ANA and OpenJaw Collaborate to Create NDC Platform


  • •Airline and vendor to collaborate on the creation of new state-of-the-art booking platform.
  • •Launch is planned for the second half of the fiscal year 2019.

TOKYO, April 15, 2019 - All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, will be working with OpenJaw Technologies (OpenJaw) to create a New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform. This advanced new platform will streamline communication between airlines and air ticket distributors such as online search engines and travel agents, leading to benefits for consumers.

Ireland-based OpenJaw is a respected leader in digital travel retail, with a strong presence in Europe and Asia. OpenJaw has a team of talented developers and skilled specialists ready to collaborate with ANA in the development of an NDC platform that will increase ANA's accessibility for distributors. The goal is to use OpenJaw's NDC platform to enable distribution partners to link directly to ANA's reservation system which will streamline the booking process for consumers.

"OpenJaw is a perfect partner for ANA since both companies place an emphasis on setting the standard for excellence in their respective industries," said Akihiko Miura, Executive Vice President of ANA. "As we collaborate to streamline the booking process, ANA is proud to have a partner that shares its values."

"ANA always strives to innovate and bring the latest technology to passengers to improve safety, convenience and efficiency," said Mitsuo Tomita, Senior Vice President of ANA. "NDC will enhance flexibility and have the potential to improve sales. We are planning to integrate the NDC platform in an intuitive way so that ANA will become Japan's NDC leader."

"We are proud to have been chosen as ANA's preferred technology partner for NDC," said Kieron Branagan, CEO of OpenJaw Technologies. "According to IATA, the NDC standard will enable airlines to transform the way air products are retailed by addressing the industry's current distribution limitations. OpenJaw is an IATA NDC and IATA ONE Order Strategic Partner with Level 3 NDC Certification and is committed to transforming airline retailing through the use of NDC standards."

With new customization options, the NDC platform represents a shift in how tickets will be purchased through distributors. The integrated ANA NDC Platform will set the standard for convenience while also delivering wider opportunities for passengers to purchase optional services - such as lounge access - through the distributor's webpage. The dedicated team of professionals building the global NDC platform is targeting a roll-out in the second half of the fiscal year 2019.

To keep the NDC Platform up-to-date, ANA will provide the latest in-flight seat and service images, allowing passengers to make informed choices. Once the NDC Platform has been launched, ANA will work to collaborate with well-known travel fare aggregator websites to expand access to travel agents and service providers.

Contact: ANA Corporate Communications, TEL +81-3-6735-1111, publicrelations@ana.co.jp

About ANA
Following the "Inspiration of Japan" high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation seven years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as "Airline of the Year" three times in the past 10 years - 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.
ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 80 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.
ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
For more information, please refer to the following link.
https://www.ana.co.jp/group/en/

About OpenJaw Technologies

OpenJaw Technologies are reimagining the future of travel retailing with new platforms, new products and new partnerships. OpenJaw customers include the world's biggest travel brands including All Nippon Airways (ANA) as well as several major airlines, rental cars, and hotels.
OpenJaw is a subsidiary of TravelSky Technology Limited, the dominant provider of information technology solutions for China's aviation and travel industry. OpenJaw has its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in Galway (Ireland), Madrid (Spain), Kraków (Poland) and Hong Kong and Dalian (Greater China). For additional information, visit www.openjawtech.com