Double celebrations from two Arch of Triumph winners
With no win since the end of July, Europe has re-asserted itself on the inter-regional competition this week. Now with 11 wins from a possible 29, the region has 38% of all victories, 10% ahead of its closest rival Asia, with eight wins so far in the 2015 competition. With only four FTWAs from Sweden (one), Germany (two) and the UK (one), Europe no longer dominates the weekly entries as it once did. This week there were also arches from Asia (two), Middle East (two), North America (one) and Africa (one), showing the diverse nature of this truly global competition. The weather didn’t help our intrepid airport marketing departments this week, as there seemed to be a shroud of grey cloud over four-fifths of the globe, if you use the images below as a guide on the world’s prevailing meteorological conditions over the last seven days. 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|
Flybe Liverpool to Amsterdam 7 September
Judge’s Comments: Yes a Superlambanana FTWA. Google it if you’re still not sure. For those of you too lazy to do that, the Superlambanana is a bright yellow sculpture located in Liverpool ‒ weighing almost eight tonnes and standing over five metres tall. It is intended to be a cross between a banana and a lamb – of course, now it makes perfect sense. Would have scored higher if the water used was yellow…
Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 8.4; Paul: 7.1; Ralph: 7.3.
airBaltic Riga to Stockholm Bromma 1 September
Judge’s Comments: This is only the second entry we have received from the Swedish capital city’s downtown airport. The first time, in October last year for the launch of services from Estonian Air from Tallinn, it won with a score of 33 against six other airports. This meant the airport finished 18th overall in the 2014 competition. Almost a year on, with nine competing airports, Bromma delivered an arch scoring just 27.2 and as a result has had to settle for third spot…
Jonny: 6.0; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 7.2; Ralph: 7.2.
Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong to Düsseldorf 1 September
Judge’s Comments: Someone obviously told the ARFF commander at Düsseldorf (clearly a classical music fan too) that our famous Gangnam Style FTWA was the order of the day for the route launch from Hong Kong. Hold on guys – he’s from South Korea. The clue is in the title of the song…Gangnam is one of the 25 districts which make up the city of Seoul. So more Opps Gangnam Style…rather than Oppa Gangnam Style…
Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 6.4; Paul: 6.3; Ralph: 5.6.
Emirates Dubai to Orlando 1 September
Judge’s Comments: While the rest of the world seemed to be languishing under the same massive grey cloud covering four-fifths of the globe, the sun was out in Florida – I’m sure their marketing people will tell you the sun shines every day in the Sunshine State. However, the size of the A380 on the Emirates inaugural clearly caught them out – regular flights will be operated by its smaller 777-200LRs – given the cavernous gap in this FTWA…
Jonny: 3.7; Marc: 3.8; Paul: 4.4; Ralph: 3.3.
Fly Blue Crane Johannesburg to Kimberley 1 September
Judge’s Comments: While the tender in the foreground is just about going to clear the ERJ 145’s tailfin with its water jet…the one which we can’t see is clearly intent on giving the co-pilot an Earwash (one of the globally-recognised FTWA styles). Either that or the newly-established Fly Blue Crane requested a spruce up of the aircraft…as it was going to be photographed lots of times this week…
Jonny: 4.2; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 7.3; Ralph: 4.7.
HK Express Hong Kong to Siem Reap 1 September
Judge’s Comments: For those of you that don’t know, Siem Reap is the gateway airport to the world famous temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Clearly there is an attempt here to recreate what is widely considered to be the eighth Wonder of the World on the apron. A great effort…and our first ever FTWA from Cambodia…
Jonny: 7.0; Marc: 6.7; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 6.1.
Thai AirAsia Bangkok Don Mueang to Bengaluru 1 September
Judge’s Comments: Liverpool Football Club fans tend to harp on about their glory days of the 70s and 80s when they dominated English, and to some extent European football. However, having not won the top domestic football league in England since the 1989-90 season, their stories are beginning to wear a bit thin. The same could be said in Bengaluru, which has done very well in the past with these very high FTWAs…but it may be time for a change from arches from old glories…
Jonny: 7.6; Marc: 7.0; Paul: 7.8; Ralph: 7.5.
Qatar Airways Doha to Abha 2 September
Judge’s Comments: This could have been a genuine contender for the annual title, as double jet FTWAs always do well with the anna.aero judges, however it seems that the wind has caught out the firefighters in Abha. Arch drift has been the undoing of many a fine FTWA the world over…
Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 6.3; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 5.9.
Ryanair Cologne Bonn to Copenhagen 2 September
Judge’s Comments: Having screwed every penny (or cent) from airport marketing departments across Europe, there is normally very little money (or perhaps goodwill) left for any further marketing extravagances for Ryanair route launches. However, FTWAs are a low-cost way of promoting a new route…which will probably go down well in the corridors of certain airline office blocks in Dublin…
Jonny: 6.9; Marc: 6.5; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 5.7.
Sichuan Airlines Yinchuan to Dubai 4 September
Judge’s Comments: For anna.aero’s four esteemed judges, FTWAs are as much about the tenders as they are about the water. So we love to see the engines in action…something which this shot at Dubai fails to deliver on…
Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 6.3; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 6.9.