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Russian airline company S7 has been suspended from the Oneworld frequent flyer alliance due to the Western sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
The suspension is effective from 19 April and will continue until further notice.
S7 stated on its website: “S7 Airlines and Oneworld have agreed to a suspension of S7 Airlines’ membership in the alliance effective 19 April 2022, until further notice.”
The airline company joined the Oneworld alliance in November 2010.
Oneworld alliance features leading airlines from around the world as well as approximately 30 affiliated carriers. These airlines operate more than 14,000 flights every day to around 1,000 destinations.
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S7 operates a fleet of A320, A319, A321, A321neo, A320neo, 737-800, 737-800BCF (freighter), 737 MAX 8 and Embraer 170 aircraft, reported Aviacionline.
The suspension is seen as another move to isolate Russia from the global aviation sector following its military invasion of Ukraine.
However, Serbia is among the few European nations that have not imposed any sanctions on Russia. Its flag carrier, Air Serbia, announced last week that it would continue its operations to Russia.
Earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) updated its EU Air Safety List.
It added 21 Russia-certified airlines that do not meet international safety standards. According to the EC, Russia’s re-registration of foreign-owned aircraft created safety concerns, as they are operating without valid certificates of airworthiness.