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American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel have joined Amadeus’ NDC-X program, which aims to drive practical use cases for IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC).
The NDC-X initiative, which draws experts from across Amadeus’ businesses, was announced in February.
“Partnering with the GDS is the fastest way to realize the potential of NDC, delivering enhanced choice for our corporate traveler customers and transforming the traveler experience,” said Vince Chirico, Carlson Wagonlit’s senior vice president of global network and technology partners.
Amadeus said American Express GBT will join its NDC-X program and help pilot the GDS’s new NDC-enabled solution, giving GBT access to NDC content.
“By working with Amadeus, we already have access to a broad array of travel content,” said Michael Qualantone, GBT’s executive vice president of global supplier relations. “Now with NDC, we can offer even more to our clients.”
CWT and GBT join several other industry partners in the NDC-X program, including Flight Centre Travel Group.
Amadeus’ announcement comes on the heels of a similar one from Sabre that American Airlines, Carlson Wagonlit, GBT and Flight Centre Travel Group will be launch partners in Beyond NDC, Sabre’s initiative to develop, test and integrate technology to process NDC offers and orders.