Air France-KLM and Travelport, a worldwide leader in travel retail, today announced that they have reached a commercial agreement to enable the distribution of the airline group's NDC content via Travelport+, Travelport's next-generation content distribution and travel retailing platform. Agents need to sign bilateral access agreements with Air France-KLM and Travelport to be able to access the Group's NDC content and services through Travelport+ in an integrated agent workflow: via the agency point-of-sale Smartpoint, or through modern and lightweight API connections.
Pieter Bootsma, Chief Revenue Officer at Air France-KLM said: "We are pleased to expand our cooperation with Travelport to make our NDC content and services accessible through Travelport+. This is an important step in our distribution strategy, complementing our existing NDC distribution network. NDC is a key innovation for Air France-KLM as it allows our customers to benefit from more attractive and customized offers, such as continuous pricing and tailor-made bundles. It is an outstanding technological step opening up brand new retailing perspectives in the future."
Jason Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer - Travel Partners at Travelport, said: "This is an innovative deal which truly maximizes value for both Air France-KLM and Travelport's global community of travel agencies, particularly those with a higher level of servicing needs. We are enhancing our longstanding partnership with Air France-KLM and are pleased to be able to offer the airline group's differentiated NDC content alongside its traditional content to our customers. Travelport+ is purpose-built as a next-generation modern travel retailing platform, so we are delighted Air France-KLM has recognized the value its partnership with Travelport can continue to bring."
NDC content will be rolled out on Travelport+ from early 2022, with features and functionality to be added progressively.
About Air France-KLM
A global player with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM Group's main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance.
Air France-KLM is a leading airline Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. It offers its customers access to a worldwide network, covering over 300 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 17 million members.
Together with its partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture, with more than 340 daily flights in 2019.
Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam, the alliance dedicated to providing passengers with a more seamless travel experience at every step of their journey 19 member airlines working together across an extensive global network.
Recognized for 17 years as an industry leader in sustainable development, the Air France-KLM Group is determined to accelerate the transition to more sustainable aviation. Since 2003, the Air France-KLM Group has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The aim is to make a significant contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in connection with the Group's activities.
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