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AFTA welcomes the decision by the USA Department of Transport (DOT) on IATA’S New Distribution Capability (NDC)

May 26, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Overnight, the United States Department of Transport (DOT) announced a tentative approval of the IATA Resolution 787 which is known as NDC.

The NDC resolution 787 outlines a new XML-based data transmission standard which is proposed to be adopted by the travel industry for the ongoing distribution of airline tickets and ancillary products.  XML makes it easier, faster and cheaper to provide information about fare alternatives, ancillary services, onboard amenities and graphics such as pictures or seat maps.

While the DOT has placed some conditions on the approval and there is a period during which parties can make submissions and comments on the tentative approval, this is a milestone in the development of the NDC.

“AFTA has been involved via many global discussion forums and meetings about the NDC and the approval process by the DOT and this announcement provides some future clarity for the direction that NDC can now take” said Jayson Westbury CEO AFTA.

“The NDC has drawn many comments from all parts of the travel distribution chain from across the world and AFTA has been in support of new standard provided it brings future facing capability to travel agents” said Westbury

“The tentative approval embeds several conditions which will enable all interested parties to move forward and work on outcomes that will being mutual benefit to travellers, travel agents, technology companies and airlines for the future” he said.

Details about the NDC can be found at

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