SOUTHLAKE, TXand Doha, Qatar – Saber Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology company powering the global travel industry, has successfully integrated IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from qatarairways (QR) to its Global Distribution System (GDS). After a pilot phase with the agency’s clients in Australia and Swedenoffers from from Qatar flagship will now be successively deployed in travel agencies around the world from the July 7, 2022.
Travel agencies will be able to purchase, book and manage NDC offers from qatarairways. Access to from Qatar content will be available via red saber 360, Saber’s point-of-sale tool, and its NDC-enabled offer and order application programming interfaces (APIs).
“We have been an active participant in Saber’s Beyond NDC program for several years and are proud to be the first EMEA-based carrier to make our products and offerings available to the global travel agency community through the Saber,” said Matt RaosSenior Vice President Global Sales at qatarairways. “With NDC as part of our strategy to scale our offering and improve ancillary sales, we believe effective distribution in the indirect channel will become more important in the future.”
With Qatar Airways’ extensive network of destinations, access to the carrier’s unique NDC content should be relevant to travel buyers around the world during the post-COVID-19 recovery period and beyond.
“As the business travel industry continues to recover, customers are looking for enhanced shopping experiences and enhanced content in their marketplace,” said John BukowskiVice President of Distribution, Content and Sourcing at American Express International Business Travel. “Our goal is to ensure our customers and travelers have access to the broadest content and an unparalleled travel experience. We are delighted to collaborate with qatarairways and Saber to continue to evolve our customers’ access to content while delivering the service and experience they expect from American Express GBT.’
NDC is one aspect of Saber’s strategic goal to create a new market for personalized travel, with key developments expected in 2022. Dynamic air pricing for NDC offerings is expected to be available with the Air Price IQ product recently launched in the Saber Retail Intelligence suite. , which will allow airlines to optimize their offerings in real time through machine learning and data analytics capabilities based on airlines’ unique strategies and needs. As an NDC aggregator and IT provider to airlines, Saber is now included in the Airline Retailing Maturity (ARM) Index of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Radixx, which provides solutions for low-cost airlines, is also expected to be certified under the ARM Index later this year as an airline IT provider.
“We’ve always said NDC is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Kathy Morgan, Vice President, Channel Delivery, Saber Travel Solutions. “We believe realizing NDC’s potential is a collaborative effort, and we’re excited about the progress we’re making with carriers like qatarairways. Along with strategic efforts such as Saber Travel AI, as well as the launch of our Retail Intelligence product suite, these NDC accomplishments expand and advance our opportunities to advance personalized retail.
About Saber Corporation
Saber Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Saber’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flights, network and crews. Saber also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which handles more than 120 billion US dollars of global travel spend per year by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Based at South Lake, TXUnited States, Saber serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.
A multiple award-winning airline, qatarairways was announced as the “Airline of the Year” in 2021 Global airline Awards, managed by the international airline rating organization, Skytrax. It was also named “World’s Best Business Class”, “World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge”, “World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat”, “World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering” and “Best Airline in the Middle East‘. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry after winning the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). qatarairways currently flies to over 150 destinations worldwide, connecting via its Doha center, Hamad International Airportelected by Skytrax as the “Best Airport in the World 2022”.