Three enablers of scalability – content, capabilities, and coverage – guide our work on the Beyond NDC program. Today, we are pleased to share progress on all three fronts. We are expanding access to NDC offers from Singapore Airlines (SQ), one of our Beyond NDC partners, in additional markets across Europe and Asia. By the end of the first quarter, we will also enable the servicing capabilities of Cancel/Void and Cancel/Refund for agencies accessing NDC offers from SQ through Sabre. Enlarging our market footprint and strengthening the foundational capability set will help agency customers broaden their reach and maximize access to leading content.
Now accessible to more markets
Activating new countries requires market-by-market analysis. For example, the treatment of accounting rules, currencies, and VAT taxes vary across geographies. Solving for one market’s attributes does not necessarily solve for all. Accommodating each market’s nuances is a pre-requisite for scalability. As a result, activating a new market for NDC content marks an important point of progress.
Our market coverage for NDC offers from SQ is accelerating this year. In early January, we increased our profile in Asia and launched in Europe. Markets included: Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
During the remainder of the first quarter, we will bring more than 15 new markets online for SQ as follows:
From February 8, 2021: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey.
From March 1-4, 2021: Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be activated in waves in conjunction with the 21.2 release of our agency solution, Sabre Red 360.
From April 5, 2021: Spain and the United States will come online.
We look forward to sharing additional market expansion news throughout the year.
Enabling Void and Refund
The activation of new capabilities by the end of the first quarter, including Cancel/Void and Cancel/Refund, will complement our expanded market coverage. To adopt NDC broadly, agencies not only need to be able to access NDC offers but also to support bookings across the end-to-end workflow. Deploying Cancel/Void and Cancel/Refund to agencies accessing NDC content from SQ signals meaningful progress to rounding out important servicing functionality.
“Servicing is critical to agencies and preserves efficiency,” said Sabre NDC Product Director, Rolando Philps. “Activating Cancel/Void and Cancel/Refund is a material step forward in completing the foundational end-to-end workflow that customers want. The team and I appreciate Singapore’s collaborative approach and shared focus on developing solutions that scale.”
Start accessing SQ’s NDC offers through Sabre
To access NDC offers from SQ through Sabre, agencies must first sign a KrisConnect agreement directly with SQ. Visit SQ’s website, or contact your local SQ representative to get started. If you have already signed a KrisConnect agreement with SQ, talk to your Sabre representative to learn about the next steps in the process.