Africa’s airports seal first FTWA glory
Well it has taken over 50 weeks of competition and around 300 FTWAs, but Africa has finally secured its first ever victory in the ‘Arch of Triumph’. The FTWA was delivered for the inaugural flight of new LCC FlySafair between Johannesburg and Cape Town, but the win will unfortunately be a hollow one. In another “calm before the storm week” while we are all waiting for the new route explosion that is the start of the W14 season, the South African airport was this week’s only entry. Its winning score of just 15.6, is also the second lowest in the 2014 competition. However, a win is a win is a win, as they say in football, no matter how ugly they come. What it has done is marginally reduce Europe’s dominance in this competition, with its share of wins falling from 65.7% to 63.9%. Keep Monitoring!!
|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)||
FlySafair Cape Town to Johannesburg 16 October
Judge’s comments: I bet that there was someone taking a picture of this FTWA on the port side of the aircraft. If you know of one, get the person who took the photo to send it to us…and we will have the first ever full interior-shot FTWA. We would also have to automatically double this FTWA’s score, which would make it far more acceptable.
Marc: 4.2; Paul: 3.9; Ralph: 4.0; Vlad: 3.5.