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Turkish Airlines enters a new era with its NDC platform – TKC

Turkish Airlines is entering into a new era of distribution technologies with the launch of their New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform, TKCONNECT. Starting from October 1, 2024, TKCONNECT will provide a tailored marketplace, offering differentiated products and benefits, alongside empowering travel agents with exclusive content and services.

The launch of TKCONNECT marks a significant milestone in Turkish Airlines’ mission to enhance passenger experience and to support commercial partners.

Advantages travel agencies include a wide range of exclusive features and privileges, differentiated ticket pricing, NDC only promotional fares, rich content supported with visuals and descriptions, enhanced and promoted ancillary services such as excess baggage, seat selection and special equipment.

Ahmet Olmustur, Turkish Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our new distribution capability platform, TKCONNECT, will be an important milestone in our mission to enhance passenger experiences and support our commercial partners.

“Turkish Airlines provides TKCONNECT to our business partners and travel agencies as part of our goal to always offer advanced technology in a user-friendly way.”

TKCONNECT is offered as three alternative options to meet the needs of Turkish Airlines’ extensive network of commercial partners. TKCONNECT Direct offers instant fare, inventory and additional service opportunities with direct access to Turkish Airlines content via IATA-certified NDC APIs.

TKCONNECT via Aggregator is a facilitated integration point to Turkish Airlines products and services provided by industry-leading, IATA registered and Turkish Airlines certified technology partners.

TKCONNECT User Interface provides instant fare, inventory and additional service opportunities with a user-friendly web-based booking portal that simplifies booking, ticketing and post-ticketing services.

Agencies not yet onboarded as TKCONNECT partners can keep their current setup to Turkish Airlines’ legacy content through Global Distribution Systems (GDS). However, starting from 1 October 2024, bookings made via GDS will incur a distribution cost charge and our differentiated rich content products will only be available for TKCONNECT users.

Travel agents interested in TKCONNECT can discover more details on the Turkish Airlines’ Partners Landing Page (ndc.thy.com) or get in touch with Turkish Airlines’ Sales Team.

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