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Wed, 24 March 2021

NDC - Exclusive Interview with Kathy Morgan of Sabre Travel Solutions

NDC (New Distribution Capability) has been described as 'an important enabler of Sabres vision for personalized travel', but what exactly is NDC, and what role does Sabre play in its development and future growth?

Those are just two of the questions that Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks in this interview with Kathy Morgan, Vice President - Offer Sourcing at Sabre Travel Solutions.

Filmed over the internet on Tuesday, 23 March, Kathy shares her thoughts on NDC and tells us what it means to Sabre to have been certified as NDC Level 4 as an aggregator in August 2020, and NDC Level 4 as an airline IT provider in February 2021.

IATA NDC Leaderboard as of 24 March 2021. Click to enlarge.

We discuss how Sabre will grow within the NDC framework and what NDC @scale means to the company.

Kathy also tells us about the ongoing pilot with GetThere, Sabre's corporate online booking tool, and what challenges they face connecting to TMCs and the benefits that NDC can bring to this important marketplace.

We also discuss airlines in Asia Pacific, and Kathy talks about the progress being made with Singapore Airlines and Qantas, the challenges that the region poses to Sabre, and whether they are likely to sign any new customers, whether national carriers or LCCs in the near future.

Steven asks how COVID19 has impacted the development of NDC within the industry and how Kathy believes the technology will grow as we move forward. All that and much, much more in the video and podcast below.

NDC - Exclusive Interview with Kathy Morgan of Sabre Travel Solutions

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Editor's note: As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not up to the same HD/UHD quality that they normally would be. Hopefully it won't be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you.

See also: What is the IATA Travel Pass and what does it mean to travellers and the global travel industry? Interview with Vinoop Goel, IATA's Regional Director Airports and External Relations - Asia Pacific as well as Future of Airline Distribution and NDC - Interview with Yanik Hoyles, IATA.

See latest Travel Industry News, Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: COVID19, Sabre, IATA.

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