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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has sponsored New Distribution Capability (NDC) to replace the outdated legacy messaging system known as Edifact. In addition, IATA has mandated that air travel shopping and purchasing move from the current three-order system (passenger name record, electronic ticket receipt, and the electronic miscellaneous document) to a combined One-Order system. This article examines NDC and One Order as innovation platforms supporting new ideas and capabilities, and bringing air travel distribution into the 21st century.Analyst: Bob OffuttTopic: Technology InnovationResearch Type: Report
The European payment landscape stands at a crossroads. While traditional forms of payment like credit or debit cards, cash and check, still dominate in most markets, travel suppliers and intermediaries across the region are using new country-specific forms of payment, electronic funds transfer, virtual cards/virtual account numbers, prepaid cards and even smartphones.Analysts: Bing Liu, Ralph Merten, Norm RoseTopics: Business Travel, Consumer TrendsSegments: Air, Car Rental & Ground Transportation, Cruise, Hotels & Lodging, Online Travel Agencies, Rail, Traditional Agencies & TMCsRegion: EuropeResearch Type: Report
For nearly two years, the Lufthansa Group was alone in Europe in its efforts to establish direct connect as a new standard in airline distribution. Finally, the New Distribution Capability (NDC) seems poised to become a real air distribution standard. This analysis focuses on the status of airline distribution in Europe and the outlook for airlines, OTAs, TMCs, corporations, GDSs and technology providers.Analyst: Dirk RoglTopic: Technology InnovationRegion: EuropeResearch Type: Report