Birmingham Airport’s 2015 Arch of Triumph win is bostin’
Nearly 320 FTWAs were entered into last year’s Arch of Triumph competition from 212 different airports from across the world, heralding the arrival of 154 different global airlines. This represented a 21% increase in FTWAs (up from 264 in 2014), a 14% rise in competing airports (up from 186) and a 22% spike in airlines receiving the marketing water treatment upon inaugural flight arrival (up from 126). Our data elves (which slavishly maintain our FTWA database) wish to point out here that some airports do promote the start of a new route from the departure point, as well as the more typical arrival point. Indeed, we have had several routes during the last three years of competition when both ends of a new city pair have had the fire tenders out to mark the occasion. If the respective annual growth rate continues into 2016, our judges should expect to see around 380 FTWAs from over 240 competing airports, heralding the arrival of over 150 different airlines. So the 2016 Arch of Triumph competition should be another bumper year for FTWAs the world over. Keep Monitoring!!
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong and Cairns to Gold Coast 8 January
Judge’s Comments: This is the first ever FTWA we have received for the Arch of Triumph competition from Gold Coast in Australia, but what is immediately clear is that these particular Ozzie firefighters have been learning lessons from their ARFF brothers and sisters just 700 clicks down the coast in Sydney…which had sent in four FTWAs over the last five weeks of the 2015 competition…great opening winner of 2016…golden in fact…
Jonny: 9.2; Marc: 9.4; Paul: 9.0; Ralph: 9.6.
JetBlue Airways New York JFK to Daytona Beach 7 January
Judge’s Comments: This arch is a Daytona Beach speciality known as a “Fireball FTWA”, named after one of the NASCAR (which incidentally is based in Daytona Beach) pioneers and local legend Edward Glenn “Fireball” Roberts Jr. As well as being a great race car driver, he was also an excellent baseball player, which is where he earnt his nickname “Fireball” for his legendary fastball. This FTWA is a fitting homage to this local sporting hero…but it is not likely to win many awards here at anna.aero…
Jonny: 5.1; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 5.5.
fastjet Dar es Salaam to Nairobi 11 January
Judge’s Comments: A well-drilled airport fire department may well investigate aircraft tail heights in order to work out their angles for the pending route launch FTWA. However, clearly the person responsible for that bit of research at Nairobi Airport mistook the height of the aircraft fuselage from the ground for its tail height…resulting in this pancaked FTWA. Unless of course the firefighters did an FTWA for the airport ops vehicle first and then didn’t reset the water jet height for the fastjet A319 just behind…
Jonny: 3.7; Marc: 3.2; Paul: 2.5; Ralph: 3.5.