IATA and Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, a coalition of travel sellers and distributors, have agreed to conditions under which the coalition will no longer oppose Resolution 787, the foundation for IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC).
The NDC is IATA’s initiative to develop a modernized standard for communications between airlines and travel agents, enabling the selling of ancillary services and customized fare offers in the agency channel.
Open Allies and IATA filed the proposed conditions with Department of Transportation (DOT) in a joint motion on Wednesday. The groups are asking the DOT to add the conditions to what IATA filed last year; IATA is seeking DOT approval of its Resolution 787.
The conditions make it clear that any DOT action on Resolution 787 would not endorse a business model for airline distribution; stipulate that Resolution 787 would be entirely voluntary and would not require disclosure of personal information; indicate that Resolution 787 would not exclude the use of other standards; and that Resolution 787 would have no impact on who owns data.
“We are delighted that we were able to reach agreement on conditions to limit the scope of Resolution 787 and ensure that it addresses only data transmission standard-setting, not a new distribution business model,” said Andrew Weinstein, executive director of Open Allies.
“We believe these conditions will serve all travelers by safeguarding transparency, competition and consumer choice, while protecting privacy and ensuring that any new standards developed under Resolution 787 are open standards available to all industry participants.”
Amadeus, one of the members of Open Allies, issued a statement praising the accord.
IATA and Open Allies said that they will continue to work together and with other stakeholders in airline distribution to collaborate on setting distribution standards.
Paul Ruden, senior vice president of industry and legal affairs with ASTA, said that Open Allies and IATA had been negotiating for a while on the new conditions.