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Amadeus creates NDC-X programme

Distribution evolution

Amadeus has launched a dedicated programme for New Distribution Capability called NDC-X.

The programme will bring together experts from across Amadeus’ business and will focus on practical use cases of the data transmission standard, testing and learning about NDC to deliver improved capabilities for the industry.

Amadeus says the programme is a continuation of its previous work towards the digitalisation of the industry and the creation of commercial possibilities to build on NDC.

Gianni Pisanello, who has held various leadership roles within Amadeus’ airlines business on the IT and distribution side, will lead the new NDC-X programme.

Pisanello commented: “For NDC to truly take off, we need to create a real standard not only for the protocol itself, but also for how it’s implemented. We also need to ensure that it responds to travel seller requirements, and that it has the right economics to drive investment. At Amadeus, we recognise that we have a responsibility to make NDC work for all travel players, and that’s what we will be doing through our NDC-X programme.”

Julia Sattel, SVP of airlines at Amadeus, added: “NDC holds great potential for the travel industry, and it is part of a bigger picture of digitalisation as airlines and travel sellers are testing new ways to adapt their businesses and improve services provided to the traveller.”

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