Seven airports battle it out to be Week 19 Arch of Triumph champion

Well the 2017 inter-regional competition would seemingly be over already. Registering its 11th straight victory over the rest of the world this week, Europe has now amassed 12 wins in total this year – or a whopping 63% of all weekly prizes. That said, it has delivered 69% or 107 of the 153 entries – so its wins per entry ratio is just 0.11. Europe’s result is around a third of one of the best-performing parts of the world in terms of this particular metric, which is Australasia. With one win derived from its three entries, it has impressive figures in this regard, delivering a win/entry ratio of 0.33. The Middle East comes in next, with 0.17 or one victory for the six FTWAs the judges have received so far in 2017. The top region however is the Caribbean, which has had one entry (way back in week one) and one win, giving it a win/entry ratio of 1.0! So it just goes to show that the biggest isn’t always the best…as the statistics never lie. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
13-Apr Ural Airlines Sochi/Adler to Tel Aviv Sochi/Adler (AER) 37.6
16-Feb United Airlines San Francisco to Tampa Tampa (TPA) 37.4
28-Apr Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto Porto (OPO) 36.8
07-May Germania Fuerteventura to Toulouse Fuerteventrua (FUE) 36.7
08-Apr Luxair Luxembourg to Alicante Alicante (ALC) 36.2
16-May Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Milan Bergamo Milan Bergamo (BGY) 35.9
05-Feb Qatar Airways Doha to Auckland Auckland (AKL) 35.6
10-Feb Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 35.4
06-Mar Azul Airlines Belo Horizonte to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Belo Horizonte (CNF) 35.4
15-May KLM Amsterdam to Porto Porto (OPO) 34.1

Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Milan Bergamo 16 May

Ukraine International Airlines Milan Bergamo

Bellisima FTWA in Bergamo…and a worthy weekly winner…

Judges’ Comments: Not only is this FTWA structurally very sound, but the fact that it was taken at night also adds value and improves its score. Add to that that this photo was not taken by a professional, but by Milan Bergamo’s Commercial Aviation Director Giacomo Cattaneo with his phone, then it goes stratospheric. Bellisima Bergamo…bellisima…

Jonny: 8.8; Marc: 9.5; Paul: 9.1; Ralph: 8.5.

Cebu Pacific Air Cebu to Cotabato 16 May

Its another FTWA from Asia’s most-prolific provider of FTWAs…

Judges’ Comments: So far this year we have received 13 FTWAs from Asian airports and 10 of them have been from Cebu in the Philippines. Not only is the airport the most prolific provider of FTWAs in the region, it has sent the judges the most entries of any airport in the world. No other airport even comes remotely close. Barcelona and Marseille (both with four)…are its nearest competition. We salute your valiant endeavours Cebu… 

Jonny: 8.5; Marc: 8.2; Paul: 7.8; Ralph: 7.7.

Wizz Air Basel to Osijek 19 May

Wizz Air Osijek

Plenty more FTWAs hopefully planned in Croatia…

Judges’ Comments: Wizz Air is one of the most-baptised airlines in the world when it comes to receiving FTWAs – with this week’s three, it now has 14 so far in 2017. As a new point on the ULCC’s network map, Osijek Airport in Croatia can probably look forward to plenty more new routes, and as a result, further opportunities to impress the judges with its FTWA skills. Not a bad start with a joint #2 spot this week…

Jonny: 8.9; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 8.2; Ralph: 8.5.

Wizz Air Belgrade to Friedrichshafen 19 May

Wizz Air Friedrichshafen

A three water jet FTWA…you don’t see many of them…

Judges’ Comments: While we admire the extra effort which has gone into producing this triple water jet, the judges are at the end of the day analysts and FTWA purists…so we like symmetry. Bearing our FTWA prejudices in mind, three water jets are therefore not better than two, but they were good enough to secure joint second place this week…

Jonny: 9.1; Marc: 8.9; Paul: 8.2; Ralph: 7.9.

WOW air Reykjavik/Keflavik to Cork 19 May 

WOW air Cork Airport

A frosty reception for this new service from Iceland…the corks won’t be popping just yet in Ireland…

Judges’ Comments: When you are in Cork, it’s not every day your airport gets linked up to a multitude of new North American connections. So you would think a little bit of FTWA practice would have been the order of the day, before the arrival of WOW air’s new service from Iceland. Obviously not…more cuppa tea than popping Champagne corks then…

Jonny: 5.0; Marc: 4.5; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 3.7.

Croatia Airlines Zagreb to Oslo Gardermoen 21 May

Croatia Airlines Oslo

Please mind the gap…please mind the gap…please mind the gap…

Judges’ Comments: For any of you that have been to London and travelled on its Underground train system, otherwise know as the Tube, you will be familiar with the above phrase – ‘please mind the gap’ – which is robotically uttered in a presumably computer-generated message whenever the distance between the train and the platform is deemed excessive. Our judge’s also feel that the gap between these water jets is similarly excessive…

Jonny: 7.0; Marc: 7.1; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 6.6.

Wizz Air Sofia to Frankfurt 22 May

Wizz Air Frankfurt Sofia

Another ULCC at Frankfurt…who let them in??

Judges’ Comments: First Ryanair and now Wizz Air. Despite being an ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier), the arrival of Wizz Air at Frankfurt, which is normally more used to welcoming the world’s flag carriers, the airport has gone the whole hog (as we like to say in the UK)…or ‘Gegangen das ganze Schwein’ (as they don’t say in Germany)…with the full baptism. Clearly some more practice is needed at Europe’s fourth busiest airport…ready for the next ULCC or legacy carrier launching services…

Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 5.1; Paul: 5,9; Ralph: 4.7.


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