Romanian revelry and rouge seeks gold in Portugal

Romanian revelry and rouge seeks gold in Portugal

Really, you have 32 fire tenders at Iasi Airport? How many passengers do you handle?? Whatever the answer (about 230,000 per annum), firefighters Vali Rusu, Vasile Nita, Dan Costin and Stefan Rotariu are happy with last week’s winning result. even got a mention on a local newswire.

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 is happy to oblige. Keep monitoring.

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
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

Air Canada rouge Toronto Pearson to Lisbon

Near FTWA perfection in Portugal. Shame about the football team.

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

Air Canada Toronto Pearson to Milan Malpensa

After crashing out of the World Cup, the Italians also lose in FTWA contest.

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

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Münster/Osnabrück

Not ‘Big Boy, Little Boy’, but ‘Big Boy, No Boy’.

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

Canadian North Airlines Halifax to Iqaluit

A cautious Canadian FTWA from Halifax.

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

Hainan Airline Beijing to Boston

They won’t be saying ‘Cheers’ in Boston for this FTWA.

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

Vueling Malaga to Lanzarote

Sun, sea and average FTWA in Lanzarote.

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

Vueling Barcelona to La Palma

Close second for Aena’s La Palma this week with this effort.

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.


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