Wellington Airport displays its monster-sized Arch of Triumph certificate for the world to see

Proudly showing of the monster-size award are Wellington Airport’s brown watch

What a view. No, not Lyall Bay, the size of that Arch of Triumph certificate. Proudly showing off the monster-size award are Wellington Airport’s brown watch – the crew that produced the FTWA for the arrival of Jetstar Airways’ new service from Nelson: Ngamata Tararo, Qualified Firefighter; Tim O’Halloran, Senior Firefighter; Scott Palmer, Senior Firefighter; and Kyle Martin, Crew Chief.

Five weeks into 2016 and this year’s leaderboard is now starting to take shape nicely. In comparison to last year at this stage…we had had 21 entries in 2015 (versus 18 so far this year). The average score by week five last year was 24.6 – this has already been improved upon by this year’s crop, as they have attained an average of 26.2. At this point 12 months ago this week’s winner ‒ Delhi ‒ was the early leader with a score of 34.9. While its effort this week was better than that, notching up an impressive result of 37.0 from the anna.aero judges, it only makes it into third spot in the 2016 competition – so standards are already higher this year. The Indian capital’s win in February 2015 meant that Asia held an early lead in the inter-regional battle with two victories. However, this year it is its continental neighbour Australasia which is currently top of the pile with two wins from five. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
01 Feb Jetstar Airways Nelson to Wellington Wellington (WLG) 37.3
08 Jan Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong to Gold Coast Gold Coast (OOL) 37.2
02 Feb AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur to Delhi Delhi (DEL 37.0
12 Jan China Southern Airlines Wuhan to Dubai Dubai (DXB) 32.1
25 Jan Chalair Bordeaux to Montpellier Montpellier (MPL) 31.9
Was an orange filter used on the photographer’s lens here in Delhi…?

Was an orange filter used on the photographer’s lens here in Delhi…?

Judge’s Comments: Night-shots of FTWAs are notoriously very hard to orchestrate. For every good one…the anna.aero judges have seen 10 bad ones. However, Delhi has delivered here a top-class example, even if the lighting is a bit…well errr…orange. Perhaps the airport’s operations department specially changed the bulbs in the lighting masts as they were told it was a new colourful LCC launching services…and they assumed it was easyJet. As I always say…never assume…its makes an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’…

Jonny: 8.8; Marc: 9.0; Paul: 9.6; Ralph: 9.6.

Air Seychelles Mahé to Beijing 2 February


The crowning glory of the new route launch was this FTWA in Mahé…

Judge’s Comments: ‘Finis Coronat Opus’ – the Latin motto for the Seychelles means ‘The End Crowns the Work’. This perfectly explains why after new route parties at each of the sector was finished off nicely in Mahé with this FTWA when the inaugural flight returned to the Indian Ocean archipelago, made-up of 115 islands…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 8.3; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 9.2.

Flybe Manchester to Rotterdam 8 February


Shame the airline didn’t send one of its purple Q400s on the route launch…would have looked better…

Judge’s Comments: Over the now four years of this competition we have often berated airports which do not get their branding into the FTWA pictures by saying that “this could be Rotterdam or anywhere.” Well this FTWA is actually in Rotterdam and it is the fourth time that the Dutch airport has entered in the competition so far. And as you can see the Rotterdam tenders two and three are prominently pushing the airport’s brand…

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 7.3; Paul: 7.2; Ralph: 7.8.


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