Technology company Travelport has signed a new multi-year content agreement with TAP Air Portugal that includes a commitment to deliver NDC standard connections.

The news follows the recent announcement that the airline will launch the TAP Content Channel on 1 January 2020, which will allow agents and TMCs to access preferred content immediately. It will also enable the companies to develop NDC distribution capabilities.

“We are delighted to sign this new agreement with TAP Air Portugal and support the airline as it introduces the TAP Content Channel with the intention of adding NDC distributed content in the future,” commented Mike Rock, head of Europe, air partners at Travelport. “We have reached many NDC-related milestones over the last 12 months, from being the first GDS operator to manage the live booking of flights using NDC to making the first GDS connection to Qantas using the standard. We therefore feel uniquely positioned to support our customers as they prepare for the new era of distribution.”

Paula Canada, marketing and sales director of TAP Air Portugal, added: “The travel industry is constantly evolving and Travelport’s technology will help us continue to deliver on our vision. The TAP Content Channel is the next step forward in our journey and we are confident it will deliver substantial value to our customers.”

Travelport also recently penned a deal with Singapore Airlines, which announced its KrisConnect Programme to leverage the NDC standard.;

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