Vorsprung durch FTWA for this week’s Arch of Triumph winner

Wizz Air is an airline which has received more than its fair share of new route FTWAs over the four years of the Arch of Triumph competition. This week the European ULCC has received its first FTWA of 2016 and achieved its first victory at the same time. Last year it had 14 entries and managed to win three weekly titles in the process. This was a dramatic improvement over the airline’s 2014 performance, as it did not manage one weekly win from its seven attempts. In the 2013 Arch of Triumph, the first year of this now-renowned competition, it mustered one win from four efforts. In terms of the inter-regional battle, Europe has stuck its neck out into a firm lead over Australasia, Middle East and Asia, which all have two wins each versus the former’s three. South America is keeping hold of the wooden spoon for now, with its sole win so far in 2016. 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
11-Mar Wizz Air Budapest to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) 36.9
01-Mar LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Chopin to Luxembourg Luxembourg (LUX) 32.7
12-Jan China Southern Airlines Wuhan to Dubai Dubai (DXB) 32.1
25-Jan Chalair Bordeaux to Montpellier Montpellier (MPL) 31.9
16-Feb SpiceJet Jaipur to Dubai Dubai (DXB) 27.9
25-Feb JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale to Quito Quito (UIO) 27.6
13-Feb Spring Airlines Japan Tokyo Narita to Wuhan Wuhan (WUH) 26.8

Wizz Air Budapest to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden 11 March

Wizz Air Budapest to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden

A minimalist picture…for a FTWA hoping to get a max score…

Judge’s Comments: We often get FTWA pictures with a lot of apron clutter present, but this shot from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden is minimalist in the extreme….one aircraft, two tenders and one arch…nothing to distract the eye on this one. The resulting score is far from minimal…and delivers the German regional airport a well-deserved win…

Jonny: 9.5; Marc: 9.3; Paul: 8.6; Ralph: 9.5.

Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Aberdeen 9 March

Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Aberdeen

Last week we asked should points be deducted for use of a follow-me vehicles…what about this follow-me fire tender…?

Judge’s Comments:  This is yet another truly unique FTWA involving just one fire tender, following another one of a similar ilk two weeks ago in Naples, Florida. This type of arch shall for ever be known as the ‘Follow-Me’ FTWA. One of our esteemed judges did wonder whether they should’ve used IRN-BRU (the Scottish soft drink) instead of water, as it was performed in Aberdeen, Scotland. Now that would have been a proper Scottish welcome…

Jonny: 3.2; Marc: 5.0; Paul: 9.7; Ralph: 5.0.

Southwest Airlines Pittsburgh to St. Louis 10 March

Southwest Airlines Pittsburgh to St. Louis

A Gateway Arch…in Pittsburgh…for a new route to St. Louis…

Judge’s Comments:  This arch was meant to emulate the famous Gateway Arch, the 630-foot monument in St. Louis (the destination of this new route), and indeed the world’s tallest arch – although we have seen some pretty high FTWAs in this competition that have come close. The architectural style of the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere is known as structural expressionism…perhaps Pittsburgh’s firefighters were just expressing themselves with this structure as well…who knows…

Jonny: 8.2; Marc: 7.8; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 6.6.

Aer Lingus Cork to Southampton 14 March

Aer Lingus Cork to Southampton

Please mind the gap…in this fire truck water arch…

Judge’s Comments: About three millibars of water pressure from both tenders is the difference between FTWA greatness and normality here in Southampton…a bit like their football team…they are three players short of being a great team…instead they are just a normal one, sitting as they do in seventh in the English Premiership (correct as of 15 March 2016)…

Jonny: 6.3; Marc: 7.7; Paul: 8.5; Ralph: 8.2.

Airnorth Brisbane West Wellcamp to Melbourne

Airnorth Brisbane West Wellcamp to Melbourne

Is that a crop sprayer or a fire tender…?

Judge’s Comments: It looks like they have just grabbed anything that can spray liquid here at Brisbane West Wellcamp for this FTWA. The fire vehicle on the right – a term used in its most liberal terms ‒ looks like a converted crop sprayer! Let’s not forget that airport owners Wagners are known in the Australian concrete, quarry and transport businesses…so they probably have all sorts of kit lying around that can be converted to useful airport machinery…

Jonny: 2.2; Marc: 3.7; Paul: 7.2; Ralph: 4.5.


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