INFINI Travel Information, Inc. (INFINI-HDQ: Tokyo, Japan: CEO-Kimio Uemura, Capital: JPY 4 billion, Ownership: 60% ANA Holdings Inc. / 40% Everest Investment Holdings Limited) today introduced its New Distribution Capability (NDC)-compliant product “tf NDC API”, developed in collaboration with its UK-based innovation partner, Travelfusion Limited. Travelfusion, an INFINI partner since 2014, was certified as an NDC Level 3 aggregator in 2016 and already provides NDC-compliant solutions to 23 airlines, mainly in the European market.
With this commercial launch, INFINI becomes the first GDS to develop and deliver an NDC product for the Japanese market, thus further strengthening its position as the leading GDS in Japan. The new NDC solution enables access to airlines’ NDC content using INFINI’s existing XML API solution, “INFINI HOST- LINK”. By integrating its new NDC solution with its existing products, INFINI can ensure a seamless implementation regardless of the NDC version currently being used by the airline customer, thus facilitating the smooth delivery of NDC content in the Japan market.
The first airline customers to start distribution via NDC solution will be the Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines), with additional airline releases scheduled for 2019.
In addition to the NDC XML API, INFINI is currently also preparing to launch an NDC solution for its mainstay reservation system product “INFINI LINX PLUS”, to be released in the beginning of 2019. This product will combine airlines’ NDC content with the standard GDS and LCC airline booking content.
INFINI sees NDC as a unique opportunity to enhance value for all players in the Japan travel market, and with its highly skilled customer service team and Travelfusion’s innovative technology, INFINI is uniquely positioned to ensure a smooth implementation of NDC in Japan.