On the Comeback Trail

The recovery pumps life into sagging companies

Braniff Flight 200 from Dallas/Fort Worth to New Orleans last Thursday morning was by far the most important in the airline's turbulent history. After being grounded in bankruptcy for almost two years, Braniff was back in business. It took off with freshly painted red-white-and-blue jets, a new major stockholder in the Hyatt Corp., competitive fares, fewer employees and a slimmed-down route system serving 19 cities, vs. 49 before. Said William Slattery, 41, the former TWA executive who heads Braniff: "We are looking to direct ourselves in ways that are so basic that they can't be...

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