the Atlantic can now work on installing experimental phases.

And the timetable for implementation of the NDC is accelerating. Originally scheduled for 2017, it could be partially activated as early as 2015 in some U.S. companies.

The IATA members are free to choose if they want to adopt this new standard, but we can predict that competitive pressure will be strong enough to make the NDC global in just a few years...

Written by Geneviève BIEGANOWSKI translated by Joséphine Foucher the 03/06/2014
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