Copenhagen Airport receives its Arch of Triumph certificate at KL Slots

Posing at the IATA Slot Conference with their Arch of Triumph certificate for the start of Blue Air’s new route to Bucharest are Copenhagen Airport’s Senior Manager, Commercial Strategy and Route Development, Simon Nathan and Senior Route Development Manager, Annika Liljenberg. With Air India scheduled to start services to the Danish capital later this year, Liljenberg is hoping that the Star Alliance carrier wins the same award in September when its three times weekly operation from Delhi commences.

It is always a good feeling to hand over in person hard-won awards to the latest triumphant airport in this competition. That’s exactly what anna.aero was able to do this week at the 140th IATA Slot Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the marketing team from last week’s winner Copenhagen Airport were exhibiting in Malaysia, and they were over-the-moon at receiving their certificate on behalf of the airport and the firefighters that performed the FTWA. “This is one of the proudest moments in my airport marketing career,” confessed the Danish airport’s Senior Manager, Commercial Strategy and Route Development, Simon Nathan. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
13-Apr Ural Airlines Sochi/Adler to Tel Aviv Sochi/Adler (AER) 37.6
25-May Delta Air Lines New York JFK to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 37.5
16-Feb United Airlines San Francisco to Tampa Tampa (TPA) 37.4
28-Apr Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto Porto (OPO) 36.8
07-May Germania Fuerteventura to Toulouse Fuerteventrua (FUE) 36.7
07-Jun Air China Beijing to Zurich Zurich (ZRH) 36.3
08-Apr Luxair Luxembourg to Alicante Alicante (ALC) 36.2
16-May Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Milan Bergamo Milan Bergamo (BGY) 35.9
02-Jun Blue Air Bucharest to Copenhagen Copenhagen (CPH) 35.6
05-Feb Qatar Airways Doha to Auckland Auckland (AKL) 35.6

Air China Beijing to Zurich 7 June

At least the sun came out for the FTWA…

Judges’ comments: It looks like there was a huge downpour just prior to the arrival of Air China’s inaugural service to Zurich…luckily for the airport’s marketeers…the sun just peeked out at the right time…what the random baggage cart was doing in the picture is still not known…

Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 9.2; Paul: 9.3; Ralph: 8.8.

easyJet London Gatwick to Varna 6 June

X marks the spot for this FTWA…

Judges’ comments: Some of you may think that this FTWA looks like a giant watery X in the Bulgarian blue skies…but if you look closely you can see that the firefighters from Varna are simply trying to emulate the orange swoosh or cheatline (as it’s known in the industry) that is emblazoned on the side of the easyJet aircraft. For what it’s worth I think that easyJet should have stuck with its old livery anyway…this one is rubbish…

Jonny: 7.4; Marc: 6.5; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 5.7.

Ernest Milan Bergamo to Tirana 6 June

When you are a start-up airline, every new route is worth an FTWA…

Judges’ comments: When you are the new kid on the block, everyone wants a piece of you! This certainly seems to be the case for new Italian boy Ernest…which seems to be getting FTWAs left, right and centre. The one we had for the airline last week was from another Milanese airport, namely Malpensa. With a score of 0.4 more than its rival airport, we know which crew of firefighters has bragging rights in Milan at the moment…

Jonny: 8.5; Marc: 9.0; Paul: 8.9; Ralph: 8.5.

Air Canada Rouge Vancouver to London Gatwick 8 June

This FTWA was under the watchful eye of one of the airport’s AFS Watch Managers…

Judges’ comments: This is a privileged view of an FTWA…from inside of Clwyd Jones’ (GIFireE) vehicle, a Watch Manager for Gatwick’s Airport Fire Service. He was clearly tasked with ensuring that the FTWA was not a poor one…to which he undoubtedly answered ‘…not on my Watch.’ For all those spotters out there, we are reliably informed by Jones that the inaugural aircraft was registered as C-FMWV…

Jonny: 8.2; Marc: 8.9; Paul: 9.2; Ralph: 8.1.

easyJet Faro to Nice and Lille 9 June

Missing…left-hand tender…if anyone finds it please return to Faro Airport…

Judges’ comments: For all we know there could just be a man with a hose providing the left-hand side of this FTWA in Faro. As undisputed leaders in the appreciation and scoring of new route baptisms…you would think that most airports would have a good idea of the components of a world-beating FTWA…well clearly our message is not being received in Portugal…both fire tenders in shot next time please…

Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 6.6; Paul: 6.4; Ralph: 5.5.

TAP Portugal Lisbon to Alicante 10 June

Something quite rare in Alicante…an FTWA with a turboprop aircraft…

Judges’ comments: Whether it’s because turboprops tend to be used only domestic or short international sectors, and therefore don’t attract the marketing dollars that seem to be spent on longer, jet-served routes, it is quite rare to see an ATR 72 underneath an FTWA. On uniqueness, this offering from Alicante, scores well…

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 9.0; Paul: 9.1; Ralph: 8.0.

TAP Portugal Lisbon to Stuttgart 10 June

Guy on the left: “What do you think of this FTWA”…Guy on the right: “It’s ok…but did you see the one TAP got in Alicante”

Judges’ comments: It’s tough for inaugural airports when an airline is starting several new routes all in one week, like TAP Portugal is – with five beginning. It almost becomes a little mini competition between these airports of who is the best…we know who we think is the #1 airport to get a new link to Lisbon…but do you agree?

Jonny: 7.4; Marc: 7.4; Paul: 7.2 ; Ralph: 6.7.

Lucky Air Kunming to Moscow Domodedovo 12 June

Lucky Air FTWA at DME

Hurry up with the FTWA…we would like to get on stand please…

Judges’ comments: Lucky for Lucky Air as it receives its well-earned FTWA…but unlucky for those airlines waiting behind the inaugural service from Kunming to finish taxiing and get to the airport terminal. The gap between the two water jets is almost exacerbated by the angle of this picture…

Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 6.2; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 6.8.


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