The Plan Standards Board manages the development of standards concerning any interaction between airlines and any other parties for the purposes of exchanging information about which services are intended to be made available and to whom; and the management of any corresponding reference data.

This includes but is not limited to schedule exchange standards, minimum connecting time standards, Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreements and industry coding.

Groups under the Plan Board:

  • Industry Coding Group
  • Interline Group
  • Schedules Publication Group
  • Slot Messaging Group
  • Minimum Connecting Times Groups
  • Exhaustion of Flight Numbers and Industry Codes Group 

 

The Industry Coding Group:

  • Deals with matters concerning industry coding, including the associated business requirements including but not limited to airline designators, accounting codes and prefixes; location codes; and baggage tag issuance codes.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to create or amend standards governing these processes. Ensures that proposals align with existing standards.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to amend Resolution 762, 763, 767, 769.
  • Liaises with other process owning groups under any Conference, and advisory groups under Industry Committees.
  • Explores changes to industry coding systems to support sustainability, and supports the new and evolving coding requirements of emerging distribution standards.
  • Advises IATA Management on interpretation and clarification of Coding standards where required.
  • Maintains a work plan and reports regularly to Plan Standards Board.

Participate:

To view and/or particiate in the activies under the Industry Coding Group, please access the SSW site. If you are not the part of 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.

 

Membership of the Plan Standards Board (PSB)

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

Airline NAME TITLE
Aeromexico Federico John Ruiz Davies  
Air China Peng Liu Senior Manager - Network Planning
Air France Thierry Vanhaverbeke IM Director Network
Alitalia Stefano Rizzo Head of Scheduling and Slot
American Airlines Dave Scott Managing Director - Schedule Implementation
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Mohammed Salahuddin Deputy General Manager- Pricing & RMS
British Airways Andy Tunnacliffe Partnerships and PSS Support Manager
China Airlines ​Yu-Jen Wu ​GM of Networking Planning Dept.
​Delta Air Lines ​Glen Bell ​Manager, Schedule Publication
Deutsche Lufthansa ​Marjana Stern ​Head of Scheduling Hub MUC
​Emirates ​Shrikant Kiran Yadery ​Schedule Development & Slots Portfolio Manager
Hahn Air ​Alexander Proschka Head of Hahn Air Systems & Air Technologies
KLM ​George Voorman ​Manager Schedule Slot and Fleet planning Europe
LATAM Airlines ​Soledad Berrios ​Senior Vice-President Strategic Alliances
LOT Polish Airlines ​Robert Ludera ​Director Network and Alliances
Qatar Airways Mandar Prakash Pradhan Manager Schedules Planning
Turkish Airlines ​Murat Baş ​SVP Network Planning
United Airlines ​Michele Boyce ​Director, Airport Access
Virgin Australia ​Matthew Yarrow ​Head of Network Management
​IATA Secretary ​Isabella Ioannoni ​Senior Manager Plan Standards, ADS

​The Interline Group

  • Deals with matters concerning the interline system, and multilateral interline agreements.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to create or amend standards governing these processes to the extent that they are not owned by other groups.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to amend:
    • Resolution 780
    • Resolution 780b, c, d
    • Recommended Practice 1780e, 1780f 1781
  • Liaises with other process owning groups under any Conference, and advisory groups under Industry Committees.
  • Explores changes to the interline system and multilateral interline agreements to support new and evolving requirements of emerging interline models.
  • Maintains a work plan and reports regularly to the Plan Standards Board.

Interline Repository:

A new Interline Repository  (live since July 2020). The Repository assists airlines in identifying potential new partners and aims to increase the transparency and time to action between carriers. If you would like to add to your details to the repository, please contact standards@iata.org

Participate:

To view and/or particiate in the activies under the Interline Group, please access the SSW site. If you are not the part of 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.

 

​The Schedules Publications Group

SPG is responsible for the development procedures and formats for the exchange of schedules data messaging standards, maintained withing the Standards Schedules Information Manual (SSIM). SPG also recommends amendments to aircraft type codes , airport passenger terminal codes, time zone information and region codes published as part of SSIM standards. The SSIM is published yearly in March however the SSIM Web application will receive updated content throughout the year.  

The SPG meets annually following to the June Slot Conference. The Slot Conference (SC) is a working conference.

  • Deals with matters concerning Airline schedule data standards used by airlines, GDSs and data aggregators including the associated business requirements.
  • Reviews and proposes amendments to IATA codes in particular the Aircraft Types, Passenger Terminal Indicators, Region Codes and UTC-Local Time Comparisons.
  • Reviews, proposes and manages Meal and Inflight Service codes and Service Type codes.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to create or amend standards governing these processes. Ensures that proposals align with existing standards and that requirements and are documented with a corresponding change to Implementation Guidance where applicable.
  • Review and endorse proposals to amend:
  • Reviews proposals and develops recommendations to amend other related Resolutions and Recommended Practices.
  • Liaises with other process owning groups under the PSC and advisory groups under Industry Committees as required.
  • Maintains a work plan and reports regularly to the Plan Standards Board.

Schedules XML Work Group (SchedX)

The SchedX Work Group develops business requirements and maintains implementation guides for XML schemas for Scheduling messages (SSIM Chapters 2-5 & 7).

Schedules Messages

Schedule Publication Messages, Implementation Guides and XML Schemas for the exchange of airline schedules information standards.

Participate:

To view and/or particiate in the activies under the Schedules Publication Group, please access the SSW site. If you are not the part of IATA SSW environment, please register using this Guide (pdf), which describes the registration process step-by-step.  Please note that membership is open to Member Airlines, Strategic Partners and Airport Coordinators participating in the IATA Slot Conference

To submit the amendments to the Passenger Terminals in SSIM Appendix D use this Form (pdf).

 

 

​The Slot Messaging Group

The Slot Messaging Group is responsible for the development of messaging standards related to Airport slot/schedule coordination between airlines, airport coordinators and facilitators maintained within the Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM).  The SMG also reviews and proposes amendments to IATA codes in particular the Aircraft Types, Passenger Terminal Indicators, Region Codes and UTC-Local Time Comparisons as well as manages Service Type codes, Additional Information codes and Coordinator Reason codes (SAL/SAQ/SCR/SHL) published as part of the SSIM standards. The SSIM is published yearly in March however the SSIM Web application will receive updated content throughout the year.

The SMG meets annually following the June Slot Conference. The Slot Conference (SC) is a working conference. As part of the slot process and SSIM standards the conference provides a forum for the allocation of slots at fully coordinated airports (Level 3), and for the reaching of consensus on the schedule adjustments necessary to conform to airport capacity limitations (Level 2).

  • Deals with matters concerning information exchange and standards related to Airport slot/schedule coordination between airlines, airport coordinators and facilitators including the associated business requirements.
  • Reviews and proposes amendments to IATA codes in particular the Aircraft Types, Passenger Terminal Indicators, Region Codes and UTC-Local Time Comparisons. 4
  • Reviews, proposes and manages Service Type codes, Additional Information codes and Coordinator Reason codes (SAL/SAQ/SCR/SHL).
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to create or amend standards governing these processes. Ensure that proposals align with existing standards and that requirements are documented with a corresponding change to Implementation Guidance where applicable, including the IATA Worldwide Slot Guidelines for the management of slots.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to amend:
  • Reviews proposals and develops recommendations to amend other related Resolutions and Recommended Practices
  • Liaises with other process owning groups under the PSC and advisory groups under Industry Committees in particular the Slot Policy Working Group and the Joint Slot Advisory Group as required to meet changing industry requirements and to further the objectives of the SMSG.
  • Maintains a work plan and reports regularly to the Plan Standards Board. 

Slots XML Work Group (SlotsX)

Slots XML Working Group develops business requirements for XML schemas and maintains implementation guides for XML messages between airport coordinators and airlines (SSIM Chapter 6).

Slot Messages

Slot Messages, Implementation Guides and XML Schemas for the communication of slot and airport coordinations standards. 

Participate:

To view and/or particiate in the activies under the Slot Messaging Group, please access the SSW site. If you are not the part of IATA SSW environment, please register using this Guide (pdf), which describes the registration process step-by-step. Please note that membership is open to Member Airlines, Strategic Partners and Airport Coordinators participating in the IATA Slot Conference

To submit the amendments to the Passenger Terminals in SSIM Appendix D use this Form (pdf).

 

​The Minimum Connect Time Group

  • Deals with matters concerning the presentation, application and transfer of MCT data between airlines and data aggregators including the associated business requirements.
  • Recommends future modifications to MCT standards and required Guides in supporting the industry with new standards.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to create or amend standards governing these processes. Ensure that proposals align with existing standards and that requirements and are documented with a corresponding change to Implementation Guidance where applicable.
  • Reviews and endorses proposals to amend:
    • Recommended Practices 1761b
    • Resolution 765
    • Implementation Guides Documentation
    • XML Schemas
  • Reviews proposals and develops recommendations to amend other related Resolutions and Recommended Practices
  • Liaises with other process owning groups under the PSC and advisory groups under Industry Committees such as the Airport Services Committee as required.
  • Maintains a work plan and reports regularly to the Plan Standards Board.

MCT Downloads

 

SSIM Chapter 8 - MCT Standards (pdf), MCT User Guide (pdf), MCT Technical Guide (pdf), Carrier Submission Example Template  (xls)

MCT XML Work Group (MCTX)

The MCT XML Work Group develops business requirements and maintains implementation guides for XML schemas for MCT messaging standards (SSIM Chapter 8).

Participate:

To view and/or particiate in the activies under the Minimum Connecting Time Group, please access the SSW site.If you are not the part of 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.

 

The Exhaustion of Flight Numbers and Industry Codes Group:

During the Passenger Standards Conference (PSC) 2019, the industry endorsed the initiative to explore growing concerns related to the exhaustion of flight numbers and industry codes. 

The Group’s focus will be on considering impacts, evaluating new flight identifier and codes options, exploring and recommending short and long term industry solutions while assessing the current PSC Resolutions governing such standards. 

Participate:

To view and/or particiate in the activies under the EXAUST FLT #/CODES Group, please access the SSW site.If you are not the part of IATA SSW environment, please register using this Guide (pdf), which describes the registration process step-by-step.

Airlines and Strategic Partners are invited to be members of the Group.  Participants are required to have current experience and day-to-day involvement with systems and industry processes supporting the usage of industry codes and/or flight numbers as well as solid understanding of digital transformations shaping the future requirements for industry identifiers.