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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.

Project Objective

The Baggage XML pilot seeks to:

  • Provide event based web services re-using RP1741
  • Project approach aligned with IATA Industry Data Model
  • Demonstrate its suitability for deployment
  • Provide a case study for future Implementers
  • Develop/Update standards

Project Benefits

  • Integration: The AIDM model and its XML schema, will allow easier integration of the information across an airline’s operations, resulting in fewer gaps in information captured about passengers, bags and other goods
  • Quality: Data quality will improve with the adoption of XML, leading to fewer failures in messaging, and fewer bags mishandled
  • Reliability: Current parsing practices can result in messages being misinterpreted which leads directly to customers having their bags mishandled
  • 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 Architecture and Technology Strategy Board (ATS) framework to ensure consistency and interoperability with other airline messaging standards with the strategic direction determined by the ASC.

    Organization of Baggage XML Sub-Group – 4 major streams:

    • Technical Solutions Responsibility
    • Editorial Board
    • Test Node and Directory Services
    • Business Implementation

    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.

    If you want to join the sub-group please contact us.

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