Travel technology provider Sabre Corporation has laid out its plans to offer NDC-enabled solutions by the end of the year. In 2018, Sabre plans to launch new service-enabled APIs and enhanced capabilities in the Sabre Red Workspace that will allow customers to shop and book NDC content alongside traditional content.
To prepare for this functionality, the company is working with customers including Flight Centre Travel Group, one of the world's largest travel agency groups. Sabre said it expects to begin a pilot program with additional agency and airline customers in the third quarter this year.
In the fourth quarter, Sabre will bring to market the industry's first Digital Airline Commercial Platform, marking an advancement in the capabilities airlines will have to leverage data-driven insights to market their services and deliver a personalized customer experience. More advanced capabilities will follow in 2019, including NDC-enabled offer and order management.
In October last year, CEO Sean Menke publicly outlined Sabre's position on NDC. Since then, Sabre has achieved NDC Level 3 capability as an I.T. provider as of February 2018, and the company has committed to Level 3 certification as an aggregator in 2018, in order to complement its current airline I.T. capabilities.
Sabre'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, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a global travel marketplace, which processes more than $120 billion of global travel spent annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. The company serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.
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