Asia records fifth success in 2018 Arch of Triumph challenge

After only receiving one entry last week, this week’s FTWA competition has been a more competitive affair. With three FTWAs (60% of the week’s total), Asia has increased its annual entries to 27 which is 7.0% of the overall total. It still trails Europe (203 entries), North America (70) and South America (30), but is ahead of Africa and Australasia (both 10), the Middle East (seven) and the Caribbean (four). However, Asia is joint second on the leaderboard with Australasia this year with each region now boasting five weekly winners. Only Europe (way ahead with 20 wins) has tasted success more often in the 2018 competition. Find out which airport claimed Asia’s first FTWA success since May here. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
24-May Delta Air Lines Atlanta to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 39.7
30-May Donghai Airlines Shenzhen to Darwin Darwin (DRW) 38.0
10-Jun TAP Air Portugal Lisbon to Florence Lisbon (LIS) 37.9
09-Sep Air Italy Milan Malpensa to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Milan Malpensa (MXP) 37.7
2-Jul LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Chopin to Billund Billund (BLL) 37.6
15-Jun Air Canada Rouge Montreal to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 37.2
01-May Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 37.2
08-Apr flydubai Dubai to Krakow Krakow (KRK) 37.1
05-Jul Aigle Azur Paris Orly to Sao Paulo Viracopos Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) 36.7
24-Jul Copa Airlines Panama City to Salvador de Bahia Salvador de Bahia (SSA) 36.5
18-May AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin Hua Hin (HHQ) 36.5
2-Sep LATAM Airlines Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 36.5

AirAsia Johor Bahru to Alor Setar 1 October 

AirAsia Alor Setar

A special Queens Park Rangers livery aircraft operated the inaugural Johor Bahru to Alor Setar sector.

Judges’ comments: AirAsia’s first flight from Johor Bahru to Alor Setar was operated by a special livery aircraft in the colours of UK Championship football team Queens Park Rangers, with the LCC being the official airline partner of the London-based club. The airline will be hoping its new route performs better than QPR, with the team currently in 17th position in the second-tier division. This FTWA impressed the judges enough to take home this week’s title with a score of 33.6 out of 40. Although the effort is good, it still misses out on entering the top 10…

Jonny: 8.3; Kerry: 8.5; Marc: 8.4; Nick: 8.4.

Sichuan Airlines Chengdu to Tel Aviv 26 September 

Sichuan Airlines Tel Aviv

Aiming for the top of the ATC tower…

Judges’ comments: A rare entry from the Middle East this week, with Tel Aviv’s welcoming ceremony for this Sichuan Airlines service becoming only the seventh FTWA to be entered from he region this year. From this angle it looks like the airport’s fire fighters are targeting the top of the Tel Aviv tower rather than baptising this route from Sichuan Province!

Jonny: 7.9; Kerry: 8.4; Marc: 8.2; Nick: 8.3.

China Southern Airlines Shenzhen to Kota Kinabalu 28 September 

China Southern Airlines Kota Kinabula

Talk about photobombing!!

Judges’ comments: A nice nighttime effort from Kota Kinabalu with a symmetrical arch meeting over the middle of the arriving China Southern Airlines aircraft is only let down by the lack of fire trucks in shot and the photobombing member of ground staff, who rather distracts attention away from the main action! He should also watch out for the inbound A320! 

Jonny: 7.6; Kerry: 7.4; Marc: 7.5; Nick: 7.5.

Thai AirAsia Chiang Mai to Taipei Taoyuan 30 September 

Thai AirAsia Taipei

Water, water everywhere! AirAsia’s A320 receives a thorough dowsing with a three-truck FTWA in Taipei.

Judges’ comments: What was going on at Taipei Taoyuan for this watery greeting? Did one of the two fire trucks on the left feel left out and decide to add its own jet to the mix at the last minute? This Thai AirAsia Airbus certainly received a liberal dowsing. Extra points for the use of an A320neo on the inaugural though!

Jonny: 7.4; Kerry: 7.0; Marc: 7.3; Nick: 7.2.

Emirates Dubai to Edinburgh 1 October 

Emirates Edinburgh

Pipping in the Emirates rather than the usual haggis…

Judges’ comments: Edinburgh deployed the latest in ground technology to help shepard the first Emirates arrival from Dubai to its stand – the ‘Follow Me’ bagpiper. This was a strong effort from the Scottish airport’s fire department and only narrowly missed out on a win this week.

Jonny: 8.1; Kerry: 8.5; Marc: 8.4; Nick: 8.2.


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