Submitted by ub on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 11:33

60 Flights were able to land, but Qantas Airways has quickly grounded its global fleet, suddenly locking out striking workers after many weeks of disruptions, which could close down the world's 10th largest airline plane by plane.

Australia's government called an emergency arbitration hearing that lasted nearly two hours before the judges adjourned it to issue a decision later tonight.

Qantas previously announced that it had more than doubled annual profit to AU$250 million, but warned the business environment was too challenging to forecast earnings for the current fiscal year.