Distribution Chain
  • 15 Nov 2021
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Overview

The Distribution Chain aids Airlines identify the parties within the transaction from the Customer (via any intermediaries) to the Airline. Each party can identify themselves as a Seller, Distributer or Carrier, and optionally add additional identification information along with a mandatory identifier.

Sample Implementation

A Distribution Chain Link will be added for each party in the chain; its the responsibility of that last organisation before the airline to ensure all the information is relevant and complete before sending to the airline.

Some items to note:

  • The Ordinal is the order at which the parties have corresponded, in increments of 1, seeded at 0.
  • The Organisation ID can be any type of identifier (for example a carrier code such as ‘XB’ or an Aggregator identifier as bilaterally defined)
  • The Role is defined as Seller, Distributor or Carrier (as per the Enum)
  • Optionally, parties can add additional contact information within
CLID
For identification of corporate fares, CLID, please use the Offer and Order Criteria.
<n1:DistributionChain>
	<cns:DistributionChainLink>
		<cns:Ordinal>0</cns:Ordinal>
		<cns:OrgRole>Seller</cns:OrgRole>
		<cns:ParticipatingOrg>
			<cns:OrgID>SELLER0001</cns:OrgID>
		</cns:ParticipatingOrg>
	</cns:DistributionChainLink>
	<cns:DistributionChainLink>
		<cns:Ordinal>1</cns:Ordinal>
		<cns:OrgRole>Carrier</cns:OrgRole>
		<cns:ParticipatingOrg>
			<cns:OrgID>XB</cns:OrgID>
		</cns:ParticipatingOrg>
	</cns:DistributionChainLink>
</n1:DistributionChain>

Distribution Chain Roles

Roles

Meaning

Examples of Organizations who may perform the role

Seller

An organization that offers a shopping capability to a shopper.

We Love Holidays Ltd trading as Love Holidays.

Distributor

An organization that provides a distribution capability. Consolidator, Aggregator, also known as an intermediary except for the Seller which is also an intermediary is represented separately.

Amadeus IT Group, S.A.

Carrier

An organization which carries the passenger, baggage, or goods, and/or commits to delivering the carriage as well as any related services such as issuance of ticket, creation of Order, etc.

 

Using the Distribution Chain

Scenario 1

General / Corporate (Corporate ID/CLID passed in ProgamContract/ContractID or Corporate Code passed in ProgramAccount (Corp fares)

Ordinal: 1

Role: Seller
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Acme Travel Agency
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: Identification
SalesAgent/ID: * Potentially a sub agent, as bilaterally agreed.
SalesBranch/ID: * PCC as bilaterally agreed

Ordinal: 2

Role: Distributer
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Global Aggregators R Us
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: AGG0001
SalesAgent/ID:  
SalesBranch/ID: 

Ordinal: 3

Role: Carrier
ParticipatingOrg/Name: IATA Air
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: XB
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Scenario 2

General / Corporate directly calling the Carrier (Corporate ID/CLID passed in ProgamContract/ContractID or Corporate Code passed in ProgramAccount (Corp fares)

Ordinal: 1

Role: Seller
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Jerry's Corporate Systems
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: ABC0001 * for example: IATA, TIDS, or BILATERAL Identifier
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 2

Role: Carrier
ParticipatingOrg/Name: IATA Air
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: XB
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Scenario 3

TIDs agent with Consolidator

--> Shopping

Ordinal: 1

Role: Seller
ParticipatingOrg/Name: TIDs Agent
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: 88888888
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 2

Role: Distributer
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Global Aggregators R Us
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: AGG0001
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 3

Role: Carrier
ParticipatingOrg/Name: IATA Air
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: XB
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

--> Paying

Ordinal: 1

Role: Seller
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Consolidator Agent
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: 8888555
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 2

Role: Distributer
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Global Aggregators R Us
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: AGG001
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 3

Role: Carrier
ParticipatingOrg/Name: IATA Air
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: XB
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Scenario 4

OTA

Ordinal: 1

Role: Seller
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Acme Online Travel Agency
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: 98345672
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 2

Role: Carrier
ParticipatingOrg/Name: IATA Air
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: XB
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

When to populate the Chain

It is understood that each party adds to the Distribution Chain as needed however the last Distributer (last organisation before the airline) is responsible for populating this structure.

Ordinal: 2

Role: Distributer
ParticipatingOrg/Name: Global Aggregators R Us
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: AGG0001
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

Ordinal: 3

Role: CarrierParticipatingOrg/Name: IATA Air
ParticipatingOrg/OrgID: XB
SalesAgent/ID:
SalesBranch/ID:

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