Two recent winners pose for posterity – Athens and Aalborg; Europe wins again this week
So far this year we have had 10 weeks of competition in the 2015 ‘Arch of Triumph’ which have been judged by the expert anna.aero judges (there has also been two weeks of public votes). The average winning score so far this year has been 29.7, so this week’s winner, Berlin Tegel with 32.1, is solidly above that mean score. Both of these results are also well above the average achieved in the first 10 weeks of competition in 2014, when the mean winning score was just 24.7 – so the standards in global FTWAs are clearly still rising. Last year, Berlin Tegel’s FTWA would have seen it take second spot in Week 10 of the 2014 battle, whereas this year it has had to settle for third. By the end of the year, the score of 32.1 would have only been worthy of 20th place overall. Just goes to show you how tough winning this prestigious trophy is. Keep Monitoring!!
|05 Feb||Transaero Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Delhi||Delhi (DEL)||34.9|
|18 Apr||airBaltic Riga to Aalborg||Aalborg (AAL)||32.9|
|24 Apr||Adria Airways Ljubljana to Berlin Tegel||Berlin Tegel (TXL)||32.1|
|14 Feb||Porter Airlines Toronto City to Charleston||Charleston (CHS)||31.9|
|2 Mar||Aeromexico Mexico City to Medellin||Medellin (MDE)||31.2|
|16 Dec||Air Moldova Chisinau to Turin||Turin (TRN)||30.7|
|19 Mar||Silver Airways Charleston to Tampa||Charleston (CHS)||29.1|
|12 Jan||SeaPort Airlines Muscle Shoals to Nashville||Muscle Shoals (MSL)||28.8|
|14 Jan||InselAir Aruba Aruba to Manaus||Manaus (MAO)||25.6|
|02 Feb||Jetstar Pacific Airways Ban Me Thuot to Haiphong||Ban Me Thuot (BMV)||20.0|
Adria Airways Ljubljana to Berlin Tegel 24 April
Judge’s Comments: Despite the stiff breeze gusting from the direction of Berlin Tegel’s terminal, the airport’s firefighters dealt with nature’s challenges nobly. But for the wind, a picture taken slightly too early, and the right-hand tender being half a degree too low with its water jet…this would have scored more.
Marc: 8.1; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 8.8; Vlad: 8.3.
Adria Airways Ljubljana to Stockholm Arlanda 23 April
Judge’s Comments: Matching an FTWA with the snow-capped peaks in the background of the shot is a worthy effort from the firefighters at Ljubljana. The airport has never entered the competition before now…and its first FTWA is good start. Hopefully this is just a preliminary marker…with improvements to be anticipated in the future.
Marc: 6.6; Paul: 9.8; Ralph: 7.5; Vlad: 7.4.
VLM Airlines Antwerp to Southampton 23 April
Judge’s Comments: One of the UK’s most-loved aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire, was designed and developed in Southampton. This FTWA, is evocative of the WWII fighter’s sleek lines, and is known locally as the ‘Spitfire Curve’, but its delivery is rarely practised outside of the south of England…and is therefore only recognised by the trained eyes of the anna.aero judges.
Marc: 7.8; Paul: 6.7; Ralph: 8.5; Vlad: 7.9.
Transcarga Caracas to Miami 23 April
Judge’s Comments: Miami Airport certainly caters for the ‘exotic’ carriers of Central and South America, be they passenger or cargo airlines – no exception here with Venezuela’s Transcarga (who?). Cargo carriers did well in 2014’s ‘Arch of Triumph’ competition, with Qatar Airways Cargo picking up the #3 and #4 positions with FTWAs at Dubai Al Maktoum and Brussels respectively. This FTWA is unlikely to reach those heights…but it’s still nice to see.
Marc: 5.9; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 6.7; Vlad: 5.9.
AlbaStar Milan/Bergamo to Lourdes Tarbes 24 April
Judge’s Comments: The pilgrimage towards ‘Arch of Triumph’ victory was begun at Milan/Bergamo this week, welcoming the AlbaStar service to Tarbes Lourdes. Whether this was the 18th time this vision of FTWA majesty has been witnessed in northern Italy or whether the flight number was 1858 is unclear. To be a winner this week, it may well need divine intervention…
Marc: 7.4; Paul: 7.9; Ralph: 8.2; Vlad: 7.2.
La Compagnie London Luton to New York Newark 24 April
Judge’s Comments: It was all-business for this FTWA at Luton this week, as the airport welcomed the return of premium-only services to New York (Newark and not JFK) after a near seven-year gap. The water jets will no doubt have been in homage to the numerous bottles of champagne that will have been popped during the 5,500-kilometre inaugural flight.
Marc: 7.4; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 7.7; Vlad: 7.0.
Hainan Airlines Chongqing to Rome Fiumicino 27 April
Judge’s Comments: Normally we would brand this type of FTWA as a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’, as the arch has a gap that can only be bridged by a death-defying leap from the General Lee, but in this instance we have of course renamed it the ‘Roman Aqueduct’, after the pioneering engineering technique perfected over 2,000 years ago. Let’s hope it’s not another 2,000 years before the Roman airport firefighters perfect their FTWAs…
Marc: 4.8; Paul: 5.9; Ralph: 5.4; Vlad: 4.0.
VLM Airlines Waterford to Birmingham 27 April
Judge’s Comments: Great branding presence for Birmingham Airport in this FTWA, however the lack of a pair of tenders and the fact we can’t fully appreciate the shape of the arch has let this effort down. Definitely not bostin’ in Brum…
Marc: 7.7; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 8.0; Vlad: 6.1.