Our team is proud of what it’s built. We’ve got a combined 36 issued and pending patents — the culmination of nine years of continuous development by people who know what it takes to build a mission-critical system. We’ve listened to our clients. Today’s ABB platform is rearchitected, cloud-native, globally deployed, and is designed to be resilient, simple to use and blazingly fast.
As security and privacy concerns continue to grow in an increasingly interconnected world, we’ve dedicated ourselves to protecting customer data – passenger, airline, airport. ABB encrypts data in-transit, can de-identify sensitive content, and provides built-in data localization to ensure full regulatory compliance around the globe.
ABB’s NDC-compliant distribution layer enables searching, shopping and management of interline content through direct and OTA channels.
In response to shopping requests, the ABB system quickly and seamlessly combines flights and ancillaries to generate unique interline itineraries which you can configure to align with your business rules.
ABB draws its inventory from a broad range of network airlines, low-cost carriers, surface transport providers, and other vendors using direct PSS connections and aggregators.
At the center of Air Black Box’s capabilities is TripConductor. It is NDC Level 4 certified – the highest there is – and allows travel products to be defined and sold in far greater detail than in the past. TripConductor allows us to rapidly match and price a wide variety of travel products into compelling packages.
The system automatically ensures that ancillaries across all flight segments are consistent to satisfy any airport’s minimum connection times or to match baggage weight allowances between one airline’s flight and the next. Whether an ultra-low-cost, low-cost or full-service carrier, any airline supporting the itinerary can sell the full range of ancillaries available on each other’s flights.
ABB's TripConductor is a global enabler of IATA NDC Distribution “As a Service.”
TripConductor is deployed in the cloud:
TripConductor can create the offer, the order and ticketing management using NDC APIs.
TripConductor is a simplified vendor inventory distribution marketplace using an industry standard API:
We do the heavy lifting so you can focus on what you do best: flying passengers and cargo.
You control what inventory you want to expose and its price.
Our virtual PSS integrates with airline systems and GDS’s to generate a “super PNR”, which can be accessed by the passenger, supporting airlines, or customer service centers. Even better, all of this functionality adheres to your business rules and branding preferences.
Most importantly, our system allows you to communicate directly with your customer for disruption mitigation, targeted upgrades, marketing programs, and future travel opportunities.
While distribution through a GDS has clear benefits, the barriers to entry can be significant. ABB offers its own GDS subhosting with a high-level connection into GDS. Your airline's inventory can be easily added under the W2 aegis.
ABB provides deep automation capabilities to manage all communications between your PSS and GDS. The airline manages the connection using the ABB Air Admin configuration tool.
You define the inventory that gets listed in the GDS.
This inventory is made available within ABB GDS subhosting:
Automatically upload schedules to OAG and fare information to ATPCO.
Automatically handle all translation and communication between the airline PSS and GDS, including all updates.
The Air Black Box platform is powerful, but also designed with simplicity and ease-of-use in mind. It allows you to quickly expand your distribution reach, your customer base, your network partnerships, and, by extension, your revenue. We provide three options:
You get an ABB-hosted “White label” website. This customizable interline booking engine website for multi-vendor interlining is designed with your airline branding.
You access a standard NDC API that can be linked from the airline back-end or PSS for server-side integration.
Next-generation, cloud-native, scalable e-commerce platform with vendor-branded front-end with interlining booking engine.
Globally deployed, multi-vendor, API-driven NDC distribution layer.
A virtual PSS through TripConductor.
Flexible single-merchant payment model with rapid settlement.
Future-proof foundation with almost limitless possibilities through global NDC marketplace.
Secure, fast multi-tenant solution.
Secured data at-rest and in-motion using encryption and transport layer security (TLS).
Fast graph database with an in-memory cache maintained in a format compatible with NDC to minimize translation overhead when responding to NDC API requests.
If you have any questions
about the technology or would like to schedule a demo