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The International Union of Railways (UIC) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The agreement outlines that each party will work to strengthen their cooperation in standard setting and interoperability initiatives, with a focus on data exchange standards supporting intermodal travel.
UIC and IATA will explore collaboration opportunities from the dual perspectives of existing distribution processes and standards, as well as transformative retail-based “offer-order” processes and standards, under the MoU agreement. These efforts will offer significant opportunity for value-creation within intermodal partnerships.
François Davenne, UIC Director General, said: “This MoU confirms the desire to really promote multimodality. Offering customers a single ticket for rail and air travel gives them the opportunity to choose the best of both worlds by optimising their journey as well as their carbon footprint. In addition, both IATA and UIC are currently developing tomorrow’s digital standards for ticketing applications: to work on established interfaces right from the design phase is an exciting prospect.”
UIC and IATA will focus on multiple areas for dialogue and cooperation around standards and interoperability, including:
Director General and CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, said: “For 75 years, IATA’s mission has included supporting and facilitating the development of the commercial standards that enable the smooth and efficient operation of a globally inter-connected air transport network. As customers increasingly seek sustainable travel options, it is important that providers work together to provide seamless exchanges of passengers and passenger information. IATA has extensive experience in facilitating standards development to support intramodality and our MoU with UIC is an important step toward strengthening this activity.”
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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