- New, multi-year distribution agreement includes full range of NDC-sourced Air Canada content for Travelport-connected agencies and travel management companies
- Long-term partnership ensures worldwide distribution via Travelport+, including full end-to-end servicing of NDC bookings
- Launch of Air Canada’s NDC content expected in the coming months
LANGLEY UK, 2023-Oct-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelport, a global technology company that powers travel bookings for hundreds of thousands of travel suppliers worldwide, and Air Canada, Canada’s flagship carrier, today announced they have renewed their content distribution agreement, which includes New Distribution Capability (NDC) content and servicing.
With this agreement, Travelport-connected agencies worldwide will continue to have access to the widest range of products and ancillaries from Air Canada, along with superior servicing capabilities. As Travelport delivers retail-ready content from the carrier, including NDC content, agency customers will be able to easily search, view and compare Air Canada’s dynamic offers all in one place. Travelport and Air Canada anticipate the launch of the airline’s full NDC solution on Travelport+ in the coming months, which will include full end-to-end servicing of NDC bookings to help agencies easily manage trip changes and exchanges.
“Travelport and Air Canada share a decades-long relationship and we’re pleased to be taking this important next step as we modernize our distribution capabilities,” said Mark Nasr, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital for Air Canada. “Together, we will enable the delivery of the full range of content and fares that Air Canada provides to our travel trade partners, as well as access to the many upcoming products and services that are focused on improving travel for our customers.”
“Our new long-term agreement with Air Canada is a result of our shared focus on making it easier for agents to shop, sell and service dynamic offers with access to even more content from all sources – including NDC,” said Jason Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Partners at Travelport. “As we prepare to roll out our Air Canada NDC solution in the coming months, our agency customers can rest assured they will have continued access to extensive offerings from Air Canada, including personalized offers and the ability to easily manage all aspects of their customers’ travel within a single view of product features and ancillaries.”
Travelport is a global technology company that powers bookings for hundreds of thousands of travel suppliers worldwide. Buyers and sellers of travel are connected by the company’s next generation marketplace, Travelport+, which simplifies how brands connect, upgrades how travel is sold, and enables modern digital retailing. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom and operating in more than 165 countries around the world, Travelport is focused on driving innovation that simplifies the complex travel ecosystem.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled service directly to more than 180 airports in Canada, the United States and Internationally on six continents. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger and freighter aircraft. Air Canada aims to achieve an ambitious net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. Air Canada shares are publicly traded on the TSX in Canada and the OTCQX in the US.
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