Aeroflot’s A330-243 (Photo: Alex Beltyukov – RuSpotters Team, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons)
Sabre, one of the world’s leading airline booking companies, has terminated its distribution agreement with Russia’s Aeroflot. The announcement was officially made on Thursday, March 3. This decision prevents the Russian national carrier from being accessible on the reservation terminals of travel agencies. But also online websites. The decision will therefore further restrict Russian air transport, whose aircraft are already banned from the airspace of many Western countries
“Sabre has been following the developments in Ukraine with growing concern. We take a stand against this military conflict. We are, and will continue to be, in compliance with the sanctions imposed on Russia. In addition, we announced that Sabre has terminated its distribution agreement with Aeroflot. We are removing its content from our GDS,” said Sean Menke, Sabre’s CEO, in a statement.
Cut off from Sabre’s reservation software, Aeroflot will also find it much more difficult to operate its domestic flights. For their part, Airbus and Boeing have announced the suspension of the supply of parts and services to Russian aircraft. This effectively blocks airline maintenance services in Russia.
Amadeus joins Sabre
Amadeus IT Group, which provides ticket reservation software to Russian airlines S7 and Ural Airlines, has followed Sabre’s lead. It has issued an official statement. In it, the European company explains that it is ending its associations with Russian airlines.
“We will not sign any new contracts in Russia and continue to evaluate our existing portfolio in Russia in parallel,” Amadeus said in a statement. The distribution of Aeroflot fares to Amadeus-connected systems is also being suspended.
Note that the Skyteam alliance has blocked all information on Aeroflot flights since Friday March 4.
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