ben88
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AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 5:45 am

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,
Ben
 
avion
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 6:04 am

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.

Thanks

Avion
 
woodsboy
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 9:51 am

**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
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 6:10 pm

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.
Regards.
 
TriStar500
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 6:13 pm

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!
 
ben88
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 6:25 pm

What is this qualifyer card of which you speak? I will be purchasing my ticket through my travel agent because she can get me a really good price. Anyhow, thanks for the replies,
Ben
 
First Class
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 6:41 pm

Qualiflyer is the frequent flyer program of Swissair, Sabena, AOM, TAP, LOT etc.
Call Swissair at Los Angeles (1-800-221-4750) and they will send you an application form.
 
avion
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 9:01 pm

Or go this address to sign-up:

http://www.swissair.com/QFEnrollStartQ.nav

Thanks

Avion

 
cricri
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Thu Mar 23, 2000 11:21 pm

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...
Cheers.
 
TriStar500
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Fri Mar 24, 2000 4:26 am

Cricri,
Thanks for the additional info! Didn't hear about that before.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
 
Guest

RE: Read This

Fri Mar 24, 2000 3:37 pm

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

Hope this helps
Rob
 
AF Cabin Crew
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UTA Is NOT Aom!

Fri Mar 24, 2000 8:09 pm

Cricri  


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 !!!!!!!!

Happy Flyings,

AF Cabin Crew
Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
 
AF Cabin Crew
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I Flew With Them.

Fri Mar 24, 2000 8:18 pm

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.

Enjoy,

AF Cabin Crew
Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
 
johnboy
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RE: AOM-french Airlines

Fri Mar 24, 2000 9:36 pm

What about Corsair? I believe they still have flights from LAX-ORY? They do from OAK.....