An approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation has cleared the way for the International Air Transport Association to develop XML-based messaging standards for third-party sales of airline products. The IATA initiative, called New Distribution Capability, will allow travel agencies to sell products that are currently available only directly from the airlines.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Baggage Working Group has created standards for permanent luggage tags, making progress with XML-based messaging standards and the 10-digit license plate. Notably, since 2007, the baggage mishandling rate has been reduced by more than 50% and that rate is expected to further improve.
American Airlines signed a second XML connectivity agreement with a GDS last week. The carrier's agreement with Amadeus will allow the GDS to sell ancillary products. American signed an XML deal with Travelport that was announced in March.
Doug Parker, the CEO of US Airways, demonstrated persistence early in his career before the proposed merger with American Airlines. His outspoken nature, as well as his confidence and persistence, are key reasons why he will soon helm the world's largest airline, this feature says.
Travelport and American Airlines have reached an agreement for content, resolving a court case between the two parties. Under the agreement, Travelport will sell Main Cabin Extra seating on American Airlines. The upgraded seating will be sold through American's direct connect technology, which uses XML.