This year, Sabre will take steps that will enable customers to shop and book New Distribution Capability (NDC) content alongside traditional content in the Sabre Red Workspace.

That will be enabled by the launch of "new service-enabled APIs and enhanced capabilities" in Red Workspace, Sabre said.

Red Workspace is currently being rolled out to agencies. It is Sabre's agent desktop that enables users to work via a consumer-grade user interface or the more traditional "blue screen" workspace.

In anticipation of having both NDC and traditional content available for shopping, Sabre said it is working with customers on the initiative, including Flight Centre (No. 7 on Travel Weekly's 2017 Power List).

A pilot program with additional agencies and airlines will likely begin in the third quarter of 2018.

The announcement is part of Sabre's "Beyond NDC" effort to incorporate NDC standards into its products "in ways that will benefit stakeholders across the travel ecosystem," according to the company's website.

Sabre has achieved IATA's highest level of NDC certification as an IT provider, and is on track to gain the same level of certification as an aggregator this year.

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