The news so far has focused on innovation, company firsts, and partnership.

It’s for a good reason. The availability of American’s Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seats through Sabre’s travel marketplace using NDC-based technology standards represents major accomplishments:

  • Both company’s implementation of NDC technology standards for ancillaries sold through a global distribution system
  • The latest achievement from longstanding partners using technology to boost the travel industry

But the best story is what it means for travelers.

Whether leisure or corporate, many travelers prefer the paid seat options from American. Main Cabin Extra provides customers with up to six inches of additional legroom and earlier boarding. Preferred seats allow customers to select seats located toward the front of the cabin or closer to the window or aisle.

Now travelers can more easily get those options from travel agents and travel management companies.

What’s more, many people don’t know that online travel agencies link to global distribution systems to offer content. So travelers booking in online channels will also have the ability to book American’s popular seating options.

American Airlines is the first to do this through NDC standards. We’re looking forward to working with additional airlines to offer the same level of technology standards to increase the content available to travelers through Sabre.

Read the official press release.