Romanian revelry and rouge seeks gold in Portugal
Way back in Week 11 of the 2014 ‘Arch of Triumph’ ANA’s Porto Airport came a close second to Doncaster Sheffield Airport with a score of 34.0. This week, the Portuguese airports group has gone one better, with Lisbon Airport securing top spot and fifth place on the overall leader board (still behind Doncaster Sheffield), beating Aena’s La Palma with a winning margin of 5.4 points. To be honest, given the form of the Portuguese football (soccer) team they do need something to shout about in Lisbon…and anna.aero is happy to oblige. Keep monitoring.
|24 April||United Airlines Houston Intercontinental to Munich||Munich (MUC)||
|1 February||Qatar Airways Cargo Doha to Dubai Al Maktoum||Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC)||
|13 June||TAROM Iasi to Milan/Bergamo||Iasi (IAS)||
|14 April||LinksAir Doncaster Sheffield to Isle of Man||Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)||
|21 June||Air Canada rouge Toronto Pearson to Lisbon||Lisbon (LIS)||
|2 June||Air Dolomiti Milan/Bergamo to Munich||Milan/Bergamo (BGY)||
|3 March||bmi regional Newcastle to Brussels||Newcastle (NCL)||
|22 May||Qatar Airways Doha to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen||Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)||
|5 June||Flybe London Southend to Münster/Osnabrück||London Southend (SEN)||
|17 May||Etihad Regional Verona to Cambridge||Cambridge (CBG)||
Air Canada rouge Toronto Pearson to Lisbon 21 June
Judge’s comments: There were certainly no red faces in the ANA marketing department this week for the Air Canada rouge launch, thanks to this winning FTWA delivered by Lisbon’s finest.
Marc: 8.2; Paul: 9.0; Ralph: 8.6; Vlad: 8.7.
Air Canada Toronto Pearson to Milan Malpensa 18 June
Judge’s comments: Once bitten (by Luis Suarez), twice shy for Milan Malpensa’s firefighters. While this ‘Gangnam Style’ FTWA has typical Italian style (see light misting for aircraft to emerge from) it’s not good enough to win this week. Well they did us no favours at the World Cup, so why should we help them out here!
Marc: 6.9; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 6.5; Vlad: 7.5.
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to
Münster/Osnabrück 18 June
Judge’s comments: Unfortunately half an FTWA can only ever score a maximum of five points, so Münster/Osnabrück’s offering will be struggling to trouble the leader board. The German regional airport could do with a tutorial from current leaders and fellow German airport Munich for its next big route launch.
Marc: 4.2; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 4.4; Vlad: 2.5.
Canadian North Airlines Halifax to Iqaluit 20 June
Judge’s comments: Come on guys, if you want to impress with an FTWA you need to get up close and personal to the aircraft, or else you end up with a ‘Dukes of Hazard’ style FTWA like this. Nobody ever won anything by being cautious…unless you are the Greek national football (soccer) team.
Marc: 5.8; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 5.3; Vlad: 5.9.
Hainan Airline Beijing to Boston 20 June
Judge’s comments: Do they need to change the beer barrel on these fire tenders? Clearly there is a lack of pressure issue leading to a frothy rather than fulsome pint of FTWA action?? Does anyone know a bar where these firefighters can drown their sorrows??
Marc: 3.2; Paul: 4.2; Ralph: 2.2; Vlad: 5.5.
Vueling Malaga to Lanzarote 20 June
Judge’s comments: The North-East Trade Winds hit Lanzarote first of all the Canary Islands, which is great if you are a sailor or windsurfer, but no good if you are trying to deliver a world-class FTWA.
Marc: 6.2; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 6.1; Vlad: 6.8.
Vueling Barcelona to La Palma 21 June
Judge’s comments: Aena’s Canary Islands airports have real pedigree in this ‘Arch of Triumph’ competition, being the current reigning champions. In an average week, this FTWA would have won easily, but this classic ‘Roman Cross’ effort was only fit for #2 spot this time out.
Marc: 8.0; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 7.0; Vlad: 6.6.