Qatar Airways has won the Airline of the Year award, known as "the Oscars of the aviation industry," for a record seventh time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022. At the event in London Friday, the airline also took home three additional awards, including World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Lounge Dining, and Best Airline in the Middle East. The awards covered the 12 months from September 2021 to August 2022 with over 14 million eligible entries counted in the results, a period when Qatar Airways increased its global network back to over 150 destinations. Earlier, Qatar Airways was named Airline of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, according to a media statement. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said: "To be named as the World's Best Airline was always a goal when Qatar Airways was created, but to win it for the seventh time and pick up three additional awards is a testament to all the hard work of our incredible employees." Read: Qatar Airways temporarily closes Dhaka office "To win these awards in the same year that we celebrate our 25th anniversary is even more rewarding and I want to offer a sincere thanks to all our passengers who voted for us," he added. Edward Plaisted of international air transport rating organisation Skytrax said: "Qatar Airways were the largest airline to have flown consistently throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with their network never falling below 30 destinations, and that determination has been well recognised by customers with this award as Airline of the Year 2022." Qatar Airways now flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport.
Flight operations on international routes from Bangladesh resumed on Tuesday after over two months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. “International flights resumed today,” Group Captain AHM Towhidul Ahsan, Director of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, told UNB. A flight of Qatar Airways left Dhaka at 2am, he said adding that another flight from Doha arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3am. Tahera Khandaker, Director General Manager (PR), Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said a Biman flight will leave Dhaka for London once a week (Sunday). A flight will leave Dhaka on June 21, he added.
A total of 269 US citizens along with seven dogs left Dhaka for their country on Monday evening. A special flight of Qatar Airways carrying them took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 6:05pm, said airport Security Director Group Capt AHM Towhid-Ul Ahsan.
Abu Dhabi's long-troubled national carrier Etihad on Thursday reported losses of $870 million in 2019 after losing billions in recent years, calling the result "encouraging."