Travelport signed a deal with Air France KLM to distribute its content through a private channel arrangement, allowing agents to avoid the carrier’s GDS charge.

The deal allows customers selected by Air France KLM and HOP! to access a private channel via Travelport. On the platform, they will receive content without the additional distribution surcharge levied by Air France KLM starting 1 April 2018.

Travelport is the only operator of a Global Distribution System (GDS) with the highest level of International Air Transport Association (IATA) certification for the deployment of its New Distribution Capability (NDC) technology. The Air France KLM and HOP! content on the platform will include Travelport’s rich content, brand fares, fare families, and multiple ancillaries.

“This is an extension of a long-term relationship which has delivered greater choice to Air France KLM’s customers”

Travelport customers will continue to have access to Travelport’s tools beyond booking capability. It will enable workflow automation, change in management processes, multiple content integration, robotics for fulfilment and other vital services.

Derek Sharp, Travelport

Derek Sharp, Travelport’s senior vice president and managing director for air commerce, commented on the agreement: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Air France KLM, one of Europe’s leading airline groups.

“This is an extension of a long-term relationship which has delivered greater choice to Air France KLM’s customers. We look forward to a continuing productive partnership as we deploy new technology with the airline.”

Emmanuelle Gailland, vice president distribution Air France KLM, added: “Travelport has been a great partner throughout our Private Channel engagement as a transition towards NDC.

“Both Air France KLM and Travelport will work together to bring NDC content of new fares, products, services and rich media in the marketplace.”

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