Air France and KLM (AFKL) has tied up with NDC technology provider, Verteil, to make available their offers on Verteil Direct Connect. This integration will allow travel sellers to access AFKL’s advanced NDC contents directly through NDC-based comprehensive booking engine portal and universal NDC APIs.Verteil is a NDC technology provider for 40 plus global airlines and this partnership would allow Verteil’s customers to have access to end-to-end NDC capabilities, including shopping, booking, fully automated servicing, and private / negotiated fares for multiple segments and market-specific requirements, through AFKL’s NDC channel, AFKL shared.
Additionally, customers will get access to the latest AFKL’s innovations supported via NDC, which includes features such as continuous pricing, extra services, and personalised options, said Air France and KLM, adding that it will keep improving these features over time.
Apart from the superior and real time content, bookings via Air France and KLM’s NDC channel, will not be surcharged as compared to legacy GDS channels.
“With Verteil we expand the choice for our travel agent partners to access our offers via the NDC technology. Travel agents can now promote and sell cheaper Air France and KLM’s offers, thanks to additional price points, exclusive promotional fares and dynamic pricing for seats selection,” said Stéphane Ormand, VP Distribution, Air France and KLM.“As of next June, our ‘Light’ fares in Economy cabin, with a minimum stay condition, for all mid-hauls and French domestic routes, will be phased out from the legacy GDS/Edifact. This is a new step in our distribution strategy and Verteil will enable their users to continue selling Air France and KLM full range of offers,” Ormand added.
Extending their support to AFKL in their endeavour to offer travel sellers differentiated content and innovative product offerings via the unconstrained and technologically superior NDC channel, Jerrin Jos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Verteil Technologies, said, “Our ongoing transformational journey in the airline distribution space is progressing significantly.”
“We are currently implementing changes with several airline partners and investing heavily in building product capabilities to support advanced functionality for travel sellers’ diverse business models,” Jos added.
Air France-KLM is a leading airline Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. It offers its customers access to a worldwide network, covering over 310 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.