Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Posted (4 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3020 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!
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2914 times:
Quoting Breiz (Reply 1): This may provide you with some answers in English.
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?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23184 posts, RR: 23 Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2906 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.