Heavy Weather At American
Robert L. Crandall, chief executive of AMR Corp., was stunned when pilots at American Airlines Inc. rejected a tentative contract on Jan. 8 by an overwhelming vote. A gloomy and frustrated Crandall was still fuming days later, insiders say. "He's just in his enraged state," says one. Crandall and President Donald J. Carty quickly sent a dire message to the pilots in a letter dated Jan. 10 that said: "For the first time in many years, we fear for the future of our company."
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