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Portland proudly parades its ‘Arch of Triumph’ win

Portland FTWA

Winning smiles. Portland Airport’s Aircraft Fire and Rescue C Shift, which was the shift on duty providing the water arch for the Icelandair inaugural arrival are clearly happy with their ‘Arch of Triumph’ certificate, but also with the fact that the airport now tops the 2015 leaderboard.

Despite the fact that anna.aero’s four esteemed judges are flung around the globe this week (one in London (new boy in the office), two in Kerry, Ireland (at CONNECT) and one in Seattle (at JumpStart)), we were determined to still bring our dedicated FTWA readers this week’s ‘Arch of Triumph’ contenders – because we know how much this competition means to the world’s airport fire fighters! Asia got itself back in the inter-regional battle this week, courtesy of Tokyo Narita’s first win of 2015. With three wins (or 18% of the total competition weeks so far this year), Asia is now just two victories behind North America, but still four behind Europe. However, with around 25 competition weeks left in 2015, there is still plenty of time for any continent to win. Keep monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
19 May Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Portland Portland (PDX) 36.7
7 May American Airlines New York JFK to Birmingham Birmingham (BHX) 35.3
1 Jun Jetstar Japan Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong Tokyo Narita (NRT) 35.0
05 Feb Transaero Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 34.9
18 Apr airBaltic Riga to Aalborg Aalborg (AAL) 32.9
1 May Air China Beijing to Budapest Budapest (BUD) 32.6
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
14 May Interjet Mexico City to Houston Intercontinental Houston Intercontinental (IAH) 30.9

Jetstar Japan Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong 1 June

Jetstar Japan Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong

Ohhhh…that is nice…very nice Narita…

Judge’s Comments: As the world’s biggest city, with over 37 million inhabitants, Tokyo clearly has a great pool of potential firefighters to draw from. The dozen or so guys (and gals) that produced this little beauty are clearly the crème de la crème available from the huge metropolis. The result is Japanese airport’s first win of 2015 (it won twice in 2014), and third spot on the leader board. Sakes all round…

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

British Airways London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur 27 May

British Airways London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur

BA back in KL again…and with soggy, flag-waving pilots…

Judge’s Comments: This is a first-time outing for Malaysia’s biggest airport in this competition, and it’s not a bad effort by any means, with an average score of 8.2 from anna.aero’s four judges. Many lesser airports have buckled under the pressure of their first entry into this global competition, but not here in KL.

Jonny: 8.5; Marc: 8.7; Paul: 7.9; Ralph: 7.7.

JetBlue Airways New York JFK to Reno 28 May

JetBlue Airways New York JFK to Reno

We love the ‘mood’ of this FTWA…aided by the dramatic sky…

Judge’s Comments: This style of FTWA is known locally as ‘Lake Tahoe’, which is around an hour away from the airport. Whether the airport’s firefighters used quite as much water as the 39 trillion gallons contained in the lake, which sits on the border between Nevada and California, is unclear.

Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 8.8; Paul: 8.1; Ralph: 8.2.

SilkAir Singapore to Cairns 30 May

SilkAir Singapore to Cairns

Cairns’ curtain was not made of silk…but of water…

Judge’s Comments: Apparently there was another fire tender in attendance for SilkAir’s arrival from Singapore, however it was shrouded by the water curtain which was drawn over the arriving 737-800. As a result, scores were severely limited for our Antipodean cousins from North Queensland.

Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 4.5; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 5.6.

Volotea Asturias to Menorca 31 May

Volotea Asturias to Menorca

Not many 717s see FTWAs these days…

Judge’s Comments: Given the limited number of 717s that were built, the aircraft type does not see many outings in this competition. Volotea has 18 of the type (according to Planespotters.net), and regularly starts new routes – its starting eight just this week – so at least it is pulling its weight. So come on Delta Air Lines and Qantas…start some more new routes with your 717s and then we will see more of this aircraft type on these hallowed pages…

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 7.8 ; Ralph: 7.6.

Adria Airways Maribor to London Southend 1 June

Adria Airways Maribor to London Southend

Former winner London Southend could do better…

Judge’s Comments: It was a brilliant route development coup when London Southend secured this seasonal route from Maribor, beating off competition from the 57 other airports that have London in their name. As a weekly Arch of Triumph winner in 2014, the airport must have been really looking forward to blessing the first Adria Airways flight and securing a better spot (it finished 23rd out of 42 winning airports last year) on the leader board in the 2015 competition. However, the unbalanced water jets of this FTWA were the airport’s undoing in this instance…

Jonny: 6.4; Marc: 6.2; Paul: 7.8; Ralph: 7.3.

Aeromexico Mexico City to Boston 1 June

Aeromexico Mexico City to Boston

What’s yellow and good with water in Boston? The Duck tours…and not this FTWA…

Judge’s Comments: When visiting Boston, many tourists undertake a tour of the city in a World War II amphibious landing craft more commonly known as the Boston Duck. Well one thing is for sure, this FTWA from the city’s airport is a bit of a lame duck…

Jonny: 2.5; Marc: 4.5; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 4.6.

Flybe Cardiff to Paris CDG, Dublin and Edinburgh 1 June

Flybe Cardiff to Paris CDG, Dublin and Edinburgh

Flybe Cardiff to Paris CDG, Dublin and Edinburgh

Judge’s Comments: Regular readers of this column will know that there is a sweet spot for the fire tender water jet angles when it comes to producing a good FTWA. That spot sits in a range from 37-42 degrees. At 32 and 47 degrees, the fire fighters at Cardiff just got their geometry wrong on this one. The fact that Flybe is starting 12 routes from the Welsh capital airport this summer will no doubt soften the blow…

Jonny: 4.8; Marc: 4.8; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 3.5.

Norwegian Barcelona to Billund 1 June

Norwegian Barcelona to Billund

Is that an aebleskiver I see before me…

Judge’s Comments: Most nations have their own version of the humble pancake, and the Danish are no exception. The aebleskiver, is described by one chef as a ‘delightfully fluffy ball of breakfast love’. However the fire fighters at Billund seem to have gone more with the French version of the sweet treat, when they produced this FTWA.

Jonny: 5.0; Marc: 6.2; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 4.8.

Solomon Airlines Honiara to Sydney 1 June

Solomon Airlines Honiara to Sydney

Thanks to Seth Jaworski, from Australian Aviation Magazine for this image and for organising the rainbow….

Judge’s Comments: Clearly the crane in the background of this shot influenced the angle of the right-hand water jet. The water jet on the left however, has solved one of the mysteries that still baffles all children (and some adults) – ‘what is at the end of the rainbow?’ Answer – a Sydney Airport fire tender.

Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 6.2; Paul: 5.4; Ralph: 5.1.


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