Does Air Canada have an API?

Air Canada’s direct connect API, called AC2U, has been offering our full suite of content since 2011. It was developed to give you the ability to shop and book itineraries (including Air Canada for Business and Flight Pass). It lets you purchase ancillary products like lounge access and Air Canada Bistro meal vouchers, view seat maps, see advanced and Preferred seat pricing, select seats, cancel and modify bookings, and view Fare Rules.

And now, you can get all of the above and more using IATA’s NDC standards, made available through ATPCO and SITA’s NDC Exchange.

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What is NDC?

NDC (New Distribution Capability) is a travel industry-supported program (NDC Program) launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard (NDC Standard), that enhances communications between airlines and agents.

It’s open to any third party, intermediary, IT provider or non-IATA member, and enables the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure, and business travelers, by addressing the industry’s distribution limitations:

  • Product differentiation and time-to-market
  • Access to full and rich air content
  • Transparent shopping experience

The perks of NDC Exchange

The NDC Exchange is a community-driven marketplace that removes the complexity of multiple messaging versions used by different airlines and travel industry partners, to create easy to exchange customized offers.

ATPCO and SITA are certified IATA NDC-Capable IT providers. Air Canada and the NDC Exchange are both Level 3 NDC certified.

NDC Exchange web services


  • Air shopping/offers Shop for fares and itineraries
  • Offer price Review selections
  • Fare rules View fare rules
  • Service list Purchase ancillaries, like lounge access and Air Canada Bistro meal vouchers
  • Seat availability View seat maps, advanced and Preferred seat pricing, and select seats
  • Order create Complete your booking
  • Order changes Modify your booking
  • Order cancel Cancel your booking
  • Order list Retrieve your booking
  • Air doc display Display your ticket

Curious to learn more about NDC?

If you have any questions or would like more information about the NDC Exchange, simply fill out the form and one of our employees will get back to you shortly.

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