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Thu, 16 September 2021

Lufthansa Group Signs Extensive New Distribution Agreement with Travelport

Lufthansa Group has signed an extensive new distribution agreement with Travelport.

Under the deal, which covers Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Air Dolomiti, Travelport will distribute Lufthansa Group airlines New Distribution Capability (NDC) content through the travel retailing platform, Travelport+.

The agreement builds on the ongoing distribution of Lufthansa Group airlines content through traditional EDIFACT channels.

SWISS Airbus A220-300 reg: HB-JCN. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Lufthansa Group is firmly committed to delivering superior customer experiences along the entire travel journey, increasing reach of our most attractive offers and enabling a diverse travel ecosystem. Especially in these times of crisis and when creating additional customer value through advanced technology proves to be more important than ever, we are doubling down on our long-term NDC strategy, said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Senior Vice President Channel Management at Lufthansa Group Network Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer SWISS. This future-oriented agreement allows a maximum level of flexibility, and confirms that Travelport and Lufthansa Group airlines are teaming up to drive change in our industry towards true retailing capabilities and implementing customer-centric processes that together elevate the customer experience to new levels.

The launch, expected in the first half of 2022, lays the foundation for a diversified NDC program giving Travelport connected travel agencies the ability to access Lufthansa Group airlines content through Travelport+ by signing up to one of the two available commercial NDC models, the NDC Public model or NDC Bilateral model.

Jason Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Partners at Travelport, said, Expanding our longstanding partnership with Lufthansa Group airlines to include NDC content, with the retailing possibilities it offers, is a significant stride forward. Managing multiple sources of content and merchandizing them effectively with personalized and dynamic offers is exactly what Travelport+ has been built for. We look forward to delivering exponential value for the agency community and Lufthansa Group airlines travelers.

See also: Future of Airline Distribution and NDC - Exclusive Video Interview with Yanik Hoyles, IATA.

See latest Travel Industry News, Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: Lufthansa, Amadeus, GDS, NDC.

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