Latest e-services workshop flew Latin America's flag
After Singapore in April, the 2013 series of e-services workshops are in full swing with another successful conference held in Peru on June 20. Over 60 participants, including 25 airlines and 7 IT provider/GDS from Latin America attended the event in Lima.
The objective of this workshop was to provide Latin American airlines with the latest project implementation information and guidance regarding the sunset of virtual Miscellaneous Charge Orders (vMCO) / virtual Multi-Purpose Documents (vMPD) by the end of the year.
From 1 January 2014, BSPs will no longer process vMCO and/or vMPD or any other miscellaneous documents other than Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMDs). To ensure a smooth transition, subject matter experts from the whole aviation distribution supply chain discussed the current progress and practical steps to support the implementation of EMD.
The workshop welcome positive feedback from delegates. Despite the current challenges, all participants reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of EMD Standard. As some airlines are further advanced in implementation than others, more discussions regarding the time frame of EMD activation will be held in the near future.
These workshops are a valuable opportunity for the IATA e-Services team to provide guidance, discuss solutions, exchange best practices and deliver a transparent environment to engage directly with concerned airlines. As of the end of June, 89 airlines have implemented the EMD standard and 33 already issued EMDs through travel agents in 55 IATA BSP.
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