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Airlines

Name: AOM FRENCH AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: MNR
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: PARIS
Country: FRANCE
Employees 2536
Web: aom.com
Email: aom@aom.com
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

FOUNDED IN 1992. BASED AT ORLY AIRPORT. OWNED BY CONSORTIUM
DE REALISATION (CDR) SUBSIDIARY OF CREDIT LYONNAIS (BANK). CREATED BY THE MERGER OF AIR OUTRE MER & MINERVE IN 1992.

DECEMBER 1995: 1 DC-10-30, LEASED TO (NCI).

BIDS BY AIR LIBERTE (LBE) FOR A TAKEOVER STYMIED BY CHAIRMAN MARC ROCHET.

JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +$5.4M (1ST EVER PROFIT!).

MARCH /96: CURRENTLY OPERATES 7 DOMESTIC ROUTES TO SOUTHERN FRANCE & LONG HAUL TO 11 POINTS IN AUSTRALIA, PERU, CUBA, LOS ANGELES, THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN & OTHER FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES. 3 NEW ROUTES FROM ORLY TO TOULON, PERPIGNON & PAU. COMPETES WITH (ANT) ON ORLY NICE ROUTE.

IN 1995 MADE ITS 1ST PROFITS SINCE MERGER OF AOM & MINERVE. CARRIED 2.4M PASSENGERS (PAX) IN 1995, EXPECTS 3M IN 1996.

2 MD-80's TO 10 AIRCRAFT ALREADY IN SERVICE. 14 DC-10-30 FOR LONG HAUL. 2 DC-10-30's (CF6-50C2) (46872 & 47849).

JULY 1996: 1ST 6 MONTHS = -100M F.

AUGUST 1996: MARC ROCHET RESIGNS TO JOIN TAT (TTR) AS CHAIRMAN.

SEPTEMBER 1996: IN ANSWER TO UNION CONCERNS, ALEXANDRE
COUVALAIRE SAID HE WOULD SELL 33% OF EURALAIR (ERA) WHO OWNS 10% AIR LIBERTE (LBE). IT IS NOT A MERGER WITH (LBE), BUT A "COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT."

LOSS MAKING ROUTES TO LIMA AND QUITO CANCELLED. LOST 15% IN
DOMESTIC MARKET IN SWITCHING FROM ORLY WEST TO ORLY SOUTH.

NOVEMBER 1996: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO AERONAVALI, ITALY FOR
4 DC-10-30'S (& OPTION FOR 3 MORE). HAS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR "D"
CHECKS FOR (TNS) MD-87 & (LBT) MD-83.

APRIL 1997: FRENCH TOUR OPERATOR NOUVELLES FRONTIAIRES OFFERS TO BUY AOM (MNR). JACQUES MAILLOT, CHAIRMAN, OPPOSES AIR FRANCE (AFA)'S ATTEMPTS TO TAKE OVER.

1,020 EMPLOYEES.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (49628) (GUI) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1997: 1,836 EMPLOYEES.

CODE SHARE WITH SWISSAIR (SWS).

SELECTS CANADIAN MARCONI TO SUPPLY CMA-900 (GPS)-BASED FLIGHT
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR 11 MD-83'S.

DECEMBER 1997: MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1778-49936), (GEH) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 1998: CODE SHARE WITH SABENA (SAB), BRUSSELS TO TOULON, NICE
AND MARSEILLE. TO COLLABORATE ON SERVICE TO FRENCH TERRITORIES
IN THE CARIBBEAN & PACIFIC.

3 737-53C'S, EX-EURALAIR (ERA) FROM AIR FRANCE (AFA). PAINTS DC-10-30 (F-GNDC) WITH "WORLD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION."

MARCH 1998: CODE SHARE WITH (TAP) PORTUGAL. PART OF "QUALIFLYER" GROUP ALLIANCE WITH SWISSAIR (SWS), (TAP) AIR PORTUGAL, SABENA (SAB)
AND AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).

1,020 EMPLOYEES.

APRIL 1998: SELECTS CANADIAN MARCONI CMA-900 (GPS)-BASED (FMS)
FOR 13 DC-10'S.

AUGUST 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$2.8M (-$25M): 3.3M PAX.

PARENT HOLDING COMPANY (CDR) PLANS TO SELL ITS 99.5% STAKE IN AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR) BY THE END OF 1998.

NOW EMPLOYS 2,400, & OPERATES 24 AIRPLANES ON SERVICE DOMESTICALLY FROM PARIS ORLY TO NICE MARSEILLES, PERPIGNAN, & TOULON, + LONG HAUL SERVICES TO CARIBBEAN, AUSTRALIA & FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES.

SEPTEMBER 1998: 2 ORDERS (2/99) A340-200'S (038; 041), EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA), AIRBUS (AIFS) LEASED. DC-10-30 (213-47849) PAINTED IN SPECIAL WORLD WILDLIFE FUND CHILDREN'S ART SALUTE TO SOME OF ENDANGERED SPECIES OF THE WORLD.

FEBRUARY 1999: MD-83 (49628) TO AIR LIBERTE (ALB), CRANE LEASED.

SWISSAIR (CSR) TAKES 49% STAKE IN AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR).

1998 = 3.5M PASSENGERS (PAX).

2 A340-200'S (038, 041), EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA), AIRBUS LEASED. INITIAL OPERATIONS DOMESTICALLY TO NICE & MARSEILLES + SHORT TRANSATLANTIC
ROUTES TO FRENCH CARIBBEAN & CAYENNE (FRENCH GUYANA) FOR CREW TRAINING PURPOSES. IN 4/99, WILL SWITCH TO LONGEST ROUTES, PARIS (ORLY) TO COLOMBO, SYDNEY, & NOUMEA, REPLACING DC-10-30'S.

MARCH 1999: (FAA) FOREIGN REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATION FOR 737, MD-80, DC-8, DC-10 MAINTENANCE & OVERHAUL.

APRIL 1999: 1,020 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.aom.com).

JUNE 1999: A300B4-203 (158, EI-TLL), TRANSAER LEASED.

AUGUST 1999: EUROPEAN COMMISION (EC) OK'S SAIRGROUP (SWS) ACQUIRING 49% AOM (MNR) FOR $70M, WHICH IT IS BUYING JOINTLY WITH FRENCH FINANCE GROUP MARINE WENDEL.

AOM (MNR) HAS 27 AIRPLANES AND 2,400 EMPLOYEES.

OCTOBER 1999: AOM INDUSTRIES: CONTACT: FRANCOIS ALBRECHT, DIRECTOR MARKETING (albrecht_f@aom-i.com): HAS HANGARS FOR 2 WIDE BODIES, & 4 NARROW BODIES AIRPLANES: 737'S, DC-10'S, MD-80'S, DC-8'S; "A" - "D" MAINTENANCE CHECKS, INCLUDING AVIONICS UPGRADES, INTERIORS, & STRIP/PAINT.

DECEMBER 1999: 1 OF 2 DC-10-30 (46890, /73) LEASED TO CUBANA (CUB).

JANUARY 2000: ACCDT: DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (46872) CRASHED AND DESTROYED AT GUATEMALA CITY.

FEBRUARY 2000: BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) IS TO SELL AIR LIBERTE
(ALB) TO AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR) FOR #UKL50M.

1999 = 3.5M PAX (+.5%).

2 ORDERS A340-313X (367; 374), FLIGHTLEASED (SWS).

APRIL 2000: 2,500 EMPLOYEES. (aom@aom.com).

MAY 2000: SAIRGROUP (SWS) PARTNER, TAITBOUT ANTIBES ACQUIRES
BRITISH AIRWAY (BAB)'S 86% STAKE IN AIR LIBERTE (ALB) FOR $63.2M. TAITBOUT ANTIBES, A DUTCH FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IS A JOINT VENTURE OF 2 FRENCH FINANCIAL GROUPS: MARINE WENDEL AND GROUPE ALPHA. SAIRGROUP ALREADY CONTROLS AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR) AND AIR LITTORAL.

(MNR) CHAIRMAN, ALEXANDRE COUVALAIRE IS EXPECTED TO BECOME THE
CHAIRMAN OF (ALB), REPLACING MARC ROCHET. NEW GROUP OF THESE 3 AIRLINES WILL FORM 2ND LARGEST IN FRANCE. MERGED AIRLINES HAVE 6,740 EMPLOYEES.

JULY 2000: PAUL REUTLINGER, CEO, EX-CEO SABENA (SAB).

HUBS AT PARIS ORLY AND NICE.

AUGUST 2000: EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) OK'S ACQUISITION OF PARTICIPATIONS AERONAUTIQUES, PARENT OF AIR LIBERTE (ALB) & TAT (TTR).

(http://www.flyaol.com).

1999 = +$21.6M (+$16M).

1 A340-211 (14, OO-SCW), SABENA (SAB) WET-LEASED.

OCTOBER 2000: PARIS ORLY - GENEVA FOR SWISSAIR (SWS) USING AIR LIBERTE (ALB) F 100'S.

3 737-53C'S (24825; 24826; 24827), RETURNED TO FLIGHTLEASE (SWS), LEASED TO LOT POLISH (LOT).

DECEMBER 2000: PARIS (ORLY) - LOS ANGELES (LAX) - NOUMEA (A340-300).

2 A340-313'S (CFM56-5C4) (367; 374), FLIGHTLEASED (FLL), EX-SABENA (SAB).

JANUARY 2001: 5 ORDERS (3/01) A319'S, EX-LUFTHANSA (DLH).

FEBRUARY 2001: OWNER, SAIRGROUP (SWS) NOW DECIDES TO MERGE AOM (MNR) ONLY WITH AIR LIBERTE (ALB). AIR LIBERTE AND AIR LITTORAL WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE SEPARATELY FOCUSIING ON REGIONAL ROUTES.

CANCELS 5 ORDERS A319'S TO REPLACE THE DC-10'S & F28'S.

PAUL REUTLINGER, CEO, RESIGNS BECAUSE HE COULD NOT BACK THE NEW SWISSAIR (SWS) STRATEGY. REPLACED BY MARC ROCHET, CEO (ALSO OF (ALB). STATES (MNR) AND (ALB) MAY NOT SURVIVE, HAVING LOST -$350M IN 2000 AND SUBSIDIARIES ARE LOSING $42K/HOUR. LOSSES ON LONG-HAUL ROUTES TO FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES LA REUNION AND NEW CALEDONIA WERE ENORMOUS.

PARIS (ORLY) TO GENEVA.

APRIL 2001: AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR), AIR LIBERTE (ALB), & AIR LITTORAL, TOGETHER 2000 = -$344M.

3,536 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 2001: PLANS TO LAY OFF -1,300 TO KEEP FLYING.

AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR) AND AIR LIBERTE (ALB) GO ON STRIKE TO PROTEST LAYOFFS.

JUNE 2001: LONDON CONSULTING COMPANY AITI OFFERS $430M FOR AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR)/AIR LIBERTE (ALB).

(MNR)/(ALB) FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY.

EASYJET (EZY) MAKES BID FOR SOME OF THE ASSETS. AERIS (AEY) SHOWS INTEREST IN ACQUIRING THE CHARTER ACTIVITIES (25%) OF (ALB)/(MNR).

JULY 2001: 3 MD-83'S (49617; 49618; 49855) WITHDRAWN FROM USE.

AUGUST 2001: AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR)/AIR LIBERTE (ALB (RESCUE PLANS BY JEAN-CHARLES COLBERT UNDER PROJECT HOLCO, APPROVED BY FRENCH BANKRUPTCY COURT. COLBERT FORMER HEAD OF AIR FRANCE (AFA) PILOT UNION AND CURRENT A340 CAPTAIN, WILL BECOME CHAIRMAN. FRANCOIS BACHELET, FORMER CEO AIR FRANCE (AFA) CARGO, BECOMES CEO. UNDER HOLCO PLAN, -1,800 JOBS WILL BE CUT, EMPLOYEES WILL OWN 34%, PILOTS WILL TAKE 10% PAY CUT IN RETURN FOR SHARES OF STOCK.

WILL REDUCE AIRPLANE FLEET SIZE TO 28 AIRPLANES.

(MNR)/(ALB) WILL NO LONGER FLY TO MARSEILLE, NIMES AND BORDEAUX BUT WILL INSTEAD FOCUS ON FIAGI, PERPIGNAN, TOULOUSE, TOULON, AND
NICE. WILL CEASE FLYING TO CAYENNE AND REDUCE FREQUENCIES TO
POINTE-A-PITRE AND FORT-DE-FRANCE IN THE FRENCH WEST INDIES.

SEPTEMBER 2001: AOM FRENCH AIRLINES (MNR) MERGER WITH AIR LIBERTE (ALB) BECOMES A NEW ENTITY NAMED "AIR LIB" (ALB).

DECEMBER 2001: 2 A340-211'S (038; 043) RETURNED TO AIRBUS (AIFS).

MARCH 2002: NOW FULLY MERGED UNDER AIR LIB (ALB) - SEE (ALB)
FOR ALL FURTHER DATA.

Fleet:
(definitions)

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MNR

July 2002:

0 737-53C (1894-24825; 2041-24826; 2243-24827), EX-(AFA), (ERA) LSD,
RTND (FLL), LST (LOT) 10/00).

00 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1778-49936) (49628 TO (ALB) 2/99); (49617; 49618; 49855; WFU 7/01). 10 TO (ALB).

00 DC-10-30, MAINT BY AERONAVALI, ITALY, 321 PAX, (213-47849 IN WORLD WILDLIFE FUND COLORS) (46872 TO (LYO) 1/00, 12 TO (ALB). 46872 PARTED OUT AT ROSWELL 11/04.

0 A300B4-203 (158, EI-TLL), (TSD) LSD 6/99, RTND.

0 ORDERS A319, EX-(DLH), CANCELED 5 ORDERS.

0 A340-211 (038, 41), EX-(AFA), (AIFS) LSD, RTND 12/01.

1 A340-211, (SAB) WET-LSD 8/00 (14, OO-SCW).

2 A340-313X (CFM56-5C4) (367, F-GTUA; 374, F-GTUB), (FLL) LSD 12/00, EX-(SAB).

Management:
(definitions)

JEAN-CHARLES CORBET, CHAIRMAN 8/01.

FRANCOIS BACHELET, CEO, EX-(AFA) (8/01).

ALEXANDRE COUVALAIRE, CHAIRMAN (OWNS ERA), DIRECTOR GENERAL, RESIGNED 5/01.

MARC ROCHET, CEO (2/01) (ALSO OF (ALB), RESIGNED 5/01.

PAUL REUTLINGER, CEO, EX-(SAB) (7/00), RESIGNS 1/01.

JEAN DELANCE, EXECUTIVE VP TECHNICS.

PIERRE GOURGUES, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

PASCAL MEYNARD, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (ORYTDIW).

MICHAL ENAUD, ASSISTANT TO TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

RAYMOND WALTER, FLEET MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR.

EMMANUEL PRIOUZEAU, MANAGER ENGINEERING (ORYYBIW).


(AOM) INDUSTRIES PERSONNEL:

FRANCOIS LEPINOY, CHAIRMAN & CEO.

JEAN-MARC LENZ, DIRECTOR PRODUCTION.

HERVE LEROY, MANAGER ENGINEERING.

JEAN FLEURY, PRODUCTION MANAGER.

 
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