Amadeus has created a program, NDC-X, that will focus on practical-use cases for IATA's New Distribution Capability.

NDC is an XML messaging standard enabling airlines to sell all products, including ancillaries, through travel agencies. NDC will also enable airlines to create personalized offers.

"We are at a critical moment in terms of the development of the standard, and the readiness of the industry," said Gianni Pisanello, NDC-X's vice president. "For NDC to truly take off, we need to create a real standard not only for the protocol itself, but also for how it's implemented. We also need to ensure that it responds to travel seller requirements, and that it has the right economics to drive investment."

Experts from across Amadeus' businesses will participate in the NDC-X program.

According to a blog post from Pisanello, the name of the program was inspired by SpaceX. He said the program "is going to take NDC beyond where it is today."

He also said Amadeus is on track to introduce NDC bookings this year.

"Later this year, we expect to have web service bookings in production, connecting to airlines via NDC," Pisanello said. "This means that we will be working together with partner airlines and travel agencies to enable a simple flow of 'shop, order and pay' using the NDC standard."

More complex capabilities, like changing tickets and adding ancillaries, are expected to be developed next year.

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