Air New Zealand began offering ancillary services for sale through the Sabre GDS, reported in Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) in the US. The airline was able to leverage ATPCO’s industry technology standards to file airlines’ fares and ancillaries and IATA’s standard to fulfill purchases via electronic miscellaneous documents (EMD). Qatar Airways also issued its first EMD in August 2011, bringing the total number of EMD capable airlines to 21.
IATA e-services aims to facilitate ancillary revenue sales through all distribution channels by using the IATA EMD standard. The IATA Board has set a mandate for industry capability to issue EMDs by end 2012 and 100% usage in BSPs by end 2013.
For more project information and materials please visit the IATA e-services website at www.iata.org/e-services.