The Suitors At Sabena's Gate

In late May, a grim man strode into the Brussels offices of Sabena, Belgium's national airline. He had come to talk with Pierre Godfroid, chairman of the money-losing carrier. It wasn't long before employees figured out that the mystery man was the industry's most ruthless cost-cutter, Robert L. Crandall, chairman of American Airlines Inc. parent AMR Corp.

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