Farelogix Launches NDC-Xpress
Brings NDC to life for airlines seeking a low risk, accelerated solution for delivering differentiated content to the indirect channel
MIAMI—September 8, 2014—Today Farelogix announced the launch of NDC-Xpress, a technology solution that enables airlines to implement New Distribution Capability (NDC) with minimal risk and unprecedented speed to market. Building on the core technologies of the flagship FLX Airline Commerce Gateway, NDC-Xpress delivers airline-controlled merchandising, pricing, and API distribution in a SaaS model, with implementation delivered in less than six months using the latest NDC schemas (Version 1.1).
NDC-Xpress enables airlines to immediately begin generating new revenue streams from the sale of value-added services in the agency channel. In addition, significant cost savings may be realized through the delivery of content across multiple indirect channel outlets (i.e., GDSs and other third party aggregators) via a single, standardized XML API inclusive of a common and supported implementation structure.
“The focus of NDC-Xpress is speed to market for the long overdue delivery of airline ancillaries, merchandising, rich content, and value-added services in the agency channel,” said Jim Davidson, President and CEO at Farelogix. “With the final approval of IATA’s Resolution 787 (NDC) by the US Department of Transportation and the competitive push for airlines to offer dynamic and differentiated content across channels – beyond airline.com – the timing could not be better for Farelogix to deliver a solution that brings NDC to life, quickly and to the benefit of all parties.”
“NDC Solution providers, such as Farelogix, will play an essential role in the growth and marketplace adoption of NDC,” said Aleks Popovich, IATA Senior Vice President of Financial and Distribution Services. “The introduction of NDC-Xpress, using proven technologies adapted for the latest version of the NDC standard, is evidence of the flexibility and speed to market an open standard such as NDC makes possible.”
NDC-Xpress entrusts airlines with the power to make their own offers to compete for customers by giving them control over their own shopping and merchandising engines, as well as their own standardized XML API to deliver rich content and dynamic offers to the travel agency channel. An NDC-Xpress implementation consists of three straightforward steps: (1) Farelogix establishes a normalized connection to the airline host system (PSS); (2) the airline configures its pricing and merchandising engines to define product/service offers and corresponding business rules; and (3) the airline distributes its differentiated content to travel sellers via its new NDC XML API.
Flexibility is another key attribute of NDC-Xpress, enabling the airline to choose the pace and scope of its NDC project. “We’re seeing a range of NDC engagements, depending on the carrier priority and vision,” said Davidson. “Some are ready for the full NDC-Xpress, which delivers comprehensive shopping, booking, order management, and fulfillment capability in a standardized XML API. Others just want to start with a focus on the shop process, in which a simpler ‘NDC Shop-Xpress’ implementation makes sense. The point is to get started quickly and use a technology platform that will evolve with the airline’s NDC and merchandising vision.”
The Farelogix/Open AXIS Group schema was chosen by IATA as the baseline for its NDC XML. With sixteen airlines already integrated with XML connectivity and connections to nine PSS providers, Farelogix continues to lead as the most experienced provider of NDC- aligned solutions. Interested airlines can email email@example.com to learn more about getting up and running with NDC.
Farelogix is a recognized leader and innovator in the travel industry. Its groundbreaking technology is modernizing the airline commerce and distribution landscape and is used by several of the world’s leading airlines. The company’s flagship Airline Commerce Gateway is a technology platform comprised of fully integrated and optimized components for airline-controlled distribution, shopping, pricing, merchandising, and retailing across channels. Recognized for its pioneering role in creating the distribution innovation known today as NDC, Farelogix now provides NDC (Level 4 certified) distribution for more than 17 airlines with connectivity to all major PSS systems. Farelogix is headquartered in Miami, Florida with an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For additional information, visit www.farelogix.com.