BCD Travel achieves IATA Level 3 NDC certification
UTRECHT, September 24, 2019 – Global business travel management company BCD Travel today announced that it has been designated NDC-Certified Level 3 by IATA (International Air Transport Association), the organization that launched the New Distribution Capability (NDC) data transmission standard.
IATA provides the only official industry certification program in support of the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard. The purpose of the NDC Certification Program is to confirm the scope and level of a particular entity’s capability to receive and send XML-based communications from and to airlines using IATA NDC transmission standards. NDC, in turn, gives airlines greater flexibility to differentiate and sell their products via third-party intermediaries (like global distribution systems, aggregators and travel management companies) or direct to consumers.
“As an industry leader in shaping multisource content and distribution strategy, our emphasis is on the benefits to our customers. Seven years into NDC’s development, we see more activity within the IATA Leaderboard airlines [airlines who have set a target to deliver at least 20% of their indirect volume through NDC-capable application programming interfaces by 2020]. This, in turn, means greater traction for NDC overall as the airline content distribution standard of the future,” said Thane Jackson, BCD’s Senior Vice President of Distribution Strategy.
BCD’s NDC certification is the latest step in its drive to deliver the benefits of NDC to clients. BCD previously struck channel booking deals with Qantas, Air France/KLM and British Airways/Iberia, and was the first global TMC to sign an NDC agreement with Lufthansa Group. BCD also participates in Amadeus NDC [X], Sabre’s Beyond NDC and Travelport’s NDC program.
Jackson added: “We’re committed to continuing to source the content that’s relevant to our clients’ programs. But NDC isn’t a ‘one and done’ project for BCD or any other party in the distribution chain. Significant steps have been taken toward providing content via NDC connectivity at scale—but challenges and limitations remain in addressing the multiple integration points (including third-party online booking tools), reporting and duty of care requirements of complex corporate travel. We look forward to continuing to work with clients to mitigate the impact of those limitations, and with our industry partners to move past them.”
About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,800 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate, with 2018 sales of US$27.1 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.fi.
About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), BCD Meetings & Events (global meetings and events agency), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir, Flugladen and Vayama), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 14,900 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$29.8 billion in 2018, including US$10.7 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.