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Airline industry standards

Set standards. Build partnerships. Cultivate leadership.

Developing and adopting guidelines that support every organization 

ATPCO Industry Standards, sometimes called Data Application, describe technical standards for data. They are a reliable foundation for producing consistent pricing and retailing results from data that airlines provide. The standards make sure that these results, whether for consumers or other businesses, accurately reflect what airlines expect for themselves and for third-party systems representing their offers. 

Reduce costs

Standards reduce discrepancies and duplication across the supply chain and help development occur faster

Facilitate innovation

Reliable standards make interoperability a reality and allow for supplier innovation in a pro-competitive marketplace

Build in compliance

Standards are designed to comply with regulations, so adhering to standards makes compliance easier

Curious to learn more? Download our Standard for Standards (PDF)

Join a group

Network with visionaries and ignite thought leadership. Foster collaboration and set industry standards. These communities are waiting for you to position your organization and the whole airline industry for the future.

The Board of Directors consists of the world’s largest passenger airlines. Meeting in person twice a year, they ratify ATPCO’s strategy, budget, and plan, including standards-setting activity.  

Consisting of the world’s largest distribution channels, the council meets three times a year to review broad strategic questions, facilitate getting solutions to market faster, and generate a collaborative roadmap for pricing and retailing automation, including standards-setting activity.

Who should join? 

  • Professional level: Senior executives (director-level and above)

  • Expertise: Experts in tech and digital who are forward-thinking and can bring new and emerging technology ideas to life

ATPCO's five Councils help ATPCO prioritize and take action on high-impact industry initiatives, and then track meaningful measures of the results. ATPCO Councils focus on industry standards and tools so products enter the market faster, solutions are adopted more broadly, processes are aligned to reduce disputes, and automation replaces manual processes. 

Who should join?

  • Professional level: Senior executives (director-level and above)
  • Expertise: Key players who have budget authority and decision-making power to align the industry

The industry community includes any organization with an interest in airline pricing and retailing. Members are encouraged to participate in the standards-setting process from initial request through consensus, adoption, and maintenance. They might submit a request or raise a problem, prioritize an idea, help design a solution, agree to the publication of a standard, or adopt or advocate for a standard. 

Working groups are where airlines and channels gather to solve industry business needs. People representing different perspectives connect here to drive results—whether it’s setting an industry standard or coming up with solutions to a problem, working groups are a way for individuals and organizations to make lasting, positive impacts on our industry.

Who should join?

  • Professional level: Business users, analysts, leads, managers, supervisors 

  • Expertise: Industry experts with knowledge of ATPCO products or solutions, airline business expertise, and a desire to solve challenges that exist today 

How can I get involved?

The ATPCO community welcomes airlines, providers to airlines, industry organizations, and other third parties. Anyone may participate in the solutioning and design process as long as the company has a valid ATPCO user ID and password and is:

  • An airline able to prioritize standards work based on airline benefit 
  • A provider or consumer of ATPCO pricing or retailing data (to participate in the consensus process) 


Ways you can stay connected

Join an active working group to help build new solutions for the industry.

Visit our standards and development pages to access the latest documentation and adoption information.

Periodically review and respond to Industry Feedback items.

Subscribe to the Weekly Roundup email for updates on proposed business requests and solutions.