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Sydney’s firefighters show off not one but two Arch of Triumph certificates for their recent wins

Although they didn’t win the overall Arch of Triumph competition, Sydney Airport’s ‘D’ Crew did win the last weekly battle of 2015, with its FTWA for Hainan Airlines’ new Xi’an service. Receiving the award were firefighters Brown, Flamme, Holt, Williams, Hartley, Hutchinson, Pentzoldt and Quandt. With that surname, the second listed firefighter was always destined to get into this line of work.

Although they didn’t win the overall Arch of Triumph competition, Sydney Airport’s ‘D’ Crew did win the last weekly battle of 2015, with its FTWA for Hainan Airlines’ new Xi’an service. Receiving the award were firefighters Brown, Flamme, Holt, Williams, Hartley, Hutchinson, Pentzoldt and Quandt. With that surname, the second listed firefighter was always destined to get into this line of work.

Out of the seven FTWAs sent in to anna.aero so far in the 2016 competition, none have come from Europe, which is kind of strange given how prolific the region was last year, and the fact that all three previous annual victors have come from this part of the world. Still, it’s early days. So far this year Africa, Australasia and North America lead the way with two entries a piece, and the Middle East has one. With one entry in 2013, none in the 2014 competition and three last year, this is the first winning FTWA from now the world’s busiest international airport ‒ Dubai. With scores of 28.9, 25.3, 30.0 and 26.4 from its previous four FTWAs, breaking through the 30-point barrier this week with 32.1 has clearly been the reason for this immediate success. We are sure that in what is likely to be another record breaking, award-filled year for the Middle Eastern hub, there will be no prouder moment for Dubai Airport than its receipt of this accolade. Keep Monitoring!!

China Southern Airlines Wuhan to Dubai 12 January

The lighting for this night-time FTWA is perfect…just needs the perfect pair of Leaping Dolphins to go with it…

The lighting for this night-time FTWA is perfect…just needs the perfect pair of Leaping Dolphins to go with it…

Judge’s Comments: Well-lit, night-time FTWAs are visually stunning when done right, as this one in Dubai is. They do however need to be matched by a well-proportioned pair of water jets to get top marks. These two are a bit angular and they do not meet neatly over the top of the China Southern aircraft…looks like the world’s busiest international airport still needs to get better at new route marketing…

Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 7.7; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 7.6.

JetBlue Airways New York JFK to Palm Springs 14 January

Next time we have an FTWA at Palm Springs…can we get a few more baggage carts in the picture…it might just hide the arch altogether…

Next time we have an FTWA at Palm Springs…can we get a few more baggage carts in the picture…it might just hide the arch altogether…

Judge’s Comments: Airport aprons can often be voluminous, particularly in the US. Maybe that is the reason why the photographer on duty at Palm Springs for the JetBlue launch was just so tired after a long walk from the terminal building that they just couldn’t make it to the stand which was allocated to the incoming aircraft. The result is a picture full of apron clutter…oh yeah…we only have 50% of an FTWA too…

Jonny: 3.2; Marc: 3.9; Paul: 2.8; Ralph: 2.8.

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Rabat 15 January

This FTWA might have been a lot better than it looks, we just can't see it because it’s camouflaged against the clouds…

This FTWA might have been a lot better than it looks, we just can’t see it because it’s camouflaged against the clouds…

Judge’s Comments: This FTWA has clearly been designed to emulate the Chellah Necropolis, the medieval fortified necropolis just to the south of Rabat. Unfortunately given the quality of this arch, it looks like a few careers in the Moroccan capital city’s airport fire station may have also died after the inaugural Etihad Airways flight was welcomed with this poor FTWA…

Jonny: 3.8; Marc: 3.7; Paul: 3.2; Ralph: 4.4. 

China Eastern Airlines Shanghai to Brisbane 16 January

You could drive a plane through the gap in that arch. Oh, they did...(Picture courtesy of Beau Chenery - PlaneImages.net)

You could drive a plane through the gap in that arch. Oh, they did…(Picture courtesy of Beau Chenery – PlaneImages.net)

Judge’s Comments: It looks like the craze of doing the Kim Kardashian style FTWAs has made it across the Pacific to Australia, after originally being started in the Caribbean and the US late last year. For those of you yet to witness this type of water arch, its primary feature involves taking a picture of the rear of the arriving aircraft. While the anna.aero judges are not averse to new FTWA styles – we embrace change here – the FTWA quality needs to be maintained in order to score well…so our advice to the Brisbane firefighters is get the basics right first before trying out these new-fangled arches…

Jonny: 4.7; Marc: 4.1; Paul: 6.3; Ralph: 3.8.


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