South-west Pacific wins its first Arch of Triumph in 2015
No change again this week at the summit of the 2015 Arch of Triumph leader board, with this week’s winner Brisbane (placing 16th out of 25 winners so far) failing to make an impression on the top 10. The region – South-west Pacific (as defined by OAG Schedules Analyser data) – has previously only notched up two winners in three years of competition. Although the Queensland capital city airport managed to beat (with 31.1) the score of Christchurch (29.2), which won in December 2014, it didn’t surpass the result achieved by Sydney in September last year, which with 37.6, was the #2 airport overall in 2014. What Brisbane’s win does mean is that the inter-regional battle for supremacy has become a five-way race, but with 10 wins so far in 2015, South-west Pacific has probably left it too late to catch league leaders Europe. 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|
Qantas Brisbane to Tokyo Narita 1 August
Judge’s Comments: Rather uniquely we received two FTWAs from the marketing powers that be at Brisbane – one of the front end of the aircraft and one of the rear of the A330. Our anna.aero judges normally prefer the simple purity of a front-end shot (which is the one we used for scoring purposes), but when you have a tailfin as famous as Qantas’ kangaroo, it’s hard not to want to get an arch above that icon of the skies too. Either end…it’s still this week’s winner…
Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 7.6; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 7.5.
South African Airways Accra to Washington Dulles 1 August
Judge’s Comments: Clearly the A340-600 used by South African Airways, with a wingspan of 63.45m, caught out the Washington Dulles firefighters…who were maybe expecting a 737-600 instead, which has a 34.31m wingspan. This is quite evident as there is a rather large gap in the middle of this arch…starting at engine two and finishing the other side of the cabin on engine three…
Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 5.1; Ralph: 4.2.
Qatar Airways Doha to Multan 2 August
Judge’s Comments: This is a nice FTWA, but as the anna.aero judges were unsure as to whether there was some sort of soft focus on the image (just like how we all picture our better halves in our mind while daydreaming) or whether it was a fine mist from the arch threw us into a state of confusion. Or maybe it was because we were thinking of our other halves while we should have been concentrating on FTWA judging…who knows…
Jonny: 6.0; Marc: 8.1; Paul: 8.2; Ralph: 7.1.