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AOM French Airlines
French Lines
Founded 1988
Hubs Orly Airport
Frequent flyer program Qualiflyer
Fleet size 34
Destinations 24
Headquarters Orly Airport
Key people Marc Rochet

AOM French Airlines (previously Air Outre-Mer) was the second largest airline in France from 1990 until 2003.



Air Outre Mer (AOM) was founded in 1988 in the French overseas departement of the island of Réunion and began scheduled passenger service in 1990 with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 and a Dornier Do 228. In October 1991, Air Outre Mer merged with Air Minerve, a French airline which was based at Orly and had operated since 1975. The two companies began operating under the name AOM French Airlines although the administrative name was "AOM-Minerve S.A.". Air Minerve was the first airline to compete directly with Air Inter on the French domestic airline market by opening a Paris (Orly) - Nice route in may of 1990. In February 1999, Swissair acquired a 49% stake in the airline as a part of its "hunter strategy". For most of the decade, the airline fiercely competed with Air France on both the French domestic market and on the air routes to the French overseas territories. Due to inappropriate fleet management and overcapacity, the airline quickly accumulated huge debts and consequently ceased operations in 2001 (possibly as a result of the bursting of the dot-com bubble and the early 2000s recession which followed)[citation needed]. The airline's final bankruptcy was approved after several months of strikes and AOM's disappearance was followed by several other French airlines such as Aeris, Air Littoral, Air Liberte and Euralair in the next several years, leaving Air France, Corsair (now Corsairfly) and Star Airlines (now XL Airways) as the only three largest remaining airlines in France, as of today. Recently, a viral video was discovered involving a stewardess fondling her breasts in front of the pilots, mid flight. It was released after the bankruptcy of the company.




French overseas departments and territories

International routes


The AOM French Airlines fleet included the following equipment:

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