CWT, the travel management platform, has announced it has taken another step toward making wide-scale NDC adoption a reality with a new pilot program that will see its travel counselors making live NDC bookings for customers via its global distribution technology partners. CWT will commence booking and servicing NDC-enabled content on Singapore Airlines and Air France-KLM through the Amadeus Travel Platform in August. In addition to corporate negotiated rates, the pilot covers certain unique NDC-enabled content on these airlines. For Singapore Airlines, this will initially include special discounted fares while additional amenities, like paid seats and extra baggage, will be added to the program at a later date. With Air France-KLM, CWT’s customers will be able to access the airline’s continuous pricing offers, while seat bundles and sustainable aviation fuel options will be introduced in the near future. Through 2022, CWT will expand the pilot to include other airlines on both the Amadeus and Sabre platforms. Erik Magnuson, CWT’s vice president of product management, travel content and connectivity, said this initiative “represents another big step in taking the promise of NDC from theory to practice.” He said that despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, CWT has worked closely with its airline and technology partners to innovate and advance key NDC initiatives over the past two and a half years, and continues to do so. There is still some way to go before NDC can be adopted at scale and its full potential is realized, said Magnuson, “but our customers are already beginning to reap some of the benefits, while still keeping their core travel program priorities intact.”