Sometimes, being frugal isn't the best policy

Rick Kranz is product editor for Automotive News
TROLLHATTAN, Sweden -- Whoever books Saab's charter flights at the automaker's headquarters here apparently thought this was a good way to reduce costs.

The plan was simple: Put Saab's senior management, everyone scheduled to be at the Paris auto show, all on the same plane today along with journalists from Europe and the United States.

When the plan was discovered, and fearing the potential for disaster to the small automaker, several executives were taken off the list and issued plane tickets on a commercial aircraft. It is not known when the plan surfaced and was quickly modified.

Saab Automobile Chairman Victor Muller and Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson remained on the two-hour charter flight. Their time was spent in interviews with journalists.