S7 Airlines has reached the fourth level of the NDC international airline distribution standard
S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld® global aviation alliance, is the first Russian airline to receive the NDC international standard’s fourth level certification, which is used to sell tickets on the websites of online agents and meta-search engines.
The use of NDC allows online agents to have direct access to the most complete information about the airline’s flights and services in a standardized format. The fourth level provides for the complete management of offers and orders on the agent side. An additional advantage is the built-in service for efficient communication between airlines and online agents, for example, in the case of scheduling changes.
“It is important for us to ensure that S7 Airlines passengers can conveniently purchase tickets through any channel. If they prefer to make travel plans on the websites of online agencies, our task is to provide all the conditions to make this possible. Several years ago, we developed the S7 Agent API, a special software product for our partners, which was based on IATA NDC standards. When connected to it, online agents get direct access to all S7 Airlines services, including additional options, such as choosing a seat in the cabin, arranging for additional baggage, and more. Obtaining the fourth level NDC certification will allow us to interact with partners even more effectively. In 2020, we intend to get the NDC @ Scale, which is the highest-level certification,” said Yekaterina Dmitruk, S7 Group Deputy General Director for Sales.
The modern technological solution simplifies the purchase of airline tickets from online agents for passengers. In particular, it helps passengers avoid situations such as choosing a wrong fare or service as a result of inaccurate or incomplete information on the agency’s website.
NDC (New Distribution Capability) is the standard for data exchange between airlines and airline ticket agents, developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
S7 Airlines S7 Airlines (a brand of Siberia Airlines, www.s7.ru) is a member of the oneworld® global aviation alliance.
The airline has a wide network of domestic routes built around its hubs in Moscow (Domodedovo) and Novosibirsk (Tolmachevo). S7 Airlines operates regular flights to countries of the CIS , Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2007, the airline received an official IATA notice of inclusion in the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) operator register and became the second airline in Russia to successfully pass the full international audit procedure for compliance with operational safety standards.
S7 Airlines uses the latest advances of the global aviation industry in passenger service and is actively expanding its offerings.
Currently, S7 Airlines has the most modern aircraft fleet on the Russian air transportation market. All of the airline’s flights are operated on aircraft made by the world’s leading manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer.
S7 Airlines is included in the TOP-100 of the best airlines in the world and ranks third in Eastern Europe according to the reputable international Skytrax rating. In 2019, S7 Airlines was recognized as the best Russian airline, according to the National Geographic Traveler Awards.
Based on the results of 2019, S7 Airlines is among the top 5 of the most punctual European airline, according to the ratings by OAG and Cirium, reputable analytical agencies.
S7 Airlines is one of the most environmentally friendly air carriers in the world, according to the Atmosfair environmental organization. In 2018, the airline ranked 16th in the world rating.
In 2019, S7 Airlines was included in the ranking of the most attractive employers in Russia, according to Forbes, where it was recognized the best among airlines.
At the end of 2018, S7 Airlines became the recipient of the Skyway Service Award in two categories: the Best Airline in the Economy Class, Domestic Regular Flights and the Best Loyalty Program categories. S7 Airlines is the winner of the Safety Leaders Award in the Transport Safety: Flight Safety nomination.
S7 Airlines has been repeatedly awarded the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Prize for its advertising projects and received My Planet Travel Award for discoveries in the field of travel.
The airline is part of the S7 Group of companies. In 2019, the group’s airlines transported more than 17.9 million passengers.