First Qantas passenger flights take off after shutdownSYDNEY - Australia' Qantas Airways resumed its first passenger flights Monday, a spokeswoman said, ending a 46-hour grounding of its fleet sparked by a bitter industrial row.
Qantas spokeswoman Sophia Connolly said the first flight, QF 41 carrying 88 passengers, left the gate at Sydney International Airport at 3:41pm (0441 GMT) bound for Jakarta.
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"We have had over 10 flights take off now and we are hoping to clear the backlog of passengers in the next 24 to 48 hours," Connolly told AFP.
"We should be operating pretty much at full schedule tomorrow."
Flights to Los Angeles, Dallas Fort Worth and Singapore had also left, she added, along with six domestic services across Australia.
by Marc Lavine
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