Berlin Tegel displays with pride ‘Arch of Triumph’ certificate; another win for Europe in this week’s competition

Berlin Tegel FTWA

This is the first time a fire crew has gone to the heights of taking the ‘Arch of Triumph’ certificate onto the top of a tender for added drama. Wunderbar Berlin Tegel Airport!!

Berlin Tegel came very close to repeating a very rare feat this week, as it nearly achieved back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks in the ‘Arch of Triumph’ competition, coming second to a fine FTWA from Budapest. Not since May 2014 has this been accomplished, when the small UK regional airport in Cambridge delivered two world beating FTWAs in successive weeks for route launches from Verona (Etihad Regional) and Amsterdam (CityJet). Prior to that Tampa Airport, which now seems to have dedicated its marketing resources to route launch cakes, also won two weekly titles in December 2013. The win also sees Europe extend its lead at the top of the inter-regional table, having now secured 46% of all weekly titles. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
05 Feb Transaero Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 34.9
18 Apr airBaltic Riga to Aalborg Aalborg (AAL) 32.9
1 May Air China Beijing to Budapest Budapest (BUD) 32.6
24 Apr Adria Airways Ljubljana to Berlin Tegel Berlin Tegel (TXL) 32.1
14 Feb Porter Airlines Toronto City to Charleston Charleston (CHS) 31.9
2 Mar Aeromexico Mexico City to Medellin Medellin (MDE) 31.2
16 Dec Air Moldova Chisinau to Turin Turin (TRN) 30.7
19 Mar Silver Airways Charleston to Tampa Charleston (CHS) 29.1
12 Jan SeaPort Airlines Muscle Shoals to Nashville Muscle Shoals (MSL) 28.8
14 Jan InselAir Aruba Aruba to Manaus Manaus (MAO) 25.6

Air China Bejing to Budapest (via Minsk) 1May

Air China Bejing to Budapest (via Minsk)

The grey skies of Budapest could not keep this FTWA down…

Judge’s Comments: Clearly last year’s training at the Budapest fire station, performed by Editor and FTWA judge Marc Watkins, is still paying off for the Hungarian airport, as it celebrates its first win of 2015 and third place on the overall leader board with this effort.

Marc: 8.3; Paul: 8.2; Ralph: 7.7; Vlad: 8.4.

JetBlue Airways Boston to Cleveland 30 April

JetBlue Airways Boston to Cleveland

Helping to avert a bird strike on the ground…

Judge’s Comments: Was there a bird that the right-hand tender was aiming at to prevent a dangerous engine ingestion? No-one may ever know, but the resulting FTWA is hilarious – and made the judges laugh out loud!

Marc: 3.2; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 2.6; Vlad: 5.9.

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Porto 30 April

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Porto

Colourful red water jets from Portugal…

Judge’s Comments: We love the fact that airports are adding colours to their water jets. However, it is still worthwhile practising the basics first, like creating an arch!! That said maybe the fire crews in Porto were distracted by the fact that an A330 turned up on the inaugural rather than the expected A319 or 737-800!!

Marc: 6.1; Paul: 7.2; Ralph: 6.4; Vlad: 8.2.

Aer Lingus Dublin to Washington Dulles 1 May

Aer Lingus Dublin to Washington Dulles

The luck of the Irish was not in evidence on this FTWA…

Judge’s Comments: Luck is not a part of a top quality FTWA. It’s all about skill and precision ‒ two factors sadly lacking in the US capital this week. Maybe they didn’t want to get the flags wet???

Marc: 3.5; Paul: 6.4; Ralph: 0.5; Vlad: 3.9.

Delta Air Lines Seattle-Tacoma to Boise 1 May

Delta Air Lines Seattle-Tacoma to Boise

I’ll stand out here…as long as I don’t get wet…

Judge’s Comments: The craze of ‘photobombing’ (Google it if you’re unsure) has finally hit airport marketing images of FTWAs. I guess it had to happen at some point. Unfortunately for the guys in Boise, judges are (mainly) of a certain age where they do not prescribe to such new-fangled trends and vogues and this is reflected in the somewhat low scores.

Marc: 4.1; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 3.3; Vlad: 4.9.

Azerbaijan Airlines Baku to Berlin Tegel 2 May

Azerbaijan Airlines Baku to Berlin Tegel

More colourful water jets…and great airport branding in this shot…

Judge’s Comments: This was very nearly two wins in consecutive weeks for Berlin Tegel. This feat has only been achieved twice before, by Cambridge Airport in May last year and Tampa Airport in December 2013.

Marc: 7.1; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 8.5; Vlad: 6.7.

Blue Air Constanta to Milan/Bergamo 2 May

Blue Air Constanta to Milan Bergamo

Hard to distinguish between the rain and the water jets…the latter is coming from the tenders (just in case you were struggling to tell)…

Judge’s Comments: Some days you jump out of bed, full of the joys of Spring…and other days your hand hovers over the phone…poised to ring your boss…as you try to come up with a plausible excuse for a duvet day. On 2 May in Constanta it was definitely a duvet day…not that this stopped a fine first time effort from the Romanian airport.

Marc: 6.8; Paul: 7.1; Ralph: 6.2; Vlad: 9.5.

Air Cairo Hurghada to Hannover 3 May

Air Cairo Hurghada to Hannover

Weather forecast for Hannover – rain, with water jets in between, followed by more rain…

Judge’s Comments: It’s 1,650 kilometres from Constanta to Hannover…while this is a long way, it’s clearly not far enough for the same rain cloud in Romania to have made its way above the apron of the Northern German airport a day later. And they say it rains in the UK…pah!

Marc: 6.4; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 7.1; Vlad: 8.3.

Aeromexico Mexico City to Toronto Pearson 4 May

Aeromexico Mexico City to Toronto Pears

Arriba, arriba! A speciality FTWA on show in Canada…

Judge’s Comments:  The firefighters at Toronto Pearson have lovingly created an FTWA style known in Mexico as the ‘tortilla’ to celebrate the start of Aeromexico’s new service from Mexico City. While this type of arch is much-admired in Mexico, gringos very rarely capture its true spicy nature…a fact which is reflected in the wide range of scores awarded.

Marc: 5.8; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 6.0; Vlad: 6.3.


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