Brussels boasts about ‘Arch of Triumph’ win; US newcomer wins this week’s one-horse race

Brussels Airport FTWA

We’re so good – we glow in the dark. Proving that firemen work nights as well as days are some of Brussels Airport’s finest and indeed recent ‘Arch of Triumph’ winners: Geert Raveel; Stefan Demanet; Terry Liekens; Edwin Baert; and seated Carl Warnant.

The last two weeks have proven just how this fickle competition fluctuates. Brussels Airport, the most prolific provider of FTWAs in the world this year, has had to fight hard to win its first ever ‘Arch of Triumph’, battling against 40 other airports in the seven weeks of the competition it has taken part in. Tough going. By comparison, today’s winner, Dallas Love Field, has never sent us an FTWA before this week and hits it lucky, being the only airport entering in Week 35. Easy pickings for the Texan airport, especially with a winning score of 23.9 – which Brussels would have beaten in six out of the seven weeks it took part it. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
24 April United Airlines Houston Intercontinental to Munich Munich (MUC)


9 September Cebu Pacific Air Manila to Sydney Sydney (SYD)


1 February Qatar Airways Cargo Doha to Dubai Al Maktoum Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC)


6 October Qatar Airways Cargo Entebbe/Nairobo to Brussels Brussels (BRU)


13 June TAROM Iasi to Milan/Bergamo Iasi (IAS)


24 June China Southern Airlines Guangzhou/Changsha to Frankfurt Frankfurt (FRA)


2 July Transero Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Taipei Taoyuan Taipei Taoyuan (TPE)


14 April LinksAir Doncaster Sheffield to Isle of Man Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)


25 July Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Gazipaşa Gazipaşa (GZP)


18 August Finnair Helsinki to Kazan Kazan (KZN)


Virgin America San Francisco to Dallas Love Field 13 October

Virgin America San Francisco to Dallas Love Field

A Virgin FTWA from Dallas Love Field.

Judge’s comments: During 2014, we’ve had several FTWAs from Dallas/Fort Worth, (although no winners to date) but never any from Love Field. The arrival of more FTWAs from Dallas’ “other airport” is now more likely following the revision of the Wright Amendment, which now allows airlines to fly into Love Field from more remote destinations in the US – see our airport profile this week for more detail. This is a good opener for the Texan newcomer, but there is still plenty of room for improvement, as it comes in at 31st on the overall leader board.

Marc: 5.5; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 6.5; Vlad: 6.4.


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