British Airways is the first airline to use the new ARC Ticketing Authority API (application programming interface), an optional service that enables airlines to instantly confirm US-based travel agencies’ ARC accreditation status and ticketing authority. British Airways said it will leverage the tool as part of its NDC strategy in partnership with Hopper, one of its direct-connect partners. British Airways expects to continue leveraging the API as it expands its NDC connections with other U.S.-based agencies. Another early adopter, Qantas, is Ticketing Authority API-ready and is preparing to launch NDC capabilities in the US market. Rogier van Enk, head of distribution at British Airways, said the service will help the carrier build successful NDC connections with its US-based agency partners. He said the API gives the airline confidence that it will present NDC offers only to those agencies in good standing with ARC and with whom British Airways has a ticketing relationship.