honours Jasim Al Beloushi, Dubai Airport firefighter honours Jasim Al Beloushi, Dubai Airport firefighter

Jasim Al Beloushi, was the Dubai Airport firefighter who lost his life saving others last week when Emirates flight EK521 crash landed. CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, said: “I am deeply saddened to confirm that a member of Dubai Airports’ firefighting team succumbed to injuries sustained whilst responding to the accident of flight EK521. We are doing all we can to support the family of this member of our team and others affected by the incident.”

While all 282 passengers and 18 crew survived when Emirates flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram crash landed at Dubai last week, one of the airport’s firefighters died in the line of duty saving the lives of others. The fallen firefighter, Jasim Al Beloushi, was from Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. Everyone at, and I’m sure everyone involved in this industry and beyond, echo the words and sentiments of Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE GCAA: “On behalf of the General Civil Aviation Authority, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. I salute his ultimate sacrifice that kept many from harm’s way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
25-May United Airlines Washington Dulles to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 39.0
01-Feb Jetstar Airways Nelson to Wellington Wellington (WLG) 37.3
08-Jan Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong to Gold Coast Gold Coast (OOL) 37.2
23-Jun American Airlines Los Angeles to Auckland Auckland (AKL) 37.1
02-Feb AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 37.0
11-Mar Wizz Air Budapest to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) 36.9
01-Aug Atlasglobal Istanbul Atatürk to Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) 36.9
03-Aug Emirates Dubai to Hanoi Hanoi (HAN) 36.8
14-Apr bmi regional Munich to Southampton Munich (MUC) 36.8
06-Apr Air India Delhi to Vienna Vienna (VIE) 35.7

Emirates Dubai to Hanoi 3 August

FTWA:Emirates Dubai to Hanoi 3 August

This FTWA in Hanoi is dedicated to the memory of Jasim Al Beloushi…

Judge’s Comments: As a mark of respect to the Dubai Airport firefighter Jasim Al Beloushi, who died last week attending the stricken EK521 aircraft, this type of water arch has been named the ‘Al Beloushi’ in memorial of not just Jasim, who made the ultimate sacrifice doing his job, but to every firefighter that pulls on their kit at every airport around the world when they get a shout. No debate on the winning FTWA this week either…

Jonny: 9.1; Marc: 9.0; Paul: 9.2; Ralph: 9.5.

Qatar Airways Doha to Pisa 2 August

Ftwa:Qatar Airways Doha to Pisa 2 August

This possibly the narrowest FTWA picture we have ever been sent…

Judge’s Comments: This is a classic ‘Big boy, Little boy’ FTWA from Pisa. Whenever I think of Italy, I can’t help think of food, so maybe the right-hand tender is the antipasto, while the left-hand one is the secondo? Whatever it is meant to be, this FTWA is unlikely to be the primo this week…

Jonny: 7.8; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 8.1; Ralph: 5.2.

Wizz Air Milan/Bergamo to Suceava 3 August

ftwa:Wizz Air Milan/Bergamo to Suceava 3 August

Unusual to have one of the trucks pointing in the same direction as the aircraft…?

Judge’s Comments: While we have had FTWAs with only one tender in attendance, the judges are unsure as to whether we have had one where the fire truck has been parked parallel to the aircraft rather than perpendicular…which is the norm. Either that or the crew in the tender on the left had been told the FTWA was being performed on the taxiway in front of it…and in actual fact the right-hand tender is parked in the wrong place!!

Jonny: 7.3; Marc: 5.6; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 6.8.

Corendon Airlines Antalya to Memmingen 5 August

ftwa-:Corendon Airlines Antalya to Memmingen 5 August

Was this camera dropped…was the photographer lying down…or just very short??

Judge’s Comments: All I can hope is that the photographer didn’t hang around after taking this image…lying on a taxiway is not advised…even in the quest to seal FTWA glory!! The picture is not unique…we’ve had some of these types of FTWAs before – in the ‘how low can you go’ style – however in the past we had just assumed that the photographer had come straight from a corporate gig the night before and in order to stop the plane spinning it was safer for him/her to lie down…

Jonny: 7.8; Marc: 7.9; Paul: 7.8; Ralph: 7.4.

Southwest Airlines Fort Lauderdale to Nassau 7 August

ftwa:Southwest Airlines Fort Lauderdale to Nassau 7 August

Fort Lauderdale opts for an internal examination of its FTWA…

Judge’s Comments: None of the four judges has any medical experience…but we are most-experienced airport new route marketing doctors of the internal examination when it comes to FTWAs. The main problem with this type of FTWA, normally taken by an enthusiastic passenger or a marketing bod on a free trip somewhere exotic, is that we can only see 50% of the water arch…so this is of course reflected in the scores…which will be no more than 50%…

Jonny: 2.5; Marc: 4.3; Paul: 4.0; Ralph: 4.0.

Volaris Guadalajara to Austin-Bergstrom 7 August

Ftwa:This FTWA has been performed by Austinites…powerful stuff…

This FTWA has been performed by Austinites…powerful stuff…

Judge’s Comments: Residents of Austin are known as Austinites apparently. Their collective power creates an effect similar to Kryptonite…however unlike the latter which weakens the powers of Superman…a group of Austinites has a slightly less powerful effect. For example, they can change traffic lights to green upon demand (which can cause problems in downtown Austin…when all lights at an intersection are turned green), control the minds of chickens, and they can also curve water into a nice FTWA…as seen here…

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 8.8; Paul: 8.6; Ralph: 8.8.


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