If you’re familiar with the travel industry, then you’ll know there are plenty of acronyms to familiarise yourself with. But there’s a new kid on the block; NDC. If you like to keep up to date on the latest travel news, then you’ve probably already stumbled upon NDC – but what exactly does it mean?

In short, NDC stands for New Distribution Capability. Still not entirely sure what that means? Let us break it down.

What is it?

The New Distribution Capability is an industry supported program launched by IATA. It was designed with travel agents in mind, to enhance and improve the capability of communications between airlines and agents. It enables the travel industry to completely transform the way that air products are retailed.

How does it do that?

The New Distribution Capability Standard was brought about to address some of the current issues faced by agents in the industry, these include: product differentiation and time to market. It works by using an XML-based transmission standard – which is an electronic way of sharing structured data – to distribute the entirety of an airlines product portfolio, so that the end-client/user has access to every single available fare and ancillary, in a user-friendly setting.

Who can use it?

The NDC Standard is available for anyone to use, whether you’re an IATA member or not. If you’re an agent then you can implement NDC for your travellers.

We hope you now have a better understanding of what NDC is, and how it works. If you’re still eager to understand it in more detail, then subscribe or stay tuned to our blog this month, where we’ll be sharing a series of blog posts discussing the benefits and the future of NDC. Follow us on social media to keep up to date with our latest posts.