The Architecture and Technology Strategy Board is responsible for interoperability and quality of Data Exchange Standards published under the authority of the Conference; and acts as an architecture and technology strategy advisor to other Standards Boards and to the Steering Group.

The Architecture and Technology Strategy Board manages the methodology for documenting business requirements, and developing and generating Data Exchange Standards. The Architecture and Technology Strategy Board also oversees the maintenance of the Airline Industry Data Model (AIDM); and maintains standards and best practices necessary for consistent and interoperable implementation of Data Exchange Standards and related technologies across multiple business areas supported by the Conference. The functions of the Architecture and Technology Strategy Board are detailed in Paragraph 5.2.

Groups under the ATS Board:

 

  • Change Management & Airline Industry Data Model (AIDM) Integration Group
  • Open API Group
  • EDIFACT Group
  • Identity Management Group

 

Change Management & AIDM Integration Group

  • Oversees the maintenance of an integrated Airline Industry Data Model (AIDM) intended as a central repository to store business requirements, data and message models; and generate all data exchange specifications including messaging standards as well as developmental (alpha release) and candidate (beta release) messaging standards.
  • Responsible for reviewing all proposals for integration of proposed changes into a new release of the AIDM.
  • Liaises with other groups under any Conference, and Industry Committees as required.
  • Maintains a work plan and report regularly to ATSB.
  • Oversees the activities of former Methodology and Accessing PNRs Groups.

Participate:

To view and/or participate in the activities under the Change Management & AIDM Integration Group, please access the SSW site.

 

Membership of the Architecture and Technology Strategy Board (ATSB)

The following representatives have been elected to serve on the ATS Board for a two year period:

Airline NAME TITLE
Air China Yufei Zhang Manager - Application Control
Air France Michele Walter ​Enterprise Solution Architect
American Airlines Austin Lorenzo Principal Architect-Passenger Service System
British Airways TBA  
China Eastern Airlines Yang Xin Manager of NDC Project, Commercial Development Dept, Commercial Committee
China Southern Airlines Lu Chun Vice President of Information Technology Center
Delta Air Lines Jeremy Schneider Managing Director, IT
Emirates Airline Najmi Mansoor Ahmed Enterprise Architect
Hahn Air Lines ​Vincente Zepeda Cabral NDC Integration Manager
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Ralph Nijpels ​Enterprise Architect
LATAM Airlines Pedro Torres Enterprise Architect
Lufthansa Airlines Frank Leipold ​Head of Hub Airline Architecture
Singapore Airlines Lee Joon Hong Principal Technologist (Customer Services System)
Turkish Airlines Derya Tunalilar ​Project Manager, Head of IT Strategy and Governance
United Airlines ​Erik Stogo Director IT
Xiamen Airlines Tang Yu Enterprise Architect
​IATA Secretary ​Jean-Christophe Cornu ​Senior Manager, Technology Standards

The Open API Group:

  • Develops and agrees industry data communication standards based on open technology, including but not limited to REST API, GraphQL, AsyncAPI standards and best practices, with the focus to ensure consistency and interoperability in the implementation of Data Exchange Standards.
  •  Maintains Reference Communications Model (RCM), as a common point of reference for the implementation of communication protocols and the common non-functional requirements, including data exchange security, handling of personally identifiable data or similar standards and best practices.
  •  Liaise with other groups under any Conference, and Industry Committees as required.
  •  Maintains a work plan and report regularly to ATSB.

Standards:

The objective is to facilitate the creation of an industry API standard based on open technology, open industry-owned data definitions and process flows.

 Please find the industry adopted REST API Standards and Best Practices in Open Air Standard.

Participate:

  • Bring your expertise and help us develop the Open API standard by participating in the Open API Group under the Architecture and Technology Strategy Board (ATSB).
  • If you are not the part of the IATA SSW environment, please register using this Guide (pdf), which describes the registration process step-by-step. Please note that membership is open to IATA Members and Strategic Partners.

Certification:

  • IATA’s Open Air certification process validates the compliance of APIs against industry Best Practices described in the Open Air Standard (pdf). Certified APIs will be promoted in the IATA industry API Hub.

Apply for certification now!

 

Fill in the application form (pdf) and submit it to openair@iata.org.

LEVEL 0 Certification

  • The API is documented using Open API Specification 3.0.

LEVEL 1 Certification

 

The EDIFACT Group:

  • Maintains EDIFACT Messages in PADIS Message Directory and coordinates the issuance of PADIS Reservations and Airports EDIFACT Implementation Guides.
  • Liaises with other groups under any Conference, and Industry Committees as required.
  • Maintains a work plan and report regularly to ATSB.

Participate:

To view and/or participate in the activities under the EDIFACT Group, please access the SSW site.

 

The Identity Management Group:

  • Develops technical standards supporting coding regimes governed by IATA passenger standards, building on use cases referred to the group by the ATSB. Examples of use cases include, but are not limited to, the identification of sellers/travel agents in support of distribution standards, airlines/airports and service providers in case of operations standards, and passengers in support of distribution and passenger processing.
  • Analyzes existing identity management technology standards to identify if any standards can be reused or extended to support airline industry use cases.
  • Creates a detailed architecture of how the selected technical standard will be applied and implemented across the airline industry (including the creation of implementation guides and updates of the Reference Communication Model if necessary).