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!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
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

Qantas Brisbane to Tokyo Narita

Whether you like your FTWAs up front…or down the back end…Brisbane firefighter’s have got it covered…

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 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

South African Airways Accra to Washington Dulles

I though you said it was going to be a 737-600…

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

Qatar Airways Doha to Multan

Is that picture taken with soft focus…or is it a fine mist…?

Judge’s Comments: This is a nice FTWA, but as the 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.


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