Open AXIS Group

Open AXIS Group

November 09, 2010 16:17 ET

Open AXIS Group Ushers in Distribution 2.0

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - Open AXIS Group today announced the publication of a white paper advocating for improved transparency and traveler-authenticated shopping capabilities across all distribution channels. The paper, titled Distribution 2.0: Innovating the Airline Distribution Channel, is available for immediate download at http://www.openaxisgroup.org/distribution2-0.html.

Distribution 2.0 is a new Indirect Channel model that expands the level of airline products and services available to agencies, corporations, Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and other travel intermediaries, while simultaneously enabling a distinctive competitive distribution advantage for suppliers. Based on technology and workflows already in production today, Distribution 2.0 seeks to eliminate the disparity – or the Distribution Gap – that presently exists between the airline Direct Channel and the Indirect Channel.

"Until the Distribution Gap is eliminated, there will be a continual erosion of customer and agency/intermediary satisfaction with the Indirect Channel," said Jim Young, executive director of Open AXIS Group. "Distribution 2.0 is intended by our members to be a call to action for the industry to come together and give the Indirect Channel a long overdue upgrade."

About the Open AXIS Group

Open AXIS Group is a member-based, not-for-profit organization founded by North America's largest airlines and ATPCO. Its primary goal is advocacy and promotion of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) as the optimal electronic messaging structure for airline system connectivity used in content distribution. In support of this purpose, the Open AXIS (Airline XML Integration Standard) Group has developed and maintains a standardized XML schema tailored to the airline industry that is capable of delivering comprehensive functionality to both the supply and demand sides of the travel supply chain on a worldwide basis.

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