The Lufthansa Group of airlines and Sabre Corporation announced a new, mutually flexible distribution agreement “that enables modern airline retailing as well as technology innovation.” Under the agreement, which covers the carriers Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines, Sabre will continue to distribute Lufthansa Group airlines' content through traditional connectivity to hundreds of thousands of travel agents and thousands of corporations through its global distribution system (GDS). In addition, the agreement enables the distribution of Lufthansa Group airlines' content via the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard in the Sabre travel marketplace. After the planned launch next year, the diversified NDC program will give Sabre-connected travel agencies globally the ability to access Lufthansa Group airlines' content through the Sabre marketplace and by signing up to one of the two available commercial models for NDC. The deal ends a protracted period of negotiations In  May, Lufthansa emailed travel agencies to inform them that Sabre had terminated their distribution agreement effective June 30 and that Lufthansa Group content would be withdrawn from the platform at that time. The companies later agreed to maintain the content while discussions continued.