Qantas grounds worldwide fleet over dispute

Source: Kevin Drew, The New York Times

Qantas, the Australian airline, announced on Saturday that it had grounded its entire fleet around the world, the most drastic move yet in a protracted labor dispute between the company and its employees. The announcement caused the immediate cancellation of 600 flights affecting 70,000 travelers, the airline said. Alan Joyce, the airline’s chief executive, said the fleet of 108 aircraft in up to 22 countries would remain grounded until Qantas reached agreement over pay and work conditions with the unions representing pilots, mechanics and ground staff.

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