Brussels brandishes its latest Arch of Triumph certificate
Of the 22 weeks of judged (there were two weeks at the start of the S15 season when the public voted) FTWAs so far recorded in the 2015 Arch of Triumph competition, the average score achieved by the victors has been 31.1. So with a score of 29.2, this week’s winner, Geneva, is some way behind the curve. No surprises then for its 18th spot overall. This time last year, the average winning score was 30.5, so this year’s combatants will be finding it harder to make an impression against the world’s best airport firefighters – which have obviously upped their respective games this time out. After a couple of weeks off the top podium place, Europe has re-asserted itself with this week’s victory. With 10 out of 24 weekly wins, the region has secured 42% of all FTWA certificates up-for-grabs this year. Keep Monitoring!!
|10 Jul||flydubai Dubai to Faisalabad||Faisalabad (LYP)||37.1|
|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|
|16 Jun||Vistara Delhi to Bengaluru||Bengaluru (BLR)||36.3|
|30 Jun||SunExpress Izmir to Brussels||Brussels (BRU)||35.7|
|7 May||American Airlines New York JFK to Birmingham||Birmingham (BHX)||35.3|
|16 Jul||AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to Kaohsiung||Kaohsiung (KHH)||35.0|
|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|
Wizz Air Sofia to Geneva 27 July
Judge’s Comments: While many airports often go with a traditional Swiss-themed ‘Toblerone’ style for a route launch to the land of cuckoo clocks, it is not often that we see the tables turned. Described as ‘very traditional and extremely tasty’, Geneva Airport has gone for the Bulgarian confectionery-themed ‘Amphora’ FTWA here, named after the very popular Bulgarian pralines that have a specific bergamot taste. Yummy…
Jonny: 7.3; Marc: 7.9; Paul: 7.3; Ralph: 6.7.
Xiamen Airlines Xiamen to Amsterdam 26 July
Judge’s Comments: Even though we sent anna.aero’s Assistant Editor (and FTWA judge) to Amsterdam to capture the moment Xiamen Airlines’ first European (and indeed its first long-haul) service arrived, we could do nothing about the weather, which was clearly not going to play ball on this one. Last time we were in Schiphol for a route launch…the start of Garuda Indonesia services from Jakarta…at least the weather was better…
Jonny: 9.9; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 6.1; Ralph: 7.3.
fastjet Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe 27 July
Judge’s Comments: One of these scores is what analysts would call an outlier – a result that is outside of the trend. When the anna.aero judge responsible for this outlier was questioned on his sympathetic score, he said: “I once had a girlfriend from there (Dar es Salaam) ‒ although she was hard work.” Another judge said that he was scoring just for the puddle alone. As a result, this FTWA (if it can be called one), becomes only the third in 2015 to score less than 10 points in total.
Jonny: 0.1; Marc: 0.6; Paul: 4.8; Ralph: 1.7.
Wizz Air Sofia to Geneva 27 July
Judge’s Comments: If there is ever a time to pull out a specialist FTWA, like the ‘Toblerone’ on display here in Sofia, it’s when you need to add a bit of cultural flavour about your city pair airport – in this case, as the aircraft arrives back from Geneva. Clearly a fine depiction of the style, made easier by the fact that the tenders appear to be about one metre from the A320’s wing tips!!
Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 6.6; Ralph: 6.4.