Montpellier flies the flag for Europe with Arch of Triumph certificate

Five of the 30-strong Montpellier Airport fire department team were on hand to receive the French airport’s latest award – the coveted Arch of Triumph certificate. On parade were: Fireman Fabien Blanc; Fireman Ariel Persan; Fireman Jérome Borne; Team leader Frédéric Mauduech (what a way to celebrate his first day as team leader); and Fireman Sébastien Carrillo.

Five of the 30-strong Montpellier Airport fire department team were on hand to receive the French airport’s latest award – the coveted Arch of Triumph certificate. On parade were: Fireman Fabien Blanc; Fireman Ariel Persan; Fireman Jérome Borne; Team leader Frédéric Mauduech (what a way to celebrate his first day as team leader); and Fireman Sébastien Carrillo.

Australasia has taken an early lead in the inter-regional FTWA competition, with Wellington’s win this week meaning it has two out of four wins so far in 2016. This is not surprising, as the region is also the most prolific region in terms of FTWA entries, having submitted five out of the 15 entered so far. The New Zealand airport, which serves the middle of Middle Earth, has entered the Arch of Triumph competition twice (one each in 2014 and 2015) before this effort, but had failed to win the weekly title. With its score of 37.3 it leaps to the top of the 2016 leader board, ousting fellow Australasian airport Gold Coast. Keep Monitoring!!

Jetstar Airways Nelson to Wellington 1 February

Maybe they were expecting a Jetstar Airways A320 in Wellington…?

Maybe they were expecting a Jetstar Airways A320 in Wellington…?

Judge’s Comments: There is no doubting that this is an FTWA out of the top drawer. However, one factor has let this down…excessive arch height. The firefighters at Wellington may have just been told it’s an FTWA for a Jetstar Airways inaugural flight…and expected an A320 – the Australian LCC’s fleet mainstay – as opposed to the Q300s which are being used on the new domestic services in New Zealand. It’s a real shame…as we could well have already been looking at the 2016 champion in only week four of the competition…

Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 9.4; Paul: 9.2; Ralph: 9.7.

Shenzhen Airlines Nantong to Nagoya 26 January

Wishing on a star for FTWA success in Nagoya…

Wishing on a star for FTWA success in Nagoya…

Judge’s Comments:  Our FTWA researchers are always trying to develop new themes for their water arches, especially as we are now into the fourth year of competition. Here we can see that the firefighters at Nagoya have gone for a Star Alliance theme with this FTWA, with the arch meant to symbolise the top of the airline grouping’s star-based logo. On that they have achieved success, however our judges are a little averse to such angular offerings…hence the FTWA’s average score…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 6.3; Paul: 4.8; Ralph: 6.2.

Jetstar Airways New Plymouth to Auckland 1 February

Scores would have been higher if the aircraft steps hadn't been left on the apron spoiling the view of the left-hand tender…

Scores would have been higher if the aircraft steps hadn’t been left on the apron spoiling the view of the left-hand tender…

Judge’s Comments:  Many great FTWAs have fallen foul of apron clutter in the past…we’ve had all sorts of equipment getting in the way of these pictures…as well as many traffic cones…which are ready to be used by the ground operatives to mark the end of the aircraft’s wings…however this is one thing on which all anna.aero judges are agreed…we don’t like apron clutter…and it affects FTWAs scores…

Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 9.2; Paul: 9.1; Ralph: 9.3.

Jetstar Airways Palmerston North to Auckland 1 February

A very valuable FTWA life lesson is about to be dispensed by the anna.aero judges…

A very valuable FTWA life lesson is about to be dispensed by the anna.aero judges…

Judge’s Comments: Where possible (and certainly at smaller airports this may not always be possible due to the kit available), always use two roof-mounted water cannons or two nose-mounted ones…but never use one of each…the results of that misdemeanour are clearly evident in the unbalanced FTWA produced in Palmerston North. But remember…fly Palmy…

Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 5.3; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 5.4.

Rayani Air Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu 1 February

Having seen Rayani Air’s livery…the excess of water in this FTWA is absolutely necessary…to cover up the aircraft

Judge’s Comments: The anna.aero judges do not normally pass comment on the paintwork of start-up airlines, however the colour scheme emblazoned on the Rayani Air 737-400 is like some sort of 70s retro livery in green and black…and that is exactly where it should have stayed…in the 70s. Unfortunately, the sight of this old school paint job has effected the FTWA’s scores…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 6.1; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 7.7.

THAI Smile Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Siem Reap 1 February

Confusion between a water arch and a water curtain reigns in Siem Reap…

Confusion between a water arch and a water curtain reigns in Siem Reap…

Judge’s Comments: Premature issuing of fluids is something that can happen to the most experienced of us…and when it does…it can catch all parties by surprise…and leave all participants feeling unsatisfied. So during that post-FTWA cigarette, everyone involved should reflect on their roles in the premature fluid issue, and see what they can do to improve their individual performance next time…

Jonny: 5.0; Marc: 5.9; Paul: 5.6; Ralph: 7.3.


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