Discover who wins week 29 of the 2015 Arch of Triumph competition

This week, was sent four entries for the 2015 FTWA competition, which is currently topped by Pakistan’s Faisalabad Airport. However, none have reached the high target of 37.1 (out of 40) laid down by the 2015 leader. Nonetheless, with plenty of new route launches planned for the upcoming winter season, this high score can still be easily achieved. This week the four entries that received are from four completely different corners of the world, with Asia, Europe, North America and South America all entering one FTWA each. What it shows though is that each region of the world is still fighting it out for the number one FTWA. Unfortunately, none of the entries that have been received this week make it into the top 10 leader board. But with several weeks of competition still to be played in 2015, keep monitoring to see how the top 10 changes in the months ahead.

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

GOL Belem to Paramaribo 25 August

GOL Belem to Paramaribo

An FTWA so good…it’s smokin…..

This is a nice FTWA, and apparently it’s that good it looks to have produced some smoke of its own on the left hand side. Nonetheless this attempt from Paramaribo in Suriname, the first ever entry from the airport, has achieved victory in week 29 of the 2015 FTWA race. Unfortunately a score of 27.5 means it is not good enough to enter the 2015 top 10 leader board. 

Jonny: 7.0; Marc: 7.1; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 7.2.

SUN-AIR Aalborg to Stavanger 27 August

SUN-AIR Aalborg to Stavanger

“This is not the time to play ‘Where’s Wally’….SUN-AIR is arriving…”

Judge’s Comments: Inspired by the game ‘Where’s Wally’ (or Waldo for some parts of the world), we can just about spot the right-hand fire truck poking from behind Stavanger Airport’s airfield sheds. Although it is rare to see a Dornier 328 Jet experience an FTWA, unfortunately this attempt from the Norwegian airport is only good enough to achieve third in this week’s competition, achieving a score of 24.3.

Jonny: 5.9; Marc: 6.4; Paul: 5.9; Ralph: 6.1.

Elite Airways Chicago Rockford to Fort Collins 27 August

Elite Airways Chicago Rockford to Fort Collins

Nothing ‘elite’ about this effort. Two different coloured trucks, two different strengths of water. Nice dance move from the apron controller though!

Judge’s Comments: This FTWA received some very mixed views from the very qualified judges, with one even saying “two different coloured trucks, two different strengths of water = not an arch”. So unfortunately with a mixed bag of scores, this attempt from Fort Collins does not score well. With the flight coming from the windy city, the airport can at least blame the forces of geography for following the flight for this attempt not being up to the standards of its competitors.

Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 6.9; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 4.3.

Peach Aviation Tokyo Narita to Miyazaki 28 August 2015

Peach Aviation Tokyo Narita to Miyazaki

A ‘peach’ of an effort, and only 0.1 in it…

Judge’s Comments: Never has an FTWA competition been so close. With only 0.1 in the overall score, Miyazaki was so close to nabbing yet another victory for the Asian region. However Paramaribo has just pipped this very impressive night FTWA to win this week’s competition. If only the right hand side fire truck was in view. It could have been a completely different story.

Jonny: 5.2; Marc: 8.1; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 6.6.


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