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UAT Aeromaritime (1949-63, France)?  
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

Officially known as Union Aéromaritime de Transport, French independent airline UAT was a small airline established in 1949 who had extensive service from Paris to Africa... they were also among the first airlines in the world to offer pure jet service (in 1953-54) with the ill-fated DH Comet 1...

Given the status of Air France as the nation's flag carrier, why was UAT given international route authority to serve important points in the former French colonies of west and central Africa?

What part did UAT have in the establishment and development of Air Afrique?

Why was UAT more or less compelled to merge with TAI in 1963 to form UTA?

Thank you for any information that can be offered concerning the above questions!

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User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3584 times:

This may provide you with some answers in English.
I'm too far from home to draw from my own files.
http://books.google.com/books?id=AdM...omaritime%20de%20Transport&f=false


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26029 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3570 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
Why was UAT more or less compelled to merge with TAI in 1963 to form UTA?

I thought the merger was a commercial decision between the two airlines. Where did you see that the government was involved?


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3544 times:



Quoting Breiz (Reply 1):
This may provide you with some answers in English.

Thank you!

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
I thought the merger was a commercial decision between the two airlines. Where did you see that the government was involved?

"Compelled" was probably a poor choice of words on my part in seeking to better know the reason(s) behind the merger. In any event, UAT and TAI had in many respects coordinated their operations before the merger, to an extent that made 'the two becoming one' as UTA seem almost a question of when rather than if.

Speaking of mergers of French airlines, what circumstances led to the later merger of UTA into Air France?


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26029 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3536 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 3):
Speaking of mergers of French airlines, what circumstances led to the later merger of UTA into Air France?

In the 1980s both AF and UTA were fighting each other for control of Air Inter, the dominant domestic carrier in France. The fight wound up with each carrier owning 35% of Air Inter. With deregulation in Europe and on domestic routes in France, I think the main reason for AF's takeover of UTA was to get their shareholding in Air Inter, in order to eliminate their major domestic competitor. And by taking over UTA's longhaul routes, mostly to former French territories (Tahiti, New Caledonia etc.) it made AF's network stronger against their other major European competitors.


User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2089 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

That and UTA launched DC-10 flights from French regional centers to JFK- a move that REALLY ticked off AF.

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

I still miss UTA and AOM. Just having Air France makes France boring nowadays. same goes for AC and Canada, where Canadian is gone


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User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 747 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

Flew UTA in 1983?. CDG-JNB via BZV as I recall. Good service and excellent food. DC-10 from memory.


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