Košice Airport kings parade in all their FTWA glory
The average score so far in 2015 for all 19 (excludes two public vote winners) Arch of Triumph winners is 31.84, which is almost the same as the score now needed to go onto the top 10 leader board (see below). An average score of over 9.2 per anna.aero judge is now needed to topple Košice from the summit of the world’s best FTWA airports. In the 2014 competition, four airports (Brussels, Dubai Al Maktoum, Sydney and eventual winners Munich) all managed to score 36.9 or higher. So there is still plenty of time for the #1 spot to change hands again. On a separate note, I was with Birmingham Airport’s Operations Director Bob Graham earlier this week, who told me how upset his fire station crews were at only holding the Arch of Triumph lead for just one week, and that they were now in intensive training for their next route launch. This is how much this competition means to some airports. Keep Monitoring!!
|5 Jun||Wizz Air Košice to Milan/Bergamo||Košice (KSC)||36.8|
|15 Jun||Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong||Hong Kong (HKG)||36.7|
|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|
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong 15 June
Judge’s Comments: Believe it or not, this is the first time that the Asian mega-hub has sent us an FTWA entry…and what a marker it has laid down. This also isn’t your average FTWA either, as it very nearly swept to the top of the leader board too, instead having to settle for joint second along with Portland Airport, just 0.1 behind last week’s winners Košice. Next time Hong Kong sends in an FTWA…everyone else needs to be afraid…
Jonny: 8.5; Marc: 9.8; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 9.6.
Wizz Air London Luton to Ohrid 10 June
Judge’s Comments: Clearly there were oodles of people at the Macedonian airport looking to get their own FTWA picture for posterity when the Wizz Air aircraft arrived – thankfully the Ops team had forcibly ejected those spectators brandishing selfie sticks – unfortunately what they saw was a very poor version of what is so often a thing of beauty. Not one for Instagram.
Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 4.5; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 5.3.
All Nippon Airways Tokyo Narita to Houston Intercontinental 12 June
Judge’s Comments: Having already won the Arch of Triumph once this year (just four weeks ago), the fire crews at Houston Intercontinental have obviously decided that once is enough and that they want to share the love around the world, as they will not be winning anything with this windswept effort. They best saddle up and mosey out of town then…
Jonny: 6.0; Marc: 5.3; Paul: 7.8; Ralph: 4.4.
TAM Airlines Brasilia to Orlando 12 June
Judge’s Comments: While it looks like the fire crews were getting in a bit of pre-arrival practice and were in a great position, the photographer was clearly late (or told the wrong arrival time or the plane landed really early) and was still stuck on the roof of Orlando Airport’s multi-storey car park when he/she saw the FTWA water flowing. Rapid-fire expletives were then issued forth…and the biggest lens in the kit bag was hastily attached to the camera body…
Jonny: 6.0; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 3.6.
Wizz Air London Luton to Constanta 12 June
Judge’s Comments: Our former Assistant Editor Vlad Cristescu loves the Fonz. He, unlike Henry Winkler’s character, has no luck with the ladies or with getting jukeboxes to work. Evidently, he also has no luck with FTWAs either. As a result, Cristescu will never be allowed on the apron ever again at Constanta, in his native Romania.
Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 5.5; Paul: 9.2; Ralph: 5.5.
Finnair Helsinki to Chicago 13 June
Judge’s Comments: To the untrained eye, this has all the hallmarks of a distinctly average FTWA. However, to anna.aero’s four highly-trained FTWA judges this is a ‘Willis Tower’ Arch of Triumph, known as a ‘Sears Tower’ until 2009, when America’s second tallest building in downtown Chicago also changed its name. The legal battle between the Chicago O’Hare’s ARFF team and the insurance group still rages on who changed the name first…
Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 4.1.
Vueling Barcelona to Trieste 13 June
Judge’s Comments: A little bit of pre-launch flight FTWA training can go a long way. Even do it on the day, just before the aircraft arrives, and test what setting you need given the distance between your tenders in order for the water jets to meet. The result will be glorious and a score in the 30s rather than the 20s.
Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 8.7; Ralph: 4.0.
Air India Delhi to Colombo 15 June
Judge’s Comments: Premature curtailment of a water jet is almost as bad a premature commencement. Like in comedy, timing is everything in producing a great FTWA. Apparently the Chief Fire Officer at Colombo is a very funny guy…so we know he has great timing within him…he just needs to pass that wisdom on to his team.
Jonny: 4.8; Marc: 4.8; Paul: 4.0; Ralph: 3.6.
Hainan Airlines Beijing to San Jose 15 June
Judge’s Comments: No comments from us, but a few words from our friends at SJC. “In consideration of the City of San Jose’s water conservation efforts, the water arch was scheduled in place of the weekly ARFF trucks’ discharge test that typically occurs every Sunday at SJC,” explains Rosemary Barnes, the airport’s Public Information Manager. “In other words, Monday’s water arch took the place of what would have normally been tested over the weekend. Therefore, no additional water was dispensed this week. We have researched but have been advised not to use recycled water in the airport’s multi-million dollar ARFF trucks which are partially funded with FAA grants. This is because the salt in recycled water may corrode the systems.” So SJC wins our special environmental award for the careful consideration given before creating this FTWA.
Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 8.4; Paul: 9.5; Ralph: 8.5.