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Baggage XML Initiative

The Baggage XML project is working towards a sustainable standard for messaging in the area of baggage.

Moving away from today’s legacy practices will bring numerous benefits as well as prepare the industry for a more cost efficient and flexible future.

Moving towards Baggage XML

Baggage management is rapidly evolving, with new processes being continuously introduced. The current messaging standards, which have been in place since 1985, do not provide an easy way to support baggage system integration and innovation.

Baggage message failure or rejection are major causes of baggage mishandling. Current parsing practices can result in messages being misinterpreted, impacting customer service and adding extra cost upon the industry.

Baggage messaging is being implemented in XML based upon the information in the Airline Industry Data Model (AIDM). This allows future developments at a reasonable cost using technology that is almost universally adopted in other industries.

Main benefit areas

  • Cost saving on processing messages
  • Integration of information across airline’s operations
  • Improvement of data quality leading to fewer failures in messaging
  • Innovation within the baggage area with new practices like Electronic Baggage Tags (EBTs)

Baggage XML sub-working group

IATA’s Airport Services Committee (ASC) has endorsed the effort and sponsored the creation of a Baggage XML sub-Working Group to revisit the current information exchange model and develop XML based messaging standards that correspond to today’s industry requirements.

The group operates within the Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards (PADIS) framework to ensure consistency and interoperability with other airline messaging standards with the strategic direction determined by the ASC.

Group members already include numerous airports, airlines, and major IT providers. Airlines and airports involved in IATA baggage activities and IATA Strategic Partners are encouraged to join this effort to ensure that the resulting standards meet industry-wide requirements and to start implementing the new standards.

Join the group

Interested in becoming a member of the Baggage XML group? Contact us at baggage@iata.org.

Baggage XML Schema

The first Baggage XML Schema has been approved as an industry standard by the Passenger Services Conference in September 2017.

You can download the latest schema by filling in the form:

Baggage Schema Download Form
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