Brussels brandishes its latest Arch of Triumph certificate

Brussels Arch of triumph

Brandishing their second Arch of Triumph winners certificate, this time celebrating the launch of SunExpress’ new route from Izmir on 30 June, are some of Brussels Airport’s finest firefighters.

Of the 22 weeks of judged (there were two weeks at the start of the S15 season when the public voted) FTWAs so far recorded in the 2015 Arch of Triumph competition, the average score achieved by the victors has been 31.1. So with a score of 29.2, this week’s winner, Geneva, is some way behind the curve. No surprises then for its 18th spot overall. This time last year, the average winning score was 30.5, so this year’s combatants will be finding it harder to make an impression against the world’s best airport firefighters – which have obviously upped their respective games this time out. After a couple of weeks off the top podium place, Europe has re-asserted itself with this week’s victory. With 10 out of 24 weekly wins, the region has secured 42% of all FTWA certificates up-for-grabs this year. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
10 Jul flydubai Dubai to Faisalabad Faisalabad (LYP) 37.1
5 Jun Wizz Air Košice to Milan/Bergamo Košice (KSC) 36.8
15 Jun Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong Hong Kong (HKG) 36.7
19 May Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Portland Portland (PDX) 36.7
16 Jun Vistara Delhi to Bengaluru Bengaluru (BLR) 36.3
30 Jun SunExpress Izmir to Brussels Brussels (BRU) 35.7
7 May American Airlines New York JFK to Birmingham Birmingham (BHX) 35.3
16 Jul AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to Kaohsiung Kaohsiung (KHH) 35.0
1 Jun Jetstar Japan Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong Tokyo Narita (NRT) 35.0
05 Feb Transaero Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 34.9

Wizz Air Sofia to Geneva 27 July

Wizz Air Sofia to Geneva

Nice bit of photo-bombing from the departing Iberia flight…or is it simply an FTWA fly-past…

Judge’s Comments: While many airports often go with a traditional Swiss-themed ‘Toblerone’ style for a route launch to the land of cuckoo clocks, it is not often that we see the tables turned. Described as ‘very traditional and extremely tasty’, Geneva Airport has gone for the Bulgarian confectionery-themed ‘Amphora’ FTWA here, named after the very popular Bulgarian pralines that have a specific bergamot taste. Yummy…

Jonny: 7.3; Marc: 7.9; Paul: 7.3; Ralph: 6.7.

Xiamen Airlines Xiamen to Amsterdam 26 July

Xiamen Airlines Xiamen to Amsterdam

It’s a good job the Xiamen Airlines aircraft isn’t grey…or else this would have been a grey picture with two red blobs on it…

Judge’s Comments: Even though we sent’s Assistant Editor (and FTWA judge) to Amsterdam to capture the moment Xiamen Airlines’ first European (and indeed its first long-haul) service arrived, we could do nothing about the weather, which was clearly not going to play ball on this one. Last time we were in Schiphol for a route launch…the start of Garuda Indonesia services from Jakarta…at least the weather was better…

Jonny: 9.9; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 6.1; Ralph: 7.3.

fastjet Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe 27 July

fastjet Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe

To be perfectly honest, we’re really not sure what is happening here…

Judge’s Comments: One of these scores is what analysts would call an outlier – a result that is outside of the trend. When the judge responsible for this outlier was questioned on his sympathetic score, he said: “I once had a girlfriend from there (Dar es Salaam) ‒ although she was hard work.” Another judge said that he was scoring just for the puddle alone. As a result, this FTWA (if it can be called one), becomes only the third in 2015 to score less than 10 points in total.

Jonny: 0.1; Marc: 0.6; Paul: 4.8; Ralph: 1.7.

Wizz Air Sofia to Geneva 27 July

Wizz Air Sofia to Geneva

New Swiss route…so we’re ‘Tobleroning’ naturally…

Judge’s Comments: If there is ever a time to pull out a specialist FTWA, like the ‘Toblerone’ on display here in Sofia, it’s when you need to add a bit of cultural flavour about your city pair airport – in this case, as the aircraft arrives back from Geneva. Clearly a fine depiction of the style, made easier by the fact that the tenders appear to be about one metre from the A320’s wing tips!!

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 6.6; Ralph: 6.4.


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