Direct Data Service

Where the world goes for airline data.

Direct Data Service (DDS) provides the travel industry with timely, accurate, cost-effective access to global airline market data. An all-in-one comprehensive source, this game-changing initiative is led by Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The service is built on the travel agency sales data captured through the ARC and IATA's financial settlement systems and ticket sales contributed by airlines participating into the program. DDS could not exist without airline cooperation and commitment. The world's leading carriers are actively contributing their sales data to the program, providing unprecedented visibility into both direct and indirect channel activity. Together, these sources represent the single largest repository of airline sales data available in the market.

ARC and IATA are excited to partner to connect the travel industry through powerful data aggregated from multiple sources. Working with participating carriers, they are collaborating to bring an unmatched supply of sales data to the world. DDS will revolutionize the way industry professionals get information.

Participating carriers can access DDS via a secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) or web-based data analytics tool. Custom reports are also available based on individual business needs.

For Carriers

DDS Feed allows airlines to easily integrate data directly into their proprietary systems and data warehouses.

Key features:

  • Single-source data file containing 60 standard and nine optional data elements, including:
    • Ticket/document (for validating/marketing carrier only)
    • Flight itinerary
    • Carrier
    • Distribution channel
    • Point-of-sale
    • Financial (Industry Average Fare)
    • Issue and travel date
  • Convenient delivery options (daily or monthly)
  • Flexible output based on geographic selections (airport, country, regional, global)
  • Standardized output for seamless integration into existing carrier systems
  • Delivered in .txt format
  • Transmitted via SFTP

For Carriers

DDS Web is an interactive web-based analytics tool that gives carriers the convenience of access to DDS data without the labor of system integration.

Key features:

  • Out-of-the-box analytics capability with no airline IT investment
  • Convenient 24/7 access available with an Internet connection
  • Robust query and export capabilities for analysts and other power users
  • Multiple visual display options speed data comprehension by non-technical staff
  • Optional full-market estimates available

Global data from DDS is available to travel industry professionals through customized reports. Data files can be tailored to individual business needs from available data within the following parameters:

  • Ticket/document
  • Flight itinerary
  • Carrier
  • Distribution channel
  • Point-of-sale
  • Financial (including Industry Average Fare)
  • Issue and travel date

DDS helps industry professionals make strategic and tactical decisions that span business operations, including sales, distribution, revenue management, and route and network planning.

Key benefits of DDS include:

  • The convenience of a unified global airline ticket sales database that can be leveraged across the enterprise
  • Analytical capabilities to generate relevant, actionable global airline-specific insights to improve both top-line and bottom-line results
  • The ability to free up airline IT resources in order to focus on strategic, value-added projects
  • The most cost-effective and superior airline data solution available in the market