Travelport and Qatar Airways agree new ‘comprehensive’ distribution agreement

Travelport and Qatar Airways agree new ‘comprehensive’ distribution agreement

Expansion of ‘decades-long’ partnership covers New Distribution Capability content

Travelport has announced it has agreed a new distribution deal with Qatar Airways.

Travelport described the new deal with Qatar as “comprehensive” and “long-term” that will “underpin the airline’s omni-channel, advanced retailing strategy”.

The includes, for the first time, New Distribution Capability content and “advanced travel merchandising solutions” on the next-generation Travelport+ platform.

Including the distribution of NDC content will enable agents to “shop and book dynamic and personalized offers”, said Travelport.

It added that “this will enable the airline to offer differentiated value propositions closely tailored to micro customer segments”.

The partnership also covers Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding solution which provides travel agents with rich images and descriptions on fares and ancillaries.

Thierry Antinori, chief commercial officer at Qatar Airways, said: “We’re excited about the next chapter with Travelport supporting our growth ambitions.

“As we look forward to the recovery in travel, we do not want to add additional obstacles such as surcharges, restrictions or inefficient technical solutions, as we deploy new NDC-based product offerings.

“Our aim is to provide a consistent shopping experience through all channels, to meet the expectations of our customers and promote the success of our travel trade partners.”

Jason Clarke, chief commercial officer, Travel Partners at Travelport, added: “As the world returns to travel, this is an opportune time to expand our decades-long relationship with Qatar Airways.

“We share a vision of modern digital travel retailing, and believe that this combination of NDC content, cutting-edge merchandising technology, and advanced data intelligence – all made possible by our game-changing Travelport+ platform – will enable the agency sales channel to offer travellers the five-star service Qatar Airways is known for.”