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Air France-KLM and Sabre renew GDS deal adding NDC ahead of phased roll out

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Air France-KLM and Sabre Corporation have completed a multi-year renewal of their distribution agreement covering both next gen NDC and legacy EDIFACT content.

The airline operator’s NDC offers will be rolled out to Sabre-connected travel agencies in a phased approach next year.

Sabre said the agreement “demonstrates its continued commitment to driving value and serving the diverse interests of the various stakeholders participating in the global travel marketplace”.

The US-based aviation technology giant added: “It helps agencies to efficiently shop and compare increasingly sophisticated offers, while their travellers will benefit from an enhanced experience with more choice and transparency.

“It also enables Air France and KLM to distribute their customized NDC offers, thanks to continuous pricing and tailor-made bundles, to the global network of Sabre-connected agencies.”

Angus Clarke, chief commercial officer at Air France-KLM, said: “Choosing the right travel technology partners with which to collaborate is essential. Hence, we are pleased to extend our cooperation with Sabre.

“This will support our travel agent partners to provide the Air France-KLM enriched and attractive NDC offer, giving the travellers a wider range of options to enhance their journey, from start to finish.”

Roshan Mendis, chief commercial officer at Sabre Travel Solutions, added: “Our partnership with Air France-KLM reflects our commitment to modern travel retailing and a big step forward for our presence in Europe.

“From the beginning, Sabre has been committed to go beyond NDC to help build a new travel ecosystem that is more efficient and personalized, meeting the dynamic needs of today’s travellers. We are delighted to bring our customers EDIFACT and enhanced NDC content as we transition to a new world of Offers and Orders.”

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