NDC: New sales channels to boost airline recovery

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Travel service firm ATPCO has announced the addition of Farenexus Group, FlightBridge, Onriva, and Winding Tree as new sales channels to it’s NDC Exchange platform. The new channels are expected to go live in the next few weeks.

Discussing the development Tom Gregorson, chief strategy officer at ATPCO, said: “COVID-19 will continue to have dramatic effects on the airline industry, and recovery will likely be a long road ahead. Implementing NDC Exchange reduces costs by offering plug and play connectivity to a wide range of services which are critical during the COVID-19 downturn, and at the same time help push airline recovery efforts forward.”

“Scalable tools that make connections easier”

Graham Wareham, director of business development and partnerships at ATPCO, said: “The current climate provides the perfect opportunity to push technology forward and implement scalable tools that make connections easier. The addition of these sellers to the NDC Exchange community reinforces our focus on making more NDC airline content available on more channels so that airlines have a more consistent product offering wherever travellers are buying their flights.”

“Innovation is alive and kicking right now in the industry”

 ATPCO is also working with Farenexus to solve some real-life use case as proofs of concept (POC) initiatives that may ultimately become part of the NDC Exchange service. The POCs cover the inclusion of consolidator fares; inclusion of ATPCO’s Routehappy content to drive the Next Generation Storefront (NGS)™ calculation, and a centralised check-in service for interline tickets.

“Innovation is alive and kicking right now in the industry, and Farenexus Group couldn’t imagine partnering with any other organisation but ATPCO to create solutions that maximize value for the industry,” said Ravi Kumar Panwar, CEO of Farenexus Group. “We are already exploring these concepts that can help the industry in recovery and beyond, and we’re excited by the possibilities.”

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