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Russia’s Aeroflot Data Is Under US Control


Russia’s Aeroflot Data Is Under US Control

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Regis Duvignau / Reuters

Aeroflot, the flag carrier and largest airline of Russia, has said that it’s ready to use a reservation and sales system with servers inside Russia from 2022, Interfax says.

According to the report, Aeroflot will use a Russian company, which will be created by the American travel technology company Sabre Corporation. Currently, Sabre Corporation keeps Aeroflot booking data on servers in the US.

Under the Russian law, Aeroflot is obliged to store its data in Russia. So, the state-run company has started actions to comply with these demands.

Kirill Bogdanov, Deputy CEO for IT at Aeroflot stated that the aforementioned Russian company will be created in 2019. The data centers will be created in 2019-2020. In 2021, Aeroflot will start moving its data from servers in the US to Russia. In 2022, it will get a digital platform, which will reportedly be ready by January 1, 2018. The controlling stake of this platform will be in the hands of the Russian side.

However, till then, personal data and some flights info of Aeroflot will remain on the servers in the US. Thus, in some cases US special services can get access to this data via various mechanisms. It’s possible that this is one of the factors that could help to explain how data about movement of Russian citizens through Russia appear in variuos “open source” reports online.

This situation is one of the examples confirming that the US keeps a full digital dominance, including technical intelligence, over its geopolitical opponent.

It should be noted that Pobeda Airlines LLC, a low-cost airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, also uses the US company to store booking data – Navitair. S7 and Ural Airlines cooperate with the Spanish company, Amadeus.

A counter-example is Chinese airline compaines. like Air China, use the Chinese state-owned enterprise TravelSky to store and proceed their data.



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  • seawolf

    I mean how is this possible in Putin’s Russia?


      It is normal for it to happen in a globalized world and that was what computer technology had brought us to, but as you can see, the US is carrying out their Jihad against Russia and the world is back 50 years behind.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    wtf? should be under russian control!!

  • John Whitehot

    “thus, in some cases US special services can get access to this data via various mechanisms”

    tell us, who’s the genius thinking that since this is a known fact, the US special services will be fed anything more than disinformation?

    Or were someone suggesting that the Russians move sensitive people or material knowingly under the nose of US intel services?

    “This situation is one of the examples confirming that the US keeps a full digital dominance, including technical intelligence, over its geopolitical opponent.”

    Yes SF, we understand what you mean. You gotta understand though, that it’s the US that’s stupid, not the other ones, and if they can access thousands of flight booking information, that means it’s not that sensible information.

  • Nassim7

    They could have done this decades ago. Sabre is not the only option.

    • Bill Rood

      Except that Gorbachev and Yeltsin were US slaves during the late ’80s and ’90s when this system was likely established.