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IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787 0

IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant final approval to Resolution 787 (1). The Resolution is the foundation document for the New Distribution Capability (NDC), a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard. “This is a very exciting development for air travelers, airlines, intermediaries, and for competition,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. The final approval leaves unchanged DOT’s tentative decision approving Resolution 787, which occurred on 21 May 2014. In the tentative decision DOT stated that, “Comparison shopping under the current system is generally limited strictly to comparing fares, and it is difficult to make price quality comparisons of different carriers’ product offerings….The modernized communication standards and protocols and the marketing innovations that [Resolution 787] could facilitate would be procompetitive and in the public interest.” As part of its tentative and final approvals, DOT accepted the conditions proposed by IATA and Open Allies for Airfare Transparency to ensure that no traveler is required to supply personal information to receive an airfare offer (“anonymous shopping”); that the standard remains voluntary and that each airline is free to choose its own data exchange methodologies....

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