April 27. After more than two months, conflict continues to rage on in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country. Russian companies across various sectors have subsequently faced widespread sanctions due to the country’s military aggression. Aeroflot, its flag carrier, has now been barred from SkyTeam as a result.
In a short statement released on its website, the SkyTeam group confirmed yesterday that it had temporarily suspended Aeroflot’s alliance membership. It is worth noting that the alliance appears to have come to this decision on a mutual basis, having agreed on the temporary suspension with the Russian flag carrier.
Of course, this is far from the only sanction that Aeroflot has faced since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago. Indeed, as Simple Flying reported earlier this month, the US Department of Commerce has also prohibited the airline from maintaining its Boeing aircraft.
The story of Aeroflot’s relationship with the SkyTeam alliance dates back just over 16 years. The airline made history when it joined the group on April 14th, 2006, as it was the first carrier from the former Soviet Union to do so. Skyteam was just under six years old at the time, having come into existence in July 2000.
The airline’s presence greatly increased the alliance’s connectivity. Indeed, Air Transport World reported at the time that SkyTeam carriers would be operating a total of nearly 15,000 flights a day to 728 destinations in 149 countries. Aeroflot and Skyteam had signed an initial memorandum of understanding back in May 2004.
Source: Simple Flying