Double celebrations from two Arch of Triumph winners

Paramaribo FTWa

It’s not too often we get FTWAs from Paramaribo in Suriname (this was the first – but probably not the last), let alone winners, so these guys are making the most of picking up last week’s Arch of Triumph award. Seen in the photo is the Crew Commander Sharmanand Baran, who accepted the certificate on behalf of the ARFF Crew from Station Commander Anne-Frederik Stijnberg.

Brisbane FTWA

Strewth that’s a big certificate. Ozzies do most things big…so we should expect nothing less from the ARFF crew at Brisbane. They picked up the weekly award last month for Qantas’ launch of flights to Tokyo Narita.

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!!

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

Flybe Liverpool to Amsterdam 7 September

Flybe Liverpool to Amsterdam

This FTWA is known by Scousers as a Superlambanana…

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

airBaltic Riga to Stockholm Bromma

Bromma blues for airBaltic…

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

Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong to Düsseldorf

What do you mean Psy isn’t from Hong Kong…?

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

Emirates Dubai-to-Orlando

Orlando – the sunniest place in the world this week…

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

Fly Blue Crane Johannesburg to Kimberley

New airline gets an Earwash FTWA in Johannesburg…

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


Is that Angkor Wat or just an FTWA…?

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

Thai AirAsia Bangkok Don Mueang to Bengaluru

Bengaluru…a bit like Liverpool Football Club…living on old victories…

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

Qatar Airways Doha to Abha

Double water jets for Doha debut…

Judge’s Comments: This could have been a genuine contender for the annual title, as double jet FTWAs always do well with the 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

Ryanair Cologne Bonn to Copenhagen

Ryanair’s aircraft was in shock after receiving this FTWA at Cologne Bonn…

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

Sichuan Airlines Yinchuan to Dubai

Show us your hardware please Dubai…

Judge’s Comments: For’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.

New Rosenbauer beast at Hannover Airport

New Rosenbauer beast at Hannover Airport

Check out this new piece of FTWA kit at Hannover ‒ the German airport has just taken delivery of this Rosenbauer Panther 8×8 HRET. The 52-tonne beast ‒ capable of 0-80 km/h in 24 seconds and a top speed of 150km/h ‒ is 13 metres long and carries 12,500 litres of water and 1,500 litres of foam. We can’t wait for the next Arch of Triumph entry from Hannover when the Panther is unleashed! We reckon 4 October for the new SunExpress route from Dalaman.


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