Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1850 times:
Hi all. I hope everyone is doing well. Here is my question: My wife and I are flying to Paris this summer. We are both in college so we have to find the cheapest tickets avaliable. My travel agent has informed me that AOM has the best price for LAX-CDG on the day we need to depart. Has anyone flown on this route, or the airline in general? Is it acceptable, or should I avoid it at all costs. From what i've heard the eastbound leg will be on a dc-10-30 and the return leg will be on an A340-200. All comments will be appreciated. Thanks,
Avion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1673 times:
AOM is a good airline. Nothing special just the average service. The A340 and the DC-10s do not have PTVs. But they serve very good french meals. You should enroll in Qualiflyer after youve flown with AOM. LAX-CDG return generates enough mileage for a free intra europe flight or a domestic flight with AA.
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1023 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1654 times:
**Just a questions***
Is AOM what UTA turned into? We use to fly LAX-PPT on UTA 747 or DC-10-30 and now I notice that AOM also does the LAX-PPT routes. Are these even maybe the same airplanes?
I recall that UTA had single class layout and that it was very smokey, having no seperate smoking section. You might encounter this on AOM as the last Air France flight I took LAX-CDG was very smokey but food was good and comfort was nice as well.
Cricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1651 times:
First woodsboy, yep, UTA is (after several buys) now AOM, too long to explain here. Second, regarding the smoke, all AOM flights are non-smoking since a long time now. Food is surprising good, french touch of service but beware of economic class, have to be very tinny! Avoid a monoclass flight.
As Avion said, take your qualiflyer card and don't forget it!
If your flight is not within the next 2/3 monthes then you'll probably have the chance to fly on the brand new A340-300 AOM ordered...
Have a nice flight.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4690 posts, RR: 45 Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1650 times:
No, I am sorry, AOM is NOT UTA. UTA was merged into Air France in 1992. AOM is a conglomerate of former Air Outre Mer (founded in 1990) and Minerve, a French charter airline, formed after merger in 1992.
Hope this helps!
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Cricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
Tristar, thanks for the add but what was just before Minerve??? UTA!!!
Was always part of the french government CDRD since then. The history, simple made, is UTA, half to AF half to the conglomerate Minerve/Air Outre Mer and Then AOM French Airlines after Minerves dissolution part again to AF. Not so simple said I admit...
DC-10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1610 times:
I'll be honest here...i've never flown them....My parents did, and hated it...the plane was 10 across instead of the 9 abreast the aircraft was designed for....Now as for aircraft go...you're leaving out of lax...I've not seen an AOM DC-10 here in ages...All i see is the A340 im assuming it will be 8 abreast....Before you buy a ticket....Call STA Travel or Council travel...they specialize in student travel and get you on really nice airlines..I've used them several times..I think the cut off age is 26
AF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1036 posts, RR: 36 Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
I am very upset to see that you are making such a HUGE mistake. AOM is not UTA !!!!!!!!
My whole family used to work for UTA in Papeete. UTA was bought up by Air France and merged into one single airline in 1992, namely compagnie nationale Air France. If you want to know something else too, it is actually UTA who bought Air France for 1FFR ! Yes and to prove it you just need to look at the SIREE number of Air France it is UTA's. I can get very upset with UTA as I grew up with the airline and I have wlways been fond of them. I work with ex-UTA cabin crews and pilots and one of my best friend is an ex-UTA chief purser. AOM was as Tristar500 said formed by the merger of Air Outre Mer and Minerve. Minerve was a private charter company and so was Air Outre Mer.
I want you to read again and prove to me that any part of AOM is UTA apart for the DC-10's that were bought by AOM from AF or the cabin crew who went to work for AOM after the buy-up by AF.
I have all the information and if you want my mother can contact a very good friend of hers, Michel Boutbien, UTA's number 2 now consultant to the Aga-Khan.
You must stand corrected as UTA is not AOM !!!!!!!!
AF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1036 posts, RR: 36 Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
I flew AOM on the LAX-ORY on one of their DC-10's.
My experience was not the best. If you can avoid the DC-10 do so. They are extremely cramped as they are on a charter configuration of 3-4-3 ! 10 abreast when they should be 9. The food is very nice, service is not legendary, and confort is inexsistent. I also had friends who "experienced" AOM recently and they wer not impressed as the cabin attendant told her that the back galley wasn't a snack area and that she had to go and seat down ! My sister found a bug in her salad. When she told the cabin attendant he found it very funny and told her not to eat it. No excuse, no change of salad !
Yet, she told me that the A340 is much more confortable and enjoyable.