Russian carrier S7 Airlines has been suspended from the Oneworld alliance with immediate effect.
The suspension is said to be by mutual agreement between the airline and Oneworld. It applies from today, Tuesday 19 April 2022, until further notice.
Given current events and the wide ranging sanctions imposed against Russian aviation, it is hard to envisage S7 Airlines – if it survives in its current form – rejoining the alliance in the medium term. Indeed, the only surprise here is that it took so long for its membership to be suspended.
British Airways had already terminated its frequent flyer partnership with S7 Airlines more than a month ago. This was no doubt in part to avoid any risk of it breaching sanctions against Russia.
S7 Airlines joined the Oneworld alliance in November 2010. Before recent events, it operated domestic flights within Russia and to Europe and Asia, principally from its hubs at Moscow Domodedovo and Novosibirsk International Airport, Tolmachevo. The airline carried around 16 million passengers a year to 148 destinations to 34 territories with a fleet of around 100 aircraft.