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04/02/2019

NDC Solutions White Paper 3rd Edition - Results of the study on IT solutions built around the NDC standard

As 2018 reflects the steady progress of the NDC adoption, with 65 NDC certified deployments and GDSs becoming Level 3 NDC aggregator, Sia Partners has updated its NDC Solutions White Paper commissioned by IATA.This third edition brings out how year after year, NDC solutions are becoming more mature and sophisticated, answering to airlines' evolving needs. The study also highlights how IT providers show a good understanding of possible challenges such as managing greater volumes of data and the complexity of interline.

NDC (New Distribution Capability) is an XML-based data transmission standard for the travel industry launched by IATA to enable API distribution.  As more airlines adopt the standard and IT providers build solutions, IATA is keen to provide transparency and visibility on how solutions from NDC-certified and NDC-capable suppliers actually comply with the vision of NDC described in resolution 787. As part of its initiative to support adoption of NDC, IATA selected Sia Partners to carry out an annual survey and analysis of a selection of the NDC-based IT solutions currently available.

This year the study has gathered 25 participants, including 5 new participants. Sia Partners has interviewed the participants and analyzed their solutions through an in-depth questionnaire. IT providers were invited to describe their NDC solutions; identify how the solution’s features match the NDC reference architecture, NDC principles and business process descriptions; and highlight the company’s NDC roadmap. The information gathered in the questionnaires was used to build a comprehensive view of IT solutions provided across the whole distribution chain, from airlines to aggregators to sellers. The study focused on understanding the dynamics and ambitions of all players. The results brought to light the expectations for NDC solutions in the next two to three years that will help airlines to make better decisions for their NDC programs.

The NDC Solutions White Paper (third edition) is available at www.iata.org by clicking here.
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