anna.aero honours Jasim Al Beloushi, Dubai Airport firefighter
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 anna.aero, 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.”
|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
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
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
Judge’s Comments: While we have had FTWAs with only one tender in attendance, the anna.aero 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
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
Judge’s Comments: None of the four anna.aero 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
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.