Russian airline removed from global reservation system, blow to travel in country

(CNN) — The reservation system that is the backbone of airlines around the world has ended its deal with Russian state carrier Aeroflot, crippling its ability to sell seats.

Tech company Saber says Aeroflot has been removed from its global distribution system, meaning Russia’s largest airline will not be represented in its “marketplace used by travel agencies, travel websites and businesses around the world to buy, book and make flight reservations”.

“Saber has been following developments in Ukraine with growing concern,” Saber CEO Sean Menke said in a statement. “We are taking a stand against this military conflict.”

Earlier this week, Boeing and Airbus said they would no longer do business with Russian customers.

Boeing suspended major operations in Moscow and temporarily closed its office in Kyiv and suspended “parts, maintenance and technical support services for Russian airlines,” the company said in a statement.

“Airbus has suspended support services to Russian airlines, as well as the supply of spare parts to the country,” Airbus said in a statement.

Last week, Delta Air Lines terminated its codeshare booking agreement with Aeroflot

The travel sector is among many industries suspending relations with Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. In addition to aviation impacts, tour operators and cruise lines have halted and redirected operations involving Russia.

Top image: The logo of Russian airline Aeroflot is pictured on its ticket office in central Moscow on April 12, 2021. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images)

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