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IATA has been working on an industry-wide initiative to enhance the distribution and communication capability between airlines, GDS and travel agents. This enables you to give your customers a range of options, wider choice and ensure a smoother booking experience.
We have been a leading player in developing the NDC standard and launched British Airways NDC in July 2015, which is still ongoing for interested parties from across the travel industry.
In order to access our NDC Capability, all agents have the following options:
1. Connect directly with the airline system
2. Connect via an NDC Service Provider
3. Connect via a GDS
4. Connect to the British Airways and Iberia Booking Portal
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NDC is an IATA initiative for the adoption of a data transmission standard within the airline industry. NDC is not a new system, it's simply a modern web-based messaging language.
NDC covers the end-to-end booking process and shows you the information that ba.com or another airline’s website would display. So together we can manage the whole travel experience including shopping, booking, payment & ticketing, servicing and interlining.
British Airways has been a lead player in developing the NDC standard and we are open to interested parties from across the travel industry.
The British Airways Shop and Order APIs currently include:
NDC provides you with an internet-based connection with more capability than is currently available today. The booking process is simpler and easier so you can view the entire range of products and services we offer with comprehensive information to help you advise your customers.
Instead of schedules, availability and fares coming from various sources, these will be combined. We provide standardised and consistent details about what we can offer customers.
In addition, NDC enables us to distribute previously unavailable products and services to the GDS. This will include the ability to add flight ancillaries to bookings made in the GDS.
NDC benefits us as an airline, giving us improved capability to display our range of products and services in a useful and straightforward way. The end customer benefits with a more transparent booking process so they can make informed decisions about what each airline offers and who they decide to travel with.
British Airways NDC offers a direct link into our host reservation system for flight search, booking and ticketing. We use a modern API (Application Programming Interface) technology to allow for distribution of our products and services.
We are open to all interested parties, subject to technical and commercial criteria. This includes IATA agents, distribution providers and other parties.
Our NDC APIs will enhance your ability to retail the full range of our products.
You can access these services by Shop and Order Integration, or through connection to one of our NDC Service Providers. Details of how to apply are below and you will also need to complete the Certification process if you're interested in live bookings.
By participating in British Airways NDC, you will be able to:
Participation in British Airways NDC is entirely optional and free of charge.
Becoming a test partner does not guarantee access to live booking capability. We will assess each application according to commercial and technical criteria.
You should identify your preferred connection type before applying for access to British Airways NDC:
At present, we are able to support the vast majority of markets through NDC. However, some may still be restricted for technical or commercial reasons. Please visit us at ndc.ba.com for details of availability in your market(s).
For any other queries or to participate in British Airways NDC, contact your British Airways/Iberia Account Manager or visit us at ndc.ba.com
For more information about the IATA NDC Program, visit www.iata.org/ndc
For more information about our Shop and Order APIs, visit and register on developer.ba.com
For press queries, you can contact our Press Office
Find more useful information about NDC in our user guide.
Please refer to our informational video below for an introduction to NDC.