Amadeus has announced that it has renewed its Level 3 certification on the latest version of IATA’s new distribution capability (NDC) standard.

Altea 18.1 was released in March this year and Amadeus is now the first to achieve Level 3 certification on the new version. The standard is generated based on a new aviation industry data model, which IATA has developed in partnership with Amadeus and other industry figures.

The aim is to provide a “consistent industry repository and methodology to help define the use and structure of new and existing standards,” according to Amadeus.

Dianni Pisanello, VP of Amadeus’s NDC-X programme, said: “We’ve been working hand in hand with IATA and other industry partners to test and improve this latest version of the standard, which will help to drive industrialisation and adoption. Version 18.1 and the new data model means that NDC messages between airlines and third parties – whether aggregators, travel sellers or corporations – now have a more defined structure.

“In simple terms, this means that we are getting a step closer to the milestone when all the industry players will be able to speak and interpret the NDC language in the same way, which is a key benefit for the whole industry. We’re pleased to be the first company to be certified on the 18.1 version, as proof of our ongoing partnership with IATA and our commitment to making NDC work for the industry.”

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