Spitfire - you and Airbuspilot really ought to start looking at things logically rather than blindly believing the crap put out by BeCA. SN was losing US$1m per day when it was operating - and every time BeCA struck those losses doubled or even tripled thanks to the loss of passenger revenue and the cost of chartering in aircraft.
BeCA claims that the strikes were not aimed at passengers in any way. Strange that, as not operating the flights inconveniences passengers terribly and makes them no longer interested in flying SN! BeCA's members seem to have completely forgotten who it is that ultimately keeps the company in businesss and by extension, pays their salaries: the passengers and cargo shippers. Upset them, and you have no business.
Don't forget as well that in the whole of SN's 80 odd year history it made a profit just once - and that was under SR management.
Had Muller's survival plan been accepted, I have no doubts that SR would have honoured its obligations to SN. Indeed, it was accepted by everyone except BeCA - who as you are well aware are not even a recognised union at SN!
SR management therefore clearly saw that their investment of a further €200m would be completely wasted, and would achieve no benefit to them or to SN except prolonging SN's death pains.
Yes, SR's management messed up - they should have learnt from British Caledonian, British Airways, Air France, SAS and KLM that Sabena is - and always has been - the most corrupt and inefficient airline in Europe and is a dog that should have long ago been put down. Hopefully, this will now be the end of it and the old saying about Sabena: Such A Bad Experience, Never Again will apply for the last time.
DAT will, I think, continue and indeed has the potential to go from strength to strength. Muller correctly identified that the best market is regional - and as long as they retain their low cost base then they are a very viable operation. To all those pilots who ignored BeCA's bully boy Gestapo tactics and continued to try to honour their company's commitments to their passengers: I wish you success in your future careers. You have shown honour and courage. To those BeCA supporters that have destroyed Sabena and more inportantly the lives of thousands of your colleagues and employees of those dependent on Sabena, I say: may you live in interesting times.