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NDC (New Distribution Capability)

IATA is pleased to announce that one of its newest members in the region, flydubai, has become one of the first airlines to receive the IATA NDC Level 3 certification on PADIS (Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Surcharge) Publication 16.2 Schema. flydubai has appointed TPconnects, a leading technology solutions provider, as its partner to manage the NDC platform. NDC is an industry supported program designed to simplify the communications, data and content between airlines and the travel agent community. For more information please visit NDC page .

e-AWB (Electronic Airway Bill)

During Q4 of 2016, Kuwait Customs has given the greenlight to start eAWB in Kuwait. In light of this Kuwait Airways successfully kicked off e-AWB for the airline. Also, with the plan to start e-AWB externally, IATA will support and engage freight forwarders to conduct trials. eAWB SOP (Electronic Airway Bill Standard Operating Procedures).

In collaboration with Abu Dhabi Customs and the e-AWB Group Members of Abu Dhabi, comprised of a number of airlines, freight forwarders and Etihad Airport Services (EAS), IATA received the sign-off of the e-AWB SoP for Abu Dhabi. The SoP was also endorsed by Abu Dhabi Customs. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi Customs issued a directive to the market to mandate the 100% transfer of eAWBs to Customs before handing over shipments to the airport, thus paving the way for doing e-AWB.

Smart Security

IATA’s Smart Security team conducted a successful ‘Smart Security Opportunity Assessment’ at Bahrain International Airport (BAC) in late October. The visiting delegation spent a week with the leadership and security teams at Bahrain Airports Company and the Civil Aviation Authority, examining the airport security processes and infrastructure. This was further supported with intensive workshops on new technologies, processes, risk-based measures and the evolution of the IATA-ACI Smart Security program. As a result of the visit and workshops, IATA received endorsement and a willingness from BAC (Bahrain Airports Company) to further support the program and in the future participate in the initiative.

Qatar Airways – SIS (Simplified Invoicing and Settlement) Compliant

Qatar Airlines is part of an “early adopter” community of 15 airlines that are supporting the rollout of the IATA SAI (Supplier to Airline e-invoicing) Industry Initiative. The airline has been working with Hamad International Airport on the adoption of the IATA IS-XML invoice data standard. Having full automation in all the Accounts Payable functionality is a huge achievement and a major milestone.

IATA Events

WPS (World Passenger Symposium) in Dubai

IATA was pleased to host the World Passenger Symposium (WPS) in October last year sponsored by Emirates Airline. Over 900 delegates attended the conference and participated in an intense week of panel discussions focused on Airline Distribution, Passenger Experience and I and key industry meetings.  The WPS was also special as it was the first event to include a keynote speech by IATA’s relatively new Director General Alexandre de Juniac who spoke about the need for the industry and for IATA to evolve, innovate and act with efficiency and speed.

It was not all work. Emirates Airline sponsored a gala dinner. Delegates and their partners were treated to riveting performances, culinary treats and warm Arabian hospitality.


On the sidelines of the World Passenger Symposium in Dubai, IATA hosted a Hackathon at the Emirates Airline headquarter. This was a first of its kind, bringing together enthusiastic developers and industry partners, pushing the boundaries of the NDC program. For over 28 hours, the teams focused on innovating and creating travel-related applications using NDC APIs. IATA was pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm around creating new content and providing greater value for the industry. Please visit our Hackathon page for more details.  

Abu Dhabi Safety Conference

IATA, along with our host airline Etihad Airways was pleased to hold the Safety Management Conference in Abu Dhabi. Under the theme of “A decade in review and the vision forward”, global airline safety experts, regulators and industry veterans descended upon Abu Dhabi to discuss critical areas for safety and flight operations. The conference witnessed intense panel discussions on a wide variety of issues facing our industry. A number of workshops and industry meetings were also held between key aviation stakeholders.

IATA Services 

Emirates & Kuwait Airways joined DDS (Direct Data Solutions)

IATA is pleased to announce that in 2016 Emirates Airline and Kuwait Airways signed a CDLA (Contributed Direct License Agreement) with IATA to contribute and release both their direct and indirect sales into the Direct Data Solutions (a Business intelligence data program).

CEIV Pharma (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) – Dnata

Dnata, signed a contract to implement CEIV Pharma at their Dubai facility. CEIV Pharma addresses the industry need for more safety, security, compliance and efficiency in the transportation of pharmaceuticals through the creation of a globally consistent and recognized pharmaceutical product handling certification. By establishing a common baseline from existing regulations and standards, this certification ensures international and national compliance to safeguard product integrity while addressing specific air cargo needs.

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