All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and only 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, has selected OpenJaw Technologies to provide its New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform. This advanced travel retailing platform will allow ANA to connect with multiple distribution partners, personalize fare offers, and provide consumers with a consistent retailing experience across all channels.
The OpenJaw t-Retail NDC Platform will help ANA grow its global business by enabling the airline to use the platform to connect, distribute and consistently merchandise its award-winning products using IATA’s NDC standard. The objective for the platform is to enable distribution partners to link directly to ANA’s reservation system in the second half of fiscal year 2019. The airline has also selected the OpenJaw t-Data Platform for its analytics capability to give real-time insight.
“ANA always strives to innovate and bring the latest technology to passengers to improve safety, convenience and efficiency,” said Mitsuo Tomita, Senior Vice President of ANA. “NDC will enhance flexibility and have the potential to improve sales. We are planning to integrate the NDC platform in an intuitive way so that ANA will become Japan’s NDC leader.”
“We are proud to have been chosen as ANA’s preferred technology partner for NDC,” said Kieron Branagan, CEO of OpenJaw Technologies. “The IATA NDC standard will enable airlines to transform the way air products are retailed by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations. OpenJaw is an IATA NDC and IATA ONE Order Strategic Partner with Level 3 NDC Certification. We are committed to transforming airline retailing through the use of NDC standards and to creating a community of NDC enabled airlines. OpenJaw is looking forward to our collaboration with ANA to deliver a leading edge NDC solution.”
The new ANA NDC platform will represent a shift in how ANA tickets will be purchased through distribution partners and will set the standard for convenience, while also delivering wider opportunities for consumers to purchase optional services such as lounge access. ANA will also provide the latest in-flight seat and service content, allowing passengers to make more informed choices.
Once the ANA NDC platform has been launched, ANA will add further well-known airfare aggregators to expand access to more distribution partners, such as travel agents and service providers.