Qatar Airways’s new distribution agreement with Sabre Travel Solutions provides the airline with extensive global reach and greater flexibility and personalisation to travellers.
The partnership enables Qatar to market and sell its extensive tariffs via Sabre’s new distribution capability (NDC), while Sabre Travel Marketplace ensures that Qatar’s content is easily accessed. Implementation work has begun to distribute a unique NDC offering through Sabre’s new distribution channels. This NDC provides a seamless end-to-end workflow that seamlessly integrates with established agency operations.
Qatar’s global reach is enhanced by Sabre’s extensive network of more than 425,000 travel agents. Sabre’s estimated US$120 billion in the processing of annual travel spend also ensures that the airline’s retail capabilities receive a mega boost.
Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Airways said that with the recovery of international travel, the landscape has also become more complex, and it is important that the airline does not add additional obstacles such as surcharges, restrictions or inefficient technical solutions while it deploys new NDC-based product offerings.
“We are therefore focused on providing a consistent shopping experience through all channels, to meet the expectations of our travellers and promote the success of our agency partners,” said Antinori.
Roshan Mendis, CEO of Sabre Travel Solutions added that this new retail approach is needed to respond to personalised services and the increased flexibility travellers expect. Importantly, the partnership is beneficial to the travel ecosystem in the long-term.
Qatar Airways has been operating on a consistent schedule throughout the pandemic and has rebuilt its route network around more than 140 destinations.