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New NDC Carrier – HitchHiker is the new NDC partner of Pegasus Airlines

With the aim of offering its customers a better user experience on the portals of its affiliated distribution partners as well, Pegasus Airlines is pushing ahead with its NDC programme, called Crane PAX. HitchHiker users can now also benefit from this programme.

Agencies connected through NDC have access to an enhanced fare offering from the airline. This enables them to offer their customers tailor-made products (e.g. branded fares) and negotiated fares and to shorten the time to market for these offers.

Together with HitchHiker, Pegasus Airlines is expanding its network of collaborating technology providers and NDC aggregators to enable agencies to easily connect to the airline’s NDC programme.

As a result, easy bookings and credit card payments are now bookable and available on Pegasus Airlines via the NDC format using the HitchHiker Flight API.

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New NDC Carrier – Qatar Airways available via HitchHiker Flight API

Based on the current NDC standard, a fleet of 190 aircraft worldwide is now available to users of the HitchHiker Flight API. Qatar Airways offers connections to over 100 destinations in Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania.

From Doha International Airport, Qatar Airways flies to 135 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania.

Qatar Airways flights booked through HitchHiker Flight API are charged to the airline’s inventory through BSP/ARC.

Seat reservations, additional bookings, changes and cancellations are also supported.

For collaboration questions, please email sales@hitchhiker.net.

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Meet HitchHiker @ World Aviation Festival 2021

Visit HitchHiker at the World Aviation Festival 2021

Make an appointment with our aviation experts at the World Aviation Festival 2021.

Is the sale and distribution of flights already your daily business and are you interested in topics such as IATA NDC, distribution of fares, seats, ancillaries, dynamic packaging or process automation …?

Then you are cordially invited to visit us at this year’s World Aviation Festival 2021 in ExCeL London. Our team of experts will be happy to take the time to answer your questions on the topic of flight and provide you with initial insights into your individual project.

With 30 years of expertise in the digitalisation of flight booking processes and the software products developed from it, we are also happy to contribute to the solution of your business challenges.

WHERE?     World Aviation Festival ExCeL London, stand no. H20
WHEN?        01-02 December 2021

We look forward to meeting you at ExCeL London.

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HitchHiker’s NDC survey

We want to thank all participants for their time answering our questions regarding NDC.

We assembled the experience and opinion from travel trade professionals all over the world. Together with the experts of Travel.Commerce. we reviewed the responses carefully. And we did what we always do at Hitchhiker: We collected data and displayed them correctly and as easy as possible. The result is a unique view of the current tasks, challenges and opportunities in air distribution. Let’s combine forces and make air distribution as efficient as possible – in challenging times with multiple challenges but great opportunities.

Click HERE to read …

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HitchHiker’s NDC Survey

Dear travel industry friends,

10 Years of NDC
What is good?
What are the experiences?
How many NDC carriers can you handle?
Where are we in the transformation process?

We are interested to hear the echo from our Flight distribution industry.
This is an initiative to improve airfare-business for all of us.

10 Minutes attention
Please support us with your feedback!
You will be rewarded with the summary of this anonymous survey!

Feel free to share this survey with your industry friends, for the best possible picture.
The Survey ends on June 25, 2021.

https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/ndcsurvey21

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AgentPlus NDC booking platform with Air France-KLM fares

Air France-KLM certifies HitchHiker for NDC booking of its private fares

In June 2018, Air France-KLM certified the NDC connection of the Frankfurt software company HitchHiker for the first time. Now the functional scope of the interface has been expanded to include other important fare types.

Recently certified fare types are the airline’s private fares. They include both tour operator, consolidator and “visit friends and relatives” fares.

HitchHiker now also supports bookings with account or corporate code. This enhancement should be of particular interest to business travel agents who want to save the airline’s additional Distribution Cost Charge applied on GDS bookings.

“We are pleased to be one of the first IT providers worldwide to be able to provide the private fares of Air France and KLM via NDC and offer tour operators, wholesalers and business travel agencies real added value through our direct connection,” comments Managing Director Thomas Boffo on the cooperation.

“In these difficult times for our industry, it is important that we focus on our priorities and continue to invest in strategic development areas such as NDC. In this context it is great to see that HitchHiker is one of the first providers of software solutions for the international travel industry to offer the opportunity to distribute our private fares. This is an important step to further support our joint customers”, explains Stefan Gumuseli, General Manager Germany at Air France-KLM.

The airline’s private, corporate and published fares can be booked via the HitchHiker Flight API and the AgentPlus booking platform. For the subsequent management and processing of all bookings, HitchHiker provides a Booking Manager, through which NDC bookings can be processed just as easily as GDS bookings made using the HitchHiker system.

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HitchHiker becomes NDC technology partner of Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is driving its NDC program, called KrisConnect, forward in order to offer its customers a better user experience on the portals of its connected distribution partners. Now, HitchHiker users can also benefit from this program.

In the future, agencies connected via NDC will have access to the airline’s expanded fare content. Further highlights include the ability to offer their customers tailor-made products, such as branded fares, as well as negotiated fares and an accelerated time-to-market for these offers.

Together with HitchHiker, Singapore Airlines is also expanding its network of technology partners and NDC aggregators to enable agencies to easily connect to the airline’s NDC program.

From now on, agencies can use the HitchHiker Flight API to book Singapore Airlines flights, seats, baggage and ancillaries via the NDC format. HitchHiker’s interface also supports calendar shopping, credit card payments, rebooking and cancellations.

In the next step, both companies plan to facilitate automatic notification of the agents e.g. in the event of a schedule change.

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Aegean and Olympic Air available through the HitchHiker Flight API

Based on the current NDC standard, HitchHiker Flight API users can now also connect to Greece’s largest airline, AEGEAN and its subsidiary, OLYMPIC AIR. Additionally, OLYMPIC AIR is exclusively available through direct channels and API connections.

With hubs in Athens, Thessaloniki, Larnaca, Heraklion, Rhodes and Kalamata, both airlines serve combined a route network of currently 113 scheduled destinations. This includes 29 Greek domestic destinations on the mainland and many popular islands.

Additionally, 84 international scheduled destinations are offered mainly in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, but also with 21 codeshare agreements North America, Australia and Asia.

With this, the airlines are following their mission and “travel passengers through an extensive network of destinations, which connects every corner of Greece and Greece with the world.”

AEGEAN and OLYMPIC AIR flights booked through HitchHiker’s Flight API are settled via BSP or a Credit Card (Visa & Mastercard) on Airline’s Stock. Functions for seat reservation, booking ancillary services, as well as modifying & cancelling bookings are also supported.

The Star Alliance members also offer the opportunity to earn miles through the Miles+Bonus program when flying AEGEAN. 

Further information on the cooperation can be obtained by telephone under +49 69 507030 or by e-mail to sales@hitchhiker.net.

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HitchHiker connects Chinese technology provider WETKT

WETKT is a young and rapidly growing technology company based in Hong Kong, who will make its content available through the HitchHiker Flight API with immediate effect.

Through cooperation with numerous leading wholesalers, OTAs and airlines within China, WETKT provides its customers with access to exclusive discounts and special fares for local airlines. These airlines include for instance China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines as well as 36 additional airlines serving both Chinese domestic and international routes.

With WETKT, HitchHiker gains another strong, local partner in Asia, who guarantees not only the ability to book a large number of regional airlines, but also high service quality through an experienced 24/7 helpdesk with good English language skills.

Further information on the new collaboration can be requested by telephone (+49 69 507030) or by sending an e-mail to sales@hitchhiker.net.

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