TPConnects’ First Airline Customer Now Live with IATA NDC with the Latest Publication of the NDC Standard.

October 29, 2015 in Flights by cipcipTrip

TPConnects, a technology solution provider to the global trade today confirmed that its Travel Aggregator platform based on IATA NDC’s XML-based data transmission standard is now live for its first airline customer in United Arab Emirates.

The announcement of the first airline delivering live transaction with IATA NDC standard in Africa and Middle East region was made by IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, during the IATA Middle East and Africa Aviation day in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 27th October.

By adapting the NDC Standard and using TPConnects platform, the airline will be able to differentiate its products and services, distribute the entirety of the product portfolio, including ancillaries and promotional fares, present the airline’s products in an attractive manner using rich format like photos and videos, expand the amount of information available on each product: attributes, facilities, policies, passenger reviews etc. and offer value-added products and services when applicable in addition to other non-air product offerings like hotels, cars, activities, event and concert tickets and insurance.

Kristine Fernandez, Director Business Development at TPConnects said; “We are glad that our first airline customer went live with IATA NDC. With the airline industry under extreme financial pressure, stiff competition, consumers grow increasingly tech-savvy and mobile, TPConnects booking and distribution tool with NDC standard assist airlines to adopt a merchandising strategy that not only takes the need of travelers into account, but also achieves the main goal of airline to increase its profits and shift from a service provider to a retailer.”

With TPConnects aggregator platform, travel agents are now able to search, compare and sell all the products and services of the airline including ancillaries and non-air products such as hotels, car, activities and insurance. With volume business, airlines are now able to negotiate better rates from the non-air product suppliers which will eventually benefit the end customers. Alternatively, the switch model enables the travel agents to plug their own credentials and contracted rates from suppliers.

TPConnects is using IATA NDC standard to connect to many airlines, and GDS’s to receive up-to-the-minute flight availability, pricing and offers, both bundled and unbundled.

TPConnects merchandising solution let airlines create and distribute tailored customer offerings.