Due to Western sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Russian airline S7 has been suspended from the Oneworld frequent flyer alliance.
The ban is in force as of April 19 and will last until further notice.
"S7 Airlines and Oneworld have agreed to a suspension of S7 Airlines’ membership in the alliance effective 19 April 2022, until further notice,” S7 wrote on its website.
In November 2010, the airline joined the Oneworld alliance.
Leading airlines from throughout the world, as well as over 30 allied carriers, make up the Oneworld alliance. Every day, these airlines fly over 14,000 passengers to over 1,000 locations.
According to Aviacionline, S7 has a fleet of A320, A319, A321, A321neo, A320neo, 737-800, 737-800BCF (freighter), 737 MAX 8, and Embraer 170 aircraft.
Following Russia's armed invasion of Ukraine, the suspension is regarded as just another measure to isolate Russia from the global aviation sector.
Many nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and a number of European countries, have already barred Russian airlines from flying in their airspace.
Serbia, on the other hand, is one of the few European countries that has not placed any sanctions on Russia. Air Serbia, the country's flag airline, stated last week that it will continue to fly to Russia.
The European Commission (EC) amended its EU Air Safety List earlier this month.
It included 21 Russia-certified airlines that do not fulfil international safety requirements. According to the European Commission, Russia's re-registration of foreign-owned aircraft has raised safety concerns because they are flying without proper airworthiness certifications.