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Tenerife Norte wins anna.aero “Arch of Triumph” as Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central makes prize presentation

After several efforts from Aena airports in the Canaries, Tenerife Norte finally snatched this week’s Arch of Triumph prize for the best Fire Truck Water Arch (FTWA) knocking Clark Airport in the Philippines off the top spot for the overall “anna.aero Arch of Triumph Champion 2013” (see table below). A special guide of how to play appears at the bottom of this article. Meanwhile a record 15 airports submitted entries this week. Keep monitoring!

Khalid Al Muhairi, Chief Fire Officer and Dubai Airports Fire & Rescue team pose for a photo to celebrate their Arch of Triumph win.

Winning!!!! Congratulations to Khalid Al Muhairi, Chief Fire Officer and Dubai Airports Fire & Rescue team for last week’s winning anna.aero Arch of Triumph. The arch celebrated the first-ever passenger route (Wizz Air) to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central(DWC). The airport also confirms that this anna.aero prize is its first-ever award!!!!

Route FTWA Airport Date Score
Royal Air Maroc – Casablanca to Tenerife Tenerife Norte (TFN) 29-Oct 36.2
Emirates – Dubai to Clark Clark (CRK) 01-Oct 32.9
American Airlines – Los Angeles to Port Columbus Port Columbus (CMH) 27-Aug 30.8
flydubai – Dubai to Volgograd Volgograd (VOG) 17-Sep 30.5
Wizz Air – Budapest to Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum (DWC) 27-Oct 29.0
eurolot – Rzeszów to Paris Beauvais Rzeszów (RZE) 03-Sep 26.2
Air Costa – Bengaluru to Jaipur Bengaluru (BLR) 15-Oct 20.7
Peach – Osaka Kansai to Busan Busan (PUS) 13-Sep 17.4

Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Tenerife Norte 29 October

Water cannon salute for Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Tenerife Norte 29 October

Play it again: A perfect “Ingrid Bergman” arch is laid on for the arrival from “Casablanca.” Total score: 36.2

Marc: 9.1 What a cracker to start off with! I am going to be ultra-picky and say that the fact that the left-hand side tender is not visible is a minor negative (the photographer’s fault, not the firecrew) and I would have like to seen a smidge more of angle to the arch — making it dangerously close to ‘pancaking’ to use the accepted industry phrase — does not detract from an FTWA that has got my best score of 2013 so far!!

Paul: 9.5 In contrast to the other arch this week from Fuerteventura, this is not a “Canary”, but nor is it a “leaping dolphin” (although to an amateur it may resemble one). It is in fact an “Ingrid Bergman” – named for the star of the 1942 classic movie “Casablanca” because of the close resemblance of the arch’s curves to her perfectly groomed eyebrows – a gesture which will no doubt have been warmly appreciated by the Royal Air Maroc crew.

Ralph: 8.9 Almost perfect. Shame about the “missing” left-hand fire truck, but the red hatchings on the apron add a nice visual effect.

Magda: 8.7 This is so close to perfection! Deducting points for the absence of the second truck from the picture and the thick clouds.

Brussels Airlines Brussels to Alicante 26 October

Water cannon salute for Brussels Airlines' Brussels to Alicante 26 October

Alicante welcomes Brussels: The sea-spray style exhibited here is called a “Costa Blanca”. Total Score 22.7

Marc: 5.4 The sun’s position or the photographer’s is all wrong here, unless of course they have black tenders at Alicante?

Paul: 7.0 This week sees many entries from Aena, Spain’s mighty airport operator. The sea-spray style exhibited here is called a “Costa Blanca.” It’s very refreshing.

Ralph: 5.6 Its definitely an A319, but as to which airline, its hard to tell. We want to see branding!

Magda: 4.7 A nice effort by the Spanish firefighters, although a bit too misty for my liking.

AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide 30 October

Water cannon salute for AirAsia X's Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide 4 November

This entry from Rodd Sciortino,‎Manager National Operations, ARFF at Airservices Australia, came with the following comments: “no visible Tobleroning, no Gangnam style, no ear-washing, no big boy, little boy, no Kieving – just a perfect leaping dolphin. I expect a very high score!” Total score: 36.1

Marc: 8.7 There is a little bit too much water curtaining for me on this is, which is all a matter of timing, but an excellent effort from the ARFF team down under.

Paul: 10 I am too scared to give Rodd and his ARFF mates less than a perfect score in case he puts me in hospital for a very long time.

Ralph: 8.6 I like to see the tenders up nice and close, even when its an A330. But that is all I can find wrong with this brilliant FTWA.

Magda: 8.8 A near-perfect “leaping dolphin” from Airservices Australia. Loving the precision!

Allegiant Air Fort Wayne to Phoenix-Mesa 30 October

Water cannon salute for Allegiant Air Fort Wayne to Phoenix-Mesa 30 October

Er, spot the Allegiant aircraft…is that the rear of a 737 in the mist?? Total score: 12.3

Marc: 3.6 All a bit rushed this one, from the picture to meagre FTWA from the fire crews, resulting in a ‘Big boy, Little boy’. In this game, you get what you put in…back to the fire training ground I’m afraid.

Paul: 4.9 They’re gone!! We know that Alliegiant loves to buy old planes (ex-SAS MD80s and now easyJet A319s) but the aircraft disappearing here looks like a 737-something. So who are the Fort Wayne firefighters squirting? This arch isn’t going to win this week.

Ralph: 2.6 Taken from inside the terminal judging by the strange reflections. I’m afraid this is going to get a poor score for a whole variety of FTWA misdemeanours..

Magda: 1.2 Not easy to judge this, but it seems that – apart from choosing a rather poor angle – the photographer was also some 15 seconds late. Deducting points for excessive separation between the fire trucks, too.

Norwegian’s London Gatwick to Fuerteventura 30 October

Water cannon salute for Norwegian’s London Gatwick to Fuerteventura 30 October

Another “Canary” from another of the Canaries for another ex-Gatwick Norwegian launch. Total score: 16.4

Marc: 4.2 Archways are built on precise angles, but this one isn’t. One jet at 52 degrees and one at 33 has resulted in this haphazard FTWA. I have scored the firecrews at Fuerteventura 0.1 extra from last week’s score just for their pure endeavour in getting out there again.

Paul: 6.5 The similarities between this fire truck water arch and that of Norwegian’s London Gatwick to Tenerife Sur on 5 September are uncanny. That’s because, once again, the fire crew (on the right) are executing a “Canary” by carving out the unmistakeable form of a small ‘serinus canarias’ the native song bird of these Atlantic islands. My comment is almost the same, because the arch is almost the same. Are all the ex-Gatwick Norwegian launches going to get the same FTWA??

Ralph: 4.4 Did they try different arch angles to compensate for the wind? Well it didn’t work. And I know it’s a perspective thing, but it does look a bit like the aircraft is about to run into the ‘follow me’ vehicle.

Magda: 1.3 Oh dear. Wind really seems to be a big issue in Fuerteventura. Arguably, not even one drop of water fell on Norwegian’s plane this time.

Vueling Paris Orly to Gran Canaria 30 October

Water cannon salute for Vueling Paris Orly to Gran Canaria 30 October

Gran Canaria seem to be stuck in the 80s still with their continued love of ‘Dukes of Hazard’ style FTWAs. Total score: 19.0

Marc: 3.7 Different route, different week, but the firecrews at Gran Canaria seem to be stuck in the 80s still with their continued love of ‘Dukes of Hazard’ style FTWAs. Again, like their Aena colleagues at Fuerteventura, I am awarding them am an extra 0.1 for persistence.

Paul: 4.0 It’s a canary. I love them, but I need a varied diet …

Ralph: 5.1 Another ‘Tower Bridge’ effort from the wind-affected Canaries, but it’s a nice (mostly) blue sky.

Magda: 6.2 This is far from perfect. In fact, it’s far from being an arch in the first place. However, winds blowing over Gran Canaria are apparently very strong this year and the airport is hardly to blame. Extra points for that nice mountain at the far end of the airport.

Allegiant Air Austin to Las Vegas 31 October

Water cannon salute for Allegiant Air Austin to Las Vegas 31 October

The Austin jaws close in on Allegiant’s sharklet-enhanced 757. Total score: 16.9

Marc: 2.7 Poor effort, with a collection of mistakes on this FTWA too long to list here, for fear of boring all our readers.

Paul: 6.5 Really groovy view of the Allegiant sharklet 757. Austin is known as a “clean air city” for the city’s tough no-smoking ordinances, but the right hand fire truck is messing all that sky up with too much monitor-fluffery, maybe because he’s parked the Oshkosh on the lawn?

Ralph: 5.4 I like way the photographer has managed the optical trick of blending the left-hand arch into the crane in the background. Slightly worried by the right-hand truck apparently slipping into a ditch. And the pilot looks like he’s a couple of feet off from being exactly on the guideline.

Magda: 2.3 Loving the visibly good weather in this shot, less so the rather unbalanced water arch. One has to appreciate the airport’s attempt at the “Kiev” style though.

Jazeera Airways Kuwait City to Al Maktoum International 31 October

Water cannon salute for Jazeera Airways Kuwait City to Dubai Al Maktoum 31 October

A “Kiev” says welcome to Dubai. Total score: 12.3

Marc: 1.3 After an award-winning performance last week, the firefighters at Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central appear to be trying to extinguish the sun, rather than crafting an FTWA. Someone also needs to explain what we are trying to achieve to the photographer too.

Paul: 6.0 I don’t agree. This is a classic Kiev” (see below for explanation) although it is an unusual greeting for a Kuwaiti airline.

Ralph: 3.5 Looks like a bit of a solo squirt, though the range of the (half)-arch will be useful come the day the Emirates’ A380s operate from the airport.

Magda: 1.5 Too much prize too early is no good and perhaps we should have known better voting the firefighters at Dubai Al Maktoum #1 last week. But hold on, maybe the tower was on fire?!

fastjet Dar es Salaam to Mbeya 1 November

Water cannon salute for Fastjet Dar es Salaam to Mbeya 1 November

Caption: New from Tanzania: The “Kilimanjaro” arch. Total score: 25.5

Marc: 6.2 Loving the use of the vintage kit on this FTWA, to bring in a creditable score for the firecrew guys at Mbeya.

Paul: 8.5 Hooray for fastjet. This cross-over, pointed, fire truck water arch is sometimes confused with “Gangnam-style” but is, in fact, a “Kilimanjaro” arch. It’s very hard to produce with these low-budget SIDES fire trucks (but not as hard as an Ngorongoro inverted arch – a style still yet to be captured on film).

Ralph: 5.5 Too much cross-over here. Interesting that the front of the aircraft appears in sunshine, but the trucks appear in the shade. Was it a low sun or a conveniently positioned cloud?

Magda: 5.3 fastjet’s colour scheme looks rather nice against the burnt out backdrop. The dust obscures the view a bit, but it seems that there is some tobleroning going on in the picture. Extra points for being the only African contestant this week.

Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur to Darwin 1 November

Water cannon salute for Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur to Darwin 1 November

Airservices ARFF make determined effort at the Arch of Triumph 2013 championship. Total score: 25.5

Marc: 6.7 I don’t mind a well-constructed arch in advance of the aircraft’s arrival, but then there is always a risk of creating a water curtain rather than a water arch. That may well have happened with this FTWA, but we will never know, as the photographer was a bit previous with his snapping, losing it valuable points.

Paul: 7.4 A great “leaping Dolphin” from Darwin! A little bit fluffy on the top, but leaving us in no doubt that Airservices ARFF are determined to have a really good attempt at the Arch of Triumph 2013 championship. Almost there, just shave a bit of that spray off the top.

Ralph: 6.3 Ease back on the water pressure guys and this could have been really good. Lose points for lack of colour co-ordination between the two trucks.

Magda: 5.1 This robust water arch by Darwin Airport’s fire fighters must have provided some good spotting opportunities for Malaysian pilots – seems like they had quite a while to enjoy the view before actually passing underneath.

SunExpress Stuttgart to La Palma 1 November

Water cannon salute for SunExpress Stuttgart to La Palma 1 November

Another from a huge bunch of Aena arches from the Canaries this week. Total score: 30.9

Marc: 7.3 This FTWA looks like it was three seconds away from being an 8.5 or over score. But as any airport marketing manager will tell you…three seconds in global FTWA is a long time.

Paul: 7.8 Oh wow real presence here. It’s like they parked it by the landscape on purpose. The best from the huge bunch of arches from the Canaries this week.

Ralph: 6.7 If the right-hand truck had the same pressure as the left one this would be really good.

Magda: 9.1 It might not be a perfect arch with all this water splashing about, but I really like the landscape of La Palma in the background.

TUIfly’s Hamburg to Punta Cana 1 November

Water cannon salute for TUIfly’s Hamburg to Punta Cana 1 November

Hamburg had the Beatles before they were famous and it’s done it again with this arch – but is the world ready for it? Total score: 17.1

Marc: 3.3 The 767-300 is a pretty big aircraft, but clearly firecrew at Hamburg were expecting an An-224, given the tender spread on show here.

Paul: 6.0 Hamburg had the Beatles before they were famous and it’s done it again: The huge intentional gap between the arches here is called an “Elbe” after the mighty river that flows through this great city. Not everyone likes it and it was a risky strategy which has probably cost Hamburg vital points. I’m just not sure the world is ready yet.

Ralph: 4.1 Tender separation far too great here. Hamburg is home to the world’s biggest model railway in the world, which also includes a “working” airport, featuring current jets, historical jets (like Concorde) and even the Space Shuttle. What I don’t remember seeing was an FTWA. Now there’s an idea …

Magda: 3.7 God only knows how long did Hamburg Airport’s fire brigade try to position their hoses in the right direction, but it seems they left the whole place drenched…

Southwest Airlines Orlando to Richmond 3 November

Water cannon salute for Southwest Airlines Orlando to Richmond 3 November

Richmond, Rotterdam, Liverpool or Rome? This could be anywhere. But a great leaping dolphin arch. Total score: 31.2

Marc: 8.2 Some top FTWA-ing from the Richmond firecrew on display here. They lost points for lack of symmetry on the tender arrangement and excessive water curtaining.

Paul: 8.0 It’s a good “leaping dolphin” from the Richmond folks here. Hard to fault apart from the non-alignment of the trucks…but that’s mean. Warren Beatty was born in Richmond in 1937, I mention that to brighten things up a little as the background is a bit bland (“Stockholm Syndrome”).

Ralph: 7.7 Arch is good but the trucks are not at right angles to the aircraft, and one truck looks much closer than the other.

Magda: 7.3 I like it. It evokes the waterfall scenes from Peter Andre’s 1990s clip for “Mysterious Girl”.

Southwest Airlines Tampa to Memphis 3 November

Water cannon salute for Southwest Airlines Tampa to Memphis 3 November

“Whenever skies are grey above, I got a pocketful of rainbows.” Total score: 30.8

Marc: 7.8 Getting dead celebrities involved in FTWAs is something to be championed for sure, however I am not going to let the razzamatazz of the addition of Elvis and rainbows detract me from marking down a non-existent arch (much).

Paul: 8.0 Well the Big E pulled out more than a „Pocket Full of Rainbows” with this rare „Elevated Monitor Arch” – as far as I can see it may have been close to a „Leaping Dolphin” – and although I can’t quite see from this angle, I think it was a good call to go for Elvis and the rainbow. I’ll give Tampa the benefit of the doubt and score high.

Ralph: 5.8 Am I the only one who thinks that rainbow doesn’t look right? Was it photo-shopped on afterwards? And it’s really not much of an arch is it?

Magda: 9.2 Adding nine points for having Elvis there. 0.2 for the rainbow.

Volaris Tijuana to San Luis Potosi 3 November

Water cannon salute for Volaris Tijuana to San Luis Potosi 3 November

Half-Kiev, half Toblerone – imagine eating garlic-enthused chocolate, that’s what we have here. Total score: 8.8

Marc: 1.6 This FTWA reminds me of the lightsabre battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader from Star Wars. We all know what happened to Obi-Wan in that movie, lets hope the same fate did not happen to the firecrew responsible for this FTWA. The force is weak with them.

Paul: 3.0 The fire crew gets three points from me just for turning out. But no more than that. This attempt is a half-Kiev, half-Toblerone – imagine eating garlic-enthused chocolate. That’s what we have here.

Ralph: 2.8 I’m going to christen this “the stapler”, because that’s what it reminds me of. Unfortunately, it’s nothing like an arch.

Magda: 1.4 Dear lord. Whatever is going on here, it’s surely not an arch. More of a full-on battle between the two fire trucks.


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