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UN/EDIFACT
UNITED NATIONS STANDARD MESSAGE (UNSM)

Availability request - interactive message

Version:D
Release:98A
Contr. Agency:UN
Revision:1
Date:98-02-23
SOURCE:Joint Rapporteurs Message Design Group - JM10

CONTENTS
Availability request - interactive message
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. SCOPE
    1. Functional definition
    2. Field of application
    3. Principles
  3. REFERENCES
  4. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    1. Standard terms and definitions
  5. MESSAGE DEFINITION
    1. Data segment clarification
    2. Data segment index (alphabetical sequence)
    3. Message structure
      1. Segment table

For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.6, UN/ECE UNSM General Introduction


This message also occurs in the following versions of this standard:
D98A, D99A, D99B, D00A, D00B, D01A, D01B, D01C, D02A, D02B, D03A, D03B, D04A, D04B

0. INTRODUCTION

This specification provides the definition of the Availability request - interactive message (AVLREQ) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1. SCOPE


1.1. Functional Definition

An interactive Travel, Tourism and Leisure Availability Request is sent by a customer or his agent, to a service provider to request availability for a Travel, Tourism and Leisure service. The Travel, Tourism and Leisure Availability Response - Interactive (AVLRSP) is utilised to provide an interactive response to the interactive availability request.


1.2. Field of Application

The Availability request - interactive message may be used for both national and international applications. It is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.


1.3. Principles

AVLREQ may be used for the following functions within the Interactive Scenario for Travel, Tourism and Leisure:

(1) to request a general availability for any hotel, rental car, train trip, airline flight, or tour in a specific city or geographical region for a date or range of dates. The request may include selection criteria, such as, the hotel is on the ocean or the rooms have fireplaces or the airline flight is non-stop.

(2) to request availability for one or more specific hotels, rental cars, train trips, airline flights, or tours for a specific date.

(3) to request rules and rates that may apply to the availability.


2. REFERENCES

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.6 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS


3.1. Standard terms and definitions

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.6 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


4. MESSAGE DEFINITION


4.1. Data Segment Clarification

This section should be read in conjunction with the Segment Table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.

0010 UIH, Message header

A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Availability request - interactive message is AVLREQ.

Note: Availability request - interactive messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UIH, composite S306:

Data element0065AVLREQ
0312D
031698A
0051UN

It should also be noted that the data elements shown above for composite S306 are those specified in the draft version of the I-EDI syntax, published and approved for trial in document TRADE/WP.4/R.1157/Add.2 on 28 July 1995.

0020 MSD, Message action details

A segment identifying the industry type (i.e. air, car, train, accommodations, etc.) and business function of the message.

0030 ORG, Originator of request details

A segment providing data pertaining to the originator of the interactive request (i.e. travel agent identity and location and the commercial computer reservations system delivering the message).

0040 PDT, Product information

A segment to indicate a class of service for which availability is requested.

0050 NUN, Number of units

Number and identifying qualifier to indicate number of adults or children pertaining to the entire request.

0060 RPI, Quantity and action details

A number to indicate how many units of the product is needed to be available.

0070 FTI, Frequent traveller information

Frequent traveller program information relating to the entire Travel, tourism and Leisure (TT&L) availability request (frequent flier number).

0080 CRI, Consumer reference information

Consumer reference information relating to the entire TT&L availability request (corporate discount number, personal profile number).

0090 ITM, Item number

Numbers assigned to information in the previous response which may be used to make a request without repeating all the information.

0100 PLI, Product location information

A segment to indicate the location by geographic area, reference point, or direction for which an available product is requested.

0110 PMT, Payment information

Payment information which may be used to determine if a product is available.

0120 SDT, Selection details

Information pertaining to the entire request to specify special criteria for selecting products that are available.

0130 NAM, Party name

To specify additional originator information that may be used to determine what products are available.

0140 RTC, Rate types

To indicate the rate codes for which availability is requested.

0150 HDI, Hardware device information

Information specifying terminal equipment addresses and device types. This information may be used for tracing and security purposes.

0160 TFF, Tariff information

Tariff information relating to the entire TT&L availability request.

0170 SSR, Special requirement details

Details pertaining to special services or special requests to determine the criteria for selecting available products.

0180 CUR, Currencies

To specify the currency when requesting products within a certain price range.

0190 RUL, Rule information

To specify rules that may affect the availability request.

0200 Segment Group 1: TVL-PRD-ITM-TFF-APD-SG2

This segment group provides date, location, price range, and other criteria for selecting products to check for availability.

0210 TVL, Travel product information

Information identifying the TT&L product or service (service provider, service location, date of service, service description, etc.).

0220 PRD, Product identification

The identification of a specific product or service and the level or type of service.

0230 ITM, Item number

Numbers assigned to information in the previous response which may be used to make a request without repeating all the information.

0240 TFF, Tariff information

Tariff information relating to a particular product or service.

0250 APD, Additional transport details

Supplementary services required of a particular product or service.

0260 Segment Group 2: NUN-CRI

This segment group provides information pertaining to the number of adults and children and their ages for a particular product or service.

0270 NUN, Number of units

To specify the number of adults and children.

0280 CRI, Consumer reference information

To specify the ages of the travellers for whom availability is requested.

0290 Segment Group 3: TIF-FTI-SSR

This segment group provides information pertaining to an individual traveller or traveller group for whom availability is requested.

0300 TIF, Traveller information

Details pertaining to a traveller or traveller group (surname, group name, given name, adult, child, etc.).

0310 FTI, Frequent traveller information

Frequent traveller program information pertaining to a specific traveller.

0320 SSR, Special requirement details

Details pertaining to special services or special requests for a specific traveller.

0330 Segment Group 4: RTI-RTC

This segment group provides information concerning the rate codes and categories for which availability is requested.

0340 RTI, Rate details

To specify rate categories, such as, standard, promotional, as criteria for availability selections.

0350 RTC, Rate types

To specify the rate codes related to the previous rate categories.

0360 Segment Group 5: MOV-ADS-CON

This segment group provides information concerning requirements for delivery and chauffeur drive to be considered in the availability request.

0370 MOV, Car delivery instruction

Information pertaining to the delivery of an automobile or chauffeur instructions.

0380 ADS, Address

The address to where the car needs to be delivered.

0390 CON, Contact information

To specify contact information for the delivery of an automobile.

0400 Segment Group 6: ODI-MSD-PDT-SG7

This segment group provides information pertaining to the travel product or services and groups the products by overall journey.

0410 ODI, Origin and destination details

A segment providing the origin and destination of a TT&L journey.

0420 MSD, Message action details

A segment identifying the industry type (i.e. air, car, train, accommodations, etc.).

0430 PDT, Product information

To specify the class of service for which availability is requested.

0440 Segment Group 7: TVL-PDT-RPI-FTI-SSR-CNX-SG8

This segment group provides information pertaining to a travel, tourism and leisure product or service which is related to the preceding journey information.

0450 TVL, Travel product information

Information identifying the product or service (service provider, service location, date of service, service description, etc.).

0460 PDT, Product information

To specify the class of service requested for a particular product or service.

0470 RPI, Quantity and action details

To indicate the number of products or services which needs to be available.

0480 FTI, Frequent traveller information

Frequent traveller program information relating to a specific product or service.

0490 SSR, Special requirement details

Information about special services or special requests relating to the product or service.

0500 CNX, Connection details

Connection information for a specific product or service.

0510 Segment Group 8: TIF-FTI-SSR

This segment group provides information pertaining to an individual traveller or traveller group associated with the preceding product or service information.

0520 TIF, Traveller information

Personal details pertaining to a unique traveller or traveller group.

0530 FTI, Frequent traveller information

Frequent traveller program information relating to the preceding traveller.

0540 SSR, Special requirement details

Details pertaining to special services or special requests for the preceding traveller.

0550 UIT, Interactive message trailer

A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message and the control reference number of the message.


4.2. Data segment index (Alphabetical sequence by tag)

ADS Address
APD Additional transport details
CNX Connection details
CON Contact information
CRI Consumer reference information
CUR Currencies
FTI Frequent traveller information
HDI Hardware device information
ITM Item number
MOV Car delivery instruction
MSD Message action details
NAM Party name
NUN Number of units
ODI Origin and destination details
ORG Originator of request details
PDT Product information
PLI Product location information
PMT Payment information
PRD Product identification
RPI Quantity and action details
RTC Rate types
RTI Rate details
RUL Rule information
SDT Selection details
SSR Special requirement details
TFF Tariff information
TIF Traveller information
TVL Travel product information
UIH Interactive message header
UIT Interactive message trailer

4.3. Message structure


4.3.1. Segment table

├─UIH Interactive message header ×1 (M)
├─MSD Message action details ×1 (C)
├─ORG Originator of request details ×1 (C)
├─PDT Product information ×1 (C)
├─NUN Number of units ×1 (C)
├─RPI Quantity and action details ×1 (C)
├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×1 (C)
├─CRI Consumer reference information ×1 (C)
├─ITM Item number ×1 (C)
├─PLI Product location information ×1 (C)
├─PMT Payment information ×1 (C)
├─SDT Selection details ×1 (C)
├─NAM Party name ×1 (C)
├─RTC Rate types ×1 (C)
├─HDI Hardware device information ×1 (C)
├─TFF Tariff information ×9 (C)
├─SSR Special requirement details ×9 (C)
├─CUR Currencies ×9 (C)
├─RUL Rule information ×99 (C)
├─Segment Group 1 ×99 (C)
├─TVL Travel product information ×1 (M)
├─PRD Product identification ×1 (C)
├─ITM Item number ×1 (C)
├─TFF Tariff information ×1 (C)
├─APD Additional transport details ×1 (C)
└─Segment Group 2 ×1 (C)
──├─NUN Number of units ×1 (M)
──└─CRI Consumer reference information ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 3 ×999 (C)
├─TIF Traveller information ×1 (M)
├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×99 (C)
└─SSR Special requirement details ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 4 ×99 (C)
├─RTI Rate details ×1 (M)
└─RTC Rate types ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 5 ×2 (C)
├─MOV Car delivery instruction ×1 (M)
├─ADS Address ×1 (C)
└─CON Contact information ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 6 ×99 (C)
├─ODI Origin and destination details ×1 (M)
├─MSD Message action details ×1 (C)
├─PDT Product information ×1 (C)
└─Segment Group 7 ×99 (C)
──├─TVL Travel product information ×1 (M)
──├─PDT Product information ×1 (C)
──├─RPI Quantity and action details ×1 (C)
──├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×1 (C)
──├─SSR Special requirement details ×1 (C)
──├─CNX Connection details ×1 (C)
──└─Segment Group 8 ×999 (C)
────├─TIF Traveller information ×1 (M)
────├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×99 (C)
────└─SSR Special requirement details ×9 (C)
└─UIT Interactive message trailer ×1 (M)

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