Flybe claims to be among the first airlines in the world to implement Iata’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard.
This enables the UK regional carrier to provide easy access of its corporate fares to corporate buyers via the booking tool.
Flybe was one of the first carriers to achieve Iata’s ‘NDC Certification Level 3’ – the highest level of certification under the NDC certification programme.
The status was awarded in the context of an NDC deployment in co-operation with the airline’s host system provider Hewlett Packard Enterprise in conjunction with Travelfusion, KDS, HRG and PwC.
Flybe chief executive, Christine Ourmieres-Widener, said: “We are proud to once again become an industry-leader by being the first airline in the world to enable this new improved booking system.
“Our Iata NDC certification is yet another exciting development for Flybe and I applaud everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality.
“It is a great move forward and will in future make it so much easier for more of our corporate customers to benefit from having access to our best possible fares and many have already expressed significant interest in working with us on this latest development.
“We look forward to its full roll-out and implementation in upcoming months.”
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise travel and transportation vice president and general manager Brian Cook added: “HPE is excited to support Flybe in addressing real business opportunities and serving corporate customers with our innovation in NDC.
“We believe that this is a turning point for the industry, as airlines will increasingly leverage technology to better understand and service their customers.”
Iata NDC programme director, Yanik Hoyles, said: “We welcome the decision by Flybe to become available to corporates through the implementation of the NDC standard.
“NDC facilitates the introduction of ancillary services to managed channels and it enables rich content and personalization, key features when applying corporate policies for individuals or groups.”