A GROUP of German journalists got a first-hand glimpse of what life is like in the new transatlantic world of DaimlerChrysler.
After watching co-chairmen Robert Eaton and Juergen Schrempp raise a glass and toast their newly-merged company Monday evening, the journalists were ferried by bus to the airport in Frankfurt, where they boarded a chartered Lauda Air Boeing 777 for the flight to New York City.
The big jet, piloted by former Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda himself, departed Frankfurt about 8: 30pm Frankfurt time.
Arriving at Kennedy Airport in the early morning hours of Tuesday, the group was able to grab a few hours' sleep before buses whisked them to the New York Stock Exchange at 7: 30am, New York time.
They watched Eaton and Schrempp, who had likewise made the overnight flight, sound the bell to open the trading floor.
After a press conference and a couple of hours of interviews, the weary group reboarded the plane and flew back to Frankfurt, arriving at around 8: 30 Wednesday morning. Duration of journey: about 36 hours.