SABRE Corporation has enlisted American Airlines, American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Flight Centre Travel Group as launch partners for its new “Beyond NDC” technology program.

Beyond NDC is a “collaboration initiative chartered to drive the industry forward” through the development, integration and testing of capabilities to process offers and orders under IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC).

“By partnering with the world’s largest airline and several of the world’s leading travel management companies, we will bring to market NDC-enabled solutions that go beyond shopping and booking to integrate with the retailing, distribution and fulfillment systems that support the travel ecosystem,” said Dave Shirk, Sabre president of travel solutions.

The partnership illustrates that “we are looking past the near-term goals of NDC to define the future of intelligent airline retailing at scale in both direct and indirect channels,” Shirk said.

The four launch partners will participate with Sabre in the solution design process, leverage beta testing capabilities and establish their global leadership position as drivers of NDC.

Vince Chirico, senior vice president global network & technology partners at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, said “we look forward to working with our industry partners to help shape the future of business travel”.

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