Aeroflot pulled travel reservation systems to support Ukraine
Saber Corporation – which provides flight booking software to various global platforms – removed all Aeroflot flights from its systems after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The travel technology company said it had terminated its distribution agreement with the Russian national carrier and removed all fares from its global distribution systems (GDS), meaning travel agencies, booking sites and companies that use it around the world will no longer be able to book. seats with the airline.
“Saber has been following developments in Ukraine with growing concern,” CEO Sean Menke said.
“We are taking a stand against this military conflict. We respect and will continue to respect the sanctions imposed on Russia.
“In addition, we announced today that Saber has terminated its distribution agreement with Aeroflot, removing its content from our GDS.”
The company, which has about 1,500 employees in Poland, donated $1 million to the Polish Red Cross to support local efforts to help Ukrainian refugees.
Spanish IT group Amadeus also said it was starting to remove the Russian airline’s fares from its distribution systems, as well as stopping new business projects in Russia.
This follows aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing withdrawing support for Russia’s aviation industry after the country invaded Ukraine.
Boeing confirmed on Tuesday that it was suspending all aircraft parts, maintenance and technical support in Russia, while Airbus followed suit on Wednesday.
Hundreds of aircraft leases were also terminated after AerCap Holdings, the world’s largest aircraft leasing company, announced it would stop doing business with Russia.