Delta Air Lines announced on Friday it suspended the carrier’s codeshare agreement with Aeroflot, a SkyTeam alliance airline 51% owned by the Russian Federation.
Delta said in a terse message:
Delta has withdrawn our codeshare services operated in conjunction with Russian national airline, Aeroflot, effective immediately.
We have removed our code from Aeroflot-operated services beyond Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and removed Aeroflot’s code from Delta-operated services from Los Angeles and New York-JFK. Accommodations will be made for customers affected by these changes.
Delta does not operate services to Ukraine or Russia.
This obviously doesn’t prevent Aeroflot from operating flights to/from the United States. That’s up to the US government.
Interesting fact: Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife was an Aeroflot flight attendant.
I’m curious how many people will be affected by this move. I’m sure some people booked Delta-marketed flights operated by Aeroflot and vice-versa. And it’ll be interesting to see what kind of financial impact this has on either airline.
Let’s hope this mess is over soon.
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