Finnair is teaming up with Amadeus to pilot a new Iata NDC solution with Skyscanner.
The XML-based messaging standard enables travellers purchasing Finnair flights from Skyscanner can complete their purchase without leaving the metasearch site with a seamless process from search to booking.
This new NDC API from Amadeus offers an additional distribution option for travel retailers to integrate Finnair’s flights, seats and ancillaries.
It also adds to Amadeus’ existing assisted booking portfolio aimed at boosting conversion for airlines in the increasingly important meta channel.
Finnair vice president distribution, commercial excellence and data science, Rogier van Enk, said: “Finnair is focused on growing our operations, including ancillaries.
“This new solution adds yet another option for our partners to sell the full range of Finnair offers with an assisted booking through our systems – especially startups – and at the same time, it can greatly enhance the customer experience.”
Skyscanner commercial director, Stuart Middleton, said: “Our direct booking platform offers a frictionless experience for travellers and enhanced results for carriers.
“We are confident that the latest integration of the Amadeus Altéa NDC will ensure that we stay ahead of the curve and continue to open up new and deeper partnership opportunities with airlines moving forward.”
Amadeus head of airlines in northern and western EU, Manuel Midon, added: “Amadeus Altéa NDC is the latest addition to Amadeus’ range of IT solutions for the real-time distribution of fares and ancillaries, as well as an additional option within our existing portfolio for airlines and metasearch players wishing to implement assisted bookings flows.”