Click Travel and British Airways have been selected to trial the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new ‘Settlement with Orders’ solution, which is designed to simplify the management of payments.

The new B2B settlement system is an extension to and uses IATA’s NDC and One Order standards, which provide a single reference number for each booking, linking all related transactions.

Historically, any changes were given a new, separate ticket number, which then had to be manually cross-referenced.

According to Click Travel, Settlement with Orders takes this concept further by allowing third parties to build and develop automated payment processes using the same single reference number.

Click Travel’s chief product engineer Robin Smith (pictured), who was named an Industry Influencer in the 2019 BBT Hotlist, explained: “Settlement with Orders will automate what is currently an overly-complicated and manual process for all booking agents, meaning any changes, payments, or refunds can be auctioned much faster – which will only be a good thing for customers.

“The pioneering work we did with IATA on NDC meant we were perfectly positioned to assist with this trial; we have our own engineering team and booking platform, so we’re ready and able to adapt our systems in support of innovative plans like this.”

Ian Luck, head of distribution at BA, added: “Settlement with Orders will improve the billing and settlement process for both airlines and TMCs. It will simplify the IT infrastructure, remove process duplication and enable automatic reconciliation. We are pleased to be working on this pilot with Click Travel and IATA.”

Click Travel said an offline pilot is due to take place in October and November, with a live trial planned to start in Q2 of 2020.

Thibaut Ruy, head of the Settlement with Orders programme at IATA, said: “We are pleased to welcome British Airways and Click Travel as participants in the pilot programme for Settlement with Orders. By joining this initiative, they are helping to support the digital transformation of the industry’s legacy order fulfilment and settlement systems.”

clicktravel.com; ba.com; iata.org

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