BCD Travel Designated NDC-Certified Level 3 by IATA
By Harvey Chipkin
BCD Travel has been designated NDC-Certified Level 3 by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), which provides the only official industry certification program in support of the New Distribution Capability 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 GDS, aggregators and TMC’s or direct to consumers. 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.