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Find out whether this week’s Chinese challenger can break into top 10 Fire Truck Water Arches

In winning this week, Perth Airport in Australia joins two other winners from down under – Sydney which has won twice, including second spot so far this year, the same overall position it attained last year ‒ and Brisbane which won back in Week 25 this year for its FTWA marking the start of Qantas’ service to Tokyo Narita. Perth did also enter the 2014 competition, coming second in week 26 in July for its FTWA heralding the arrival of Etihad Airways to the airport. It also becomes Australasia’s third win of 2015, lifting it from bottom spot to joint bottom spot in the inter regional competition, as it shares this position with South America now – both having mustered three wins each in 2015. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
5 Oct VLM Airlines Antwerp to Birmingham Birmingham (BHX) 37.9
17 Oct Indonesia AirAsia X Denpasar to Sydney Sydney (SYD) 37.6
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
19 Nov Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur to Perth Perth (PER) 35.5

Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur to Perth 19 November

Mother Nature denies Perth a better score…

Mother Nature denies Perth a better score…

Judge’s Comments:  While the arch shape looks great for the FTWA in Perth, the wind on the day has clearly caused issues, creating too much spray. The result is still a winning arch, but if Mother Nature hadn’t stuck her nose in, this FTWA could well have placed further up the top 10 – rather than the 10th spot it attained. What it has done is push 2015 competition leader Birmingham Airport’s second-best FTWA into 11th place…

Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 8.9; Paul: 8.5; Ralph: 9.1.

 JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia 19 November

If only the sky weren't as grey…makes it so hard to see this FTWA…

If only the sky weren’t as grey…makes it so hard to see this FTWA…

Judge’s Comments: If there was ever an occasion for coloured water jets it’s on a grey day like this one in Philadelphia. As it was for a JetBlue Airways launch the decision on water jet colour is easy…certainly a lot easier than the decision on what colour to repaint my hall, stairs and landing…we have little squares of paint everywhere…and don’t even get me started on the curtains…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 8.1; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 9.3.

JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale to Providenciales 19 November

Even the best FTWA can be let down by poor photographer timing…

Even the best FTWA can be let down by poor photographer timing…

Judge’s Comments: The JetBlue Airways aircraft clearly arrived early, as it seems to have gone through the arch about 50 metres back ‒ or is it just bad timing from the photographer? The resulting image is capturing the water curtain rather than the water arch…the clue in what the anna.aero judges are looking for is in the title of the competition itself…

Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 4.6; Paul: 5.6; Ralph: 3.7.

TACV Cabo Verde Airlines Ilho de Sol to Natal 20 November

Getting two water jets to do what you want is hard…but four…

Getting two water jets to do what you want is hard…but four…

Judge’s Comments: Ever tried herding two cats. It’s hard. Four is practically impossible. And doing it at night is worse. FTWAs with four water jets at night is in the same bracket as herding four cats. Nuff said…

Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 6.2.

Garuda Indonesia Denpasar to Guangzhou 22 November

I hope there is a mark on the apron for a 737-800…or the photographer might get squished…

I hope there is a mark on the apron for a 737-800…or the photographer might get squished…

Judge’s Comments: The last time we had an FTWA from Guangzhou was way back in week 4 of the first annual competition in 2013. That time it finished fourth out of eleven entries with a score of 28.4, this time it placed third out of five competing airports, with a score of 26.1. With those sorts of scores it’s not hard to see why the world’s biggest nation is yet to win a weekly title. Back to the drawing board for our firefighters in China…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 6.5; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 5.3.


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