Finnair becomes the first European airline to modernize airline product sales using NDC

posted on 28th September 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Finnair becomes the first European airline to modernize airline product sales using NDC

Finnair, a leading airline connecting Europe and Asia and TravelSky, the leading airline product distribution system in China, have developed a connection using IATA’s New Distribution Capability to ensure a modern and efficient distribution of Finnair offering to TravelSky customers in China. Finnair now becomes the first European airline to build NDC connection to TravelSky. The first live connection was launched in June 2020 with Tongcheng-Elong Holdings Limited, a leading online travel service provider, as a partner selling Finnair´s NDC content.  

With NDC Connection through TravelSky, Chinese travel agencies will gain easy access to Finnair’s full portfolio of ancillary products from extra baggage to pre-order meals, which enable personalization of the flight experience for their customers.  

“We are looking forward to engage our travel agent partners in modernizing airline product distribution for the benefit of our customers”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. ”NDC with TravelSky will enable us to provide all our ancillary offering to our Chinese customers, which benefits both travel agencies in terms of a wider product offering and our Chinese travelers, who can better personalize their journeys with Finnair.”  

“Tongcheng-Elong continues cooperating with the world’s outstanding airlines, relying on our own technology and traffic advantages, to provide users better travel services and promote the innovation of global travel online service”, says Wang Qiang, Chief Operating Officer of Tongcheng-Elong

Finnair is part of the IATA NDC Leaderboard airlines group committed to drive NDC adoption and transforming the way the travel industry value chain works. Finnair was recently certified by IATA at the NDC @scale level and now offers full booking and servicing capabilities through its NDC API. More information on Finnair’s NDC journey on www.finnair.com/easy

China continues to play a key role in Finnair strategy, and Finnair re-opened its passenger flights to Shanghai in July. Finnair also flies to Nanjing in September and October and looks forward to increasing its service for the Chinese market. Finnair offers smooth connections to dozens of European destinations via its Helsinki hub.