14 airports battle for Arch of Triumph glory in Week 17

In order to get onto the 2017 Arch of Triumph leader board at the moment you now need to score more than 32.6 – or a score of 8.2 per anna.aero judge. The competition was fierce this week, with the top three airports all scoring well enough to have secured a spot in the top 10, with Budapest in second having a tally of 36.3 and Birmingham (it has two entries this week) notching an impressive 34.3. Even Cardiff in fourth was not that far off, just 0.3 lower than the current resident in 10th position on the leader board – Birmingham! In an ordinary week these three European airports would have done enough to take the weekly win. But clearly this was no ordinary week. 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 Fuerteventura (FUE) 36.7
08-Apr Luxair Luxembourg to Alicante Alicante (ALC) 36.2
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
21-Apr Pobeda Moscow Vnukovo to Gazipasa-Alanya Gazipasa-Alanya (GZP) 33.1
27-Feb bmi regional Birmingham to Graz Birmingham (BHX) 32.6

Germania Fuerteventura to Toulouse 7 May

Be afraid…be very afraid…Canary Islands airports have a rich pedigree in this competition…

Judges’ comments: Having won the first ever Arch of Triumph competition way back in 2013, the airports of the Canary Islands certainly are no strangers to winning big. Four years ago it was Tenerife North that won the title…will it be Fuerteventura that marches off with this year’s trophy?? The scores are in…it’s onlt fourth on the leaderboard…

Jonny: 9.2; Marc: 9.6; Paul 8.8; Ralph: 9.1.

airBaltic Riga to Stavanger 2 May

airBaltic Stavanger Riga

Looks a bit Sydney Opera House…?

Judges’ comments: Did the firefighters at Stavanger think the new route was from Sydney and not Riga? Our judges think that this FTWA has all the architectural hallmarks of the Ozzie city’s famous Opera House thanks to the rainbow. Can you see that too? Maybe it’s just us then…

Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 6.7; Paul 7.5; Ralph: 6.7. 

bmi regional Derry to London Stansted 2 May

bmi regional London Stansted Bristol

The weather is like this 320 days of the year in Northern Ireland…

Judges’ comments: The western reaches of the UK have been basking in the best weather in the country at the moment…days and days of endless sunshine…and this FTWA from Derry in Northern Ireland is a great example of that…with a little rainbow thrown in for good measure.

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 7.5; Paul 8.0; Ralph: 7.6. 

Flybe Guernsey to Cardiff 2 May

Use of the boom arms here in Cardiff…not to everyone’s liking…

Judges’ comments: Clearly one of the anna.aero judges frowns on the use of the extendable booms when producing an FTWA…and his score reflects that. The Welsh airport could have been a contender this week but for that low mark…and has to settle for fourth position instead…

Jonny: 5.8; Marc: 8.7; Paul 9.0; Ralph: 8.8. 

Onur Air Istanbul Atatürk to Moscow Zhukovsky 2 May

All the elements for a great FTWA are here…so what went wrong?

Judges’ comments: The composition of this FTWA is perfect…the aircraft (could perhaps be a bit closer to the water jets) and its angle shows off the inaugural airline to great effect, both fire trucks are in, wispy clouds in the background…lovely stuff! We just need the arch meeting neatly over the aircraft next time…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 7.2; Paul 7.3; Ralph: 7.3. 

Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham to Comiso, Malta, Naples, Mytilene 2 May

The first of two FTWAs from the 2015 winner and 2016 runner-up…

Judges’ comments: Given its form in this competition…winner 2015, runner-up last year…this FTWA is well below par for the UK airport. Good job it has another route launch this week to celebrate…will it do any better??

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 6.9; Paul 7.0; Ralph: 6.4. 

airBaltic Riga to Geneva 4 May

airBaltic Geneva Riga

So this is where all the rain is…Switzerland…

Judges’ comments: With a record breaking dry winter and month of April, rivers running dry already and farmers having to water their crops, the rain that normally lashes the UK has gone somewhere else…and we seem to have found it in Geneva. Blimey…you can almost not see those water jets with that grey sky!!

Jonny: 5.9; Marc: 5.2; Paul 6.7; Ralph: 5.3.

Flybe London Southend to Budapest 4 May

This FTWA does what was not quite achieved at Zhukovsky…

Judges’ comments: Nice, nice, nice. It was a close run thing between Fuerteventura and Budapest in this week’s Arch of Triumph battle. The Hungarian capital city will have to settle for second spot with a great score of 36.3 (just 0.4 behind the winner), enough to chart in fifth position on the overall leaderboard… 

Jonny: 9.3; Marc: 9.1; Paul 8.8; Ralph: 9.1.

Germania Bremen to Athens 4 May

Does an FTWA on pushback count??

Judges’ comments: 90-95% of all FTWAs we receive on a weekly basis are as the aircraft is arriving at the airport in question. The rest are on departure…some of which are during push back…which some anna.aero judges think may be cheating a little. Let’s hope the tug driver had his windows shut!!

Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 6.8; Paul 7.4; Ralph: 6.2.

Air China Shanghai Pudong to Barcelona 5 May

Terminal interior shot of this FTWA lets the picture down…

Judges’ comments: To the untrained eye, the casual onlooker may well have not believed that this picture was taken inside Barcelona’s terminal building. However, the highly-skilled ocular talents of the four anna.aero judges were able to spot that one straight away…and the fact that we were sent the original image…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 7.0; Paul 7.2; Ralph: 7.0.

American Airlines Chicago O’Hare to Barcelona 5 May

Timing is everything when it comes to FTWAs…

Judges’ comments: Approximately 2.8 seconds later, when the water jets had got up to full power, this FTWA was brilliant. Unfortunately the firefighters on this job were 2.8 seconds too late to deliver an Arch of Triumph masterpiece that Gaudi (famous artist and architect from Barcelona) himself would have been proud of…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 6.4; Paul 6.8; Ralph: 5.5.

American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth to Amsterdam 5 May 

Amercian Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth Amsterdam

Yee-hah!!…it’s a new route from Texas…

Judges’ comments: In homage to the Texan cities of Dallas and Forth Worth, the firefighters at Amsterdam have tried to emulate a Stetson shape (cowboy hat) with their FTWA. We think that they should stick to the Dutch cap…you know the one…the traditional Dutch ladies hat…the one with the wings… 

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 6.9; Paul 6.7; Ralph: 7.4.

IndiGo Delhi to Doha 5 May

Scorchio…it looks hot in Doha…

Judges’ comments: anna.aero’s head FTWA judge and Editor will be travelling via Doha next month en-route to the 140th IATA Slot Conference in Kuala Lumpur. It will be his first time travelling on a 787 (any variant) on the Birmingham-Doha leg, and also his first flight on an A340-600 on the Doha-KL leg. It will also be his first time transiting the ‘new’ Doha airport…sad git!

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: ; Paul 7.5; Ralph: 7.6

bmi regional Birmingham to Gothenburg and Nuremberg 8 May

Second FTWA from Brum is better…

Judges’ comments: Scoring 7.2 more points than its first effort this week, Birmingham did significantly better with this final entry. However, its result of 34.3 was only good enough for third spot this week…or ninth on the 2017 overall leaderboard…

Jonny: 8.2; Marc: 8.8; Paul 8.7; Ralph: 8.6.


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