Saudi Arabian Airlines announces end-to-end IATA new distribution capability (NDC) implementation with TPConnects

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saudi-arabian-airlines-logoJeddah, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has announced its decision to implement International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) in a modular approach. Saudia has appointed TPConnects, a leading technology solutions provider, as its NDC distribution partner to manage the NDC standard platform.

Launched by IATA, the New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a key transformation project to modernize airline distribution.

At Saudia, implementation of NDC is seen as a major Transformation project focusing on revenue drivers, major cost reducing programs and implementing ONE Order initiatives, beyond opportunities in distribution. NDC standards enable Saudia to offer our guests the opportunity to have a consistent shopping experience, including access to rich content, ability to buy ancillary products and services and to be recognized and receive personalized offers, wherever they shop for Saudia products, especially from the Travel Agents and Online Travel Agency channels. TPConnects demonstrates the ability to deliver an NDC Platform to meet our commitment towards our partners and customers and we look forward for the delivery and the end-to-end completion with a modular approach” said Mr. Rashed Al-Ajmi Vice president Sales at Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Yanik Hoyles, IATA Director, NDC Program, said, “I am delighted that Saudia has embarked on the NDC journey. It proves once again that there is no barrier to any airline taking advantage of this new initiative and I am sure many more Middle Eastern carriers will soon be joining Saudia in offering this new air travel purchasing experience to their customers.”

The introduction of NDC could help travel agents to improve the offering to the customer, to upsell additional services including branded fares or fare families which are of value to both the traveler and the corporation and create business process improvements.

“Partnering with Saudia to deliver end-to-end NDC implementation in a modular approach gives TPConnects tremendous opportunity to showcase the benefits of NDC especially in terms of increase in revenue and reducing distribution cost with our proven distribution technology,” says Praveen Kumar, Chief Technology Officer of TPConnects.

TPConnects will roll out the NDC based distribution platform and deliver live NDC transactions by the beginning of 2017. Saudia’s vision is to facilitate a single reference number for a passenger holding all data elements in a travel cycle including flights, ancillaries and non-air products like hotels, cars, activities etc which will simplify the travel experience of customers.

Saudia within two years has signed agreements to acquire 113 aircraft, in line with its fleet renewal and expansion initiative which is part of Saudia’s Transformation Program that was launched in 2015 to double in 7 years what has been achieved in 70 years.

About Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia):

Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, is the flag carrier airline of Kingdom Saudi Arabia, and one of the largest in the Middle East in terms of revenue, based in Jeddah. The airline’s main operational base is at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport. Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport and Dammam-King Fahd International Airport are secondary hubs.

Saudia operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 120 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during the Ramadan and the Hajj season. Saudia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and joined the SkyTeam airline alliance on 29 May 2012.

About TPConnects:

Established in 2012, TPConnects is a new generation travel booking solution: an innovative cloud based travel booking and distribution tool for airlines, travel agencies, online travel agencies and tour operators with a merchandising engine.

TPConnects is the first IT Vendor and Aggregator to receive dual Level 3 certification (highest level within the program) from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA certified that TPConnects, as an IT Vendor, is capable of supporting deployments of airlines, travel agencies and other distributors and that, as an Aggregator, TPConnects can consume Offer and Order management messages whose schemas are compliant with the latest standard NDC message schema, version PADIS 16.2.

TPConnects is a values-based company driven by the mission “Shaping the future of travel distribution.” TPConnects assist airlines to retail travel products, deliver rich content, bundle offers and provide consumers with the ability to create their own offers–choosing services like hotels, activities and enable travel agents to search, compare and sell travel products.

TPConnects product portfolio consist of Direct Connect and Travel Agents Portal for Airlines, Aggregator platform (integrated with PSS, GDS and other travel suppliers) for the travel agents and Leisure Management System (Managing inbound and holidays including inventory management and dynamic packaging) for Airlines and Travel Agents