The Civil Aeronautics Board yesterday ordered Air France and Union de Transport Aeriens (U.T.A.), a French carrier with operations out of the West Coast, to provide the board with detailed schedules of all their flights into and out of the United States.
The board's order is a response to France's refusal to permit Pan American World Airways to discharge passengers from certain flights into Paris, an action the CAB said yesterday violates the French U.S. bilateral air agreement.
Although this type of order generally is a preliminary step to taking - relatiatory action - cutting back the foreign carrier's flights - aviation officials said yesterday they are hopeful that an accommodation with the French can be worked out.
The problem arose when Pan Am last week resumed services to France from San Francisco via London, where passengers bound for Paris were placed on a Boeing 727 from a Boeing 747. After two days, the French notified Pan AM that the passengers would not be allowed off the plane in Paris.
The United States contends that the change of aircraft in London is legal under the French air agreement. At Pan Am's annual meeting here Tuesday, Pan Am Chairman William T. Seawell speculated that the French might be "smarting" by the treatment accorded the Concorde in the United States and chose these flights as a vehicle of confrontation.
Earlier this year, the CAB asked President Carter to limit Japan Air Line's flights into the United States after Japan refused to approve three flights a week proposed by Flying Tiger LInes, Inc., a U.S. all-cargo carrier, between the United States and Singapore with stops in Japan and Hong Kong.
Donald A. Farmer Jr., director of the CAB's Bureau of International Aviation, said yesterday the United States and Japan have reached agreement that will permit Flying Tiger to begin its proposed service next month.