Liverpool loves its latest award – the Arch of Triumph certificate
This week, Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has joined Wizz Air so far in 2015 in having two winning Arch of Triumphs to its name. With an average score of 33 from its two wins, the European ULCC is however trailing Porter, which has notched up a season winning average score of 33.7. While in 2013 only JetBlue Airways achieved this accolade of being a double-winning airline, in 2014 not only did Turkish Airlines and Flybe manage to do the same, but Qatar Airways (with the help of its cargo division) went one better with three wins, along with an impressive average score of 35.2 – which included third and fourth positions overall in last year’s competition. For this week’s winner, Pittsburgh Airport, it’s a case of third time lucky, having tried and failed to win earlier this year in June and August. The North American victory also means that the inter-regional battle stays wide-open, with Europe on 11 wins, Asia with nine and North America on seven. 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|
|21 Sep||Porter Airlines Toronto City to Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh (PIT)||35.5|
|7 May||American Airlines New York JFK to Birmingham||Birmingham (BHX)||35.3|
|10 Sep||SAS Stockholm Arlanda to Hong Kong||Hong Kong (HKG)||35.1|
|16 Jul||AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to Kaohsiung||Kaohsiung (KHH)||35.0|
Porter Airlines Toronto City to Pittsburgh 21 September
Judge’s Comments: For those of you that know the city of Pittsburgh well, you will also know that the city owes its existence to its three rivers…the Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Ohio. It should be of no surprise then that this week’s champion airport has delivered a special ‘Three Rivers’ FTWA (with rainbow motif) as a tribute to the lifeblood trio of torrents that flow through Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas…
Jonny: 9.2; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 9.3; Ralph: 8.5.
Bhutan Airlines Paro to Delhi 15 September
Judge’s Comments: To the untrained eye, this just looks like a pretty good FTWA from Delhi Airport’s firefighters. To the skilled, expert eyes of the anna.aero judges, this is an FTWA of majesty and mystery as befits an inaugural service from Bhutan. What the Indian crew has tried to do here is capture the breath-taking beauty of the mountains surrounding the Taktsang Palphug Monastery ‒ or Tiger’s Nest (see inset) in Paro. All-in-all they have done a good job…and narrowly missed out on this week’s win in the process…
Jonny: 8.2; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 9.2.
PenAir Portland to Crescent City 15 September
Judge’s Comments: “Portland Tower this is PenAir 123, clear of taxiway bravo…arrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhh…I’m soaked…” Let me tell you, you do not want to hear the rest of that conversation between the Saab 340 co-pilot and the air traffic controller…it would make a Hell’s Angel blush…but at least his right ear was clear of wax…
Jonny: 4.4; Marc: 4.2; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 3.1.
PenAir Portland to Crescent City 15 September
Judge’s Comments: After the earwash which was dealt out by the firefighters at Portland, clearly the flight crew on the PenAir Saab radioed ahead to Crescent City and asked for an FTWA well over the aircraft fuselage. At that angle, several satellites were nearly knocked out of orbit however…
Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 4.7; Paul: 5.1; Ralph: 4.4.
Ryanair London Stansted to Castellon 15 September
Judge’s Comments: Five years of waiting comes to end at Castellon, as the airport welcomes its first commercial services from the UK with Ryanair. That’s five years of making sure the baggage belts work, the airport signage is clear…but obviously not five years of practising FTWAs…as evidenced by this classic big boy, little boy…let’s hope it’s not five more years until they have a chance to rectify that…
Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 6.6; Ralph: 6.8.
Air Arabia Sharjah to Faisalabad 18 September
Judge’s Comments: Having blasted onto the world FTWA scene with a table-topping effort for the launch of flydubai’s services in mid-July, Faisalabad has since then struggled to reclaim those former glory days. Its second entry into the Arch of Triumph later that month saw it offer a score of just 14.1 – the lowest score of that week. While this week’s 30.9 would certainly have won in a quiet, average week ‒ no chance this week, with several other airports posting higher scores…
Jonny: 8.1; Marc: 7.7; Paul: 8.5; Ralph: 6.6.
Hainan Airlines Beijing to Prague 23 September
Judge’s Comments: It happens so often on route launches, particularly if a senior airline representative is on the inaugural flight – the last minute launch aircraft change. In this instance the inaugural service was operated by an A330-300 but normally the service will be operated by Hainan’s 767s…which is of course the aircraft type that the airport’s fire service had been practising for…and as the 12-metre difference in wingspan between the two aircraft types is pretty significant… hence there is a gap in the FTWA…
Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 8.1; Paul: 9.0; Ralph: 7.5.
Lufthansa Frankfurt to Tampa 24 September
Judge’s Comments: In the age of social media being believed more than actual facts, how long will it be before someone posts an innocent FTWA – like this one in Tampa ‒ to Twitter or YouTube saying “Oh my god…we nearly died…our plane was on fire after we landed…” and this being picked up by the media. We sincerely hope it never happens…but there is a sense of inevitability with that one…
Jonny: 3.1; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 7.9; Ralph: 4.5.
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai Pudong to Nagoya 25 September
Judge’s Comments: Boy, the firefighters at Nagoya really put in the overtime to create this FTWA for the arrival of Juneyao Airlines flight from Shanghai this week. I mean the whole apron is damp from the water they used and their perspiration…sorry, what…maybe it was raining…nah…
Jonny: 8.4; Marc: 8.3; Paul: 8.5; Ralph: 8.4.
Chalair Lyon to Luxembourg 28 September
Judge’s Comments: Having consulted the anna.aero judges we think that the Chalair 19-seat Beech 1900 is the smallest aircraft that has received an FTWA so far. We did have this one with a 19-seat Jetstream 31 last year, but as you can see, they only used water pistols on that one, in fear of braking the elastic bands that power the aircraft’s engines…so well done to Luxembourg…
Jonny: 6.6; Marc: 7.1; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 8.7.