Navitaire achieves highest level of IATA NDC certification

David P. Evans

CEO, Navitaire

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All of us at Navitaire are excited to join Amadeus as Level 3 NDC certified IT providers. Level 3 certification is the highest level available and is an important achievement for us as carriers around the globe show increased awareness and interest in implementing the new standard.


We were awarded this certification for our NDC-based solution, the Navitaire NDC Gateway, which is a communication and translation layer between the NDC XML schemas and the New Skies® reservations system core.

By achieving the top-tier designation, our advanced reservation, merchandizing, and digital solutions have been recognized for their ability and compliance with the NDC XML-based set of standards put forth by IATA as the wave of the future.

New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATAfor the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard that can enable retailing opportunities through indirect channels, such as the GDS and travel agents.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) developed its NDC certification program to support the development and implementation of the industry-wide NDC standards. The process examines the capabilities of airlines, agents and aggregators to receive and send NDC messages related to the specific NDC schemas. The certification focuses on XML messaging that helps airlines personalize their offers and distribute their products, especially ancillary services, with third parties with greater flexibility and speed.

In addition to receiving validation of our NDC Gateway capabilities, the new certification drives continued progress with our NDC pilot clients as they further test and enhance the platform.

Our market leading clients can now engage with more business partners using the new standard and deliver even greater value to their customers. We’re excited to see the industry move forward, and we intend to remain at the forefront of this evolving standard. Visit the Navitaire NDC sitefor more information.