South American fiesta of FTWAs this week
Wellington Airport has held the top spot on the 2016 Arch of Triumph leader board for nearly a quarter of the year already, and shows no signs of relinquishing that position. Or more correctly, the standard of the challenging airports is not high enough at the moment to trouble the New Zealand airport. Indeed, the top three airports have been in their respective positions since the first week of February. Despite there being 16 entries this week, the overall standard was at best poor, with the average score just 19.3, and the winner from Billund, probably best described as the best of a bad bunch, with its winning score of 30.4, secured it only 12th spot in the FTWA 2016 league. The Danish airport’s win does however mean that Europe now has won half of the 16 weeks of competition. Keep monitoring!!
|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|
|14-Apr||bmi regional Munich to Southampton||Munich (MUC)||36.8|
|06-Apr||Air India Delhi to Vienna||Vienna (VIE)||35.7|
|29-Apr||Aer Lingus Belfast City to Alicante||Alicante (ALC)||35.5|
|01-Mar||LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Chopin to Luxembourg||Luxembourg (LUX)||32.7|
|15-Mar||Cebu Pacific Air Manila to Guam||Guam (GUM)||32.3|
|12-Jan||China Southern Airlines Wuhan to Dubai||Dubai (DXB)||32.1|
British Airways London Heathrow to Billund 3 May
Judge’s Comments: You would think with 16 FTWA entries this week, that it would be a tough week to take home the Arch of Triumph trophy. However, with a winning score of 30.4, Billund’s victory has only secured it 12th spot on the leader board…hardly earth-shattering. That said, the Danish airport has only entered this competition twice, both this year, the first being in the public vote a few weeks ago…so credit where credit is due…
Jonny: 7.8; Marc: 7.6; Paul: 8.5; Ralph: 6.5.
Emirates Dubai to Yinchuan 3 May
Judge’s Comments: Mind the gap! Or should we say Zhùyì jiàngé. While we can easily be critical (and the anna.aero judges often are…sometimes brutal) of this FTWA, it should be remembered that this is the first effort we have received from Yinchuan in China…so a good start…and something to build on…
Jonny: 5.0; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 5.7.
Emirates Dubai to Zhengzhou 3 May
Judge’s Comments: Mind the bigger gap! The new Emirates service to Yinchuan (above) continued to Zhengzhou, where an almost identical FTWA was delivered. However, on this one you can’t see either tender, but there is a hint of a rainbow though…but the score is lower than that achieved earlier in the day for the same aircraft…
Jonny: 5.0; Marc: 4.9; Paul: 4.9; Ralph: 4.7.
Germania Dresden to Malaga 3 May
Judge’s Comments: In Greek numerals (it is also the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet) lambda has a value of 30….which is 8.4 more than the score that this FTWA attained from the anna.aero judges. Shame the Germania aircraft was flying on a new route to Spain and not Greece…
Jonny: 3.8; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 4.9.
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca to Rio de Janeiro Galeao 3 May
Judge’s Comments: Because of how close this picture has been cropped, we are uncertain as to whether there was actually another tender in attendance or not? (Looking at this, there was) This may have been a classic ‘Big Boy, Little Boy’…but we’ll never know…as that piece of the picture is now consigned to the cutting room floor (or its digital equivalent). Nice bit of photobombing from the Avianca aircraft though…
Jonny: 1.1; Marc: 2.2; Paul: 3.0; Ralph: 2.5.
British Airways London Gatwick to Lima 4 May
Judge’s Comments: The first of two entries from Lima this week. All that can be said is that it can only get better after this effort. What can be distinguished (we think) are two water jets at very different angles, some bright lights in the dark (hence the Close Encounters reference) and that’s all. There is some very consistent (albeit very low) scoring however…
Jonny: 0.2; Marc: 0.2; Paul: 0.2; Ralph: 0.2.
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Bogota 4 May
Judge’s Comments: We get the fact that when a carrier as significant (it flies to more global destinations than any other airline) as Turkish Airlines arrives at your airport it’s kind of a big deal. People want to see it arrive, take pictures (and no doubt selfies – yuk!) etc. But the result is too much apron clutter as we have here in Bogota…booooooo…
Jonny: 4.9; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 4.7; Ralph: 6.1.
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Panama City 4 May
Judge’s Comments: …so the same Turkish Airlines aircraft arrives in Panama…and phew…there is less of a welcoming committee (of seemingly the entire airport staff in Bogota) on the apron. But the effort put into the FTWA to herald the start of services from such a prominent global hub carrier is debatable…
Jonny: 0.1; Marc: 3.7; Paul: 1.9; Ralph: 1.1.
WOW air Reykjavik/Keflavik to Montreal 4 May
Judge’s Comments: Is this an FTWA to make you go WOW? It’s more like one that makes you say: “Yeah it’s not bad…but it could be better”. It’s hard to make out the arch details against the grey sky…and given WOW air’s colour scheme, this FTWA is crying out for some coloured water dye…
Jonny: 7.7; Marc: 7.4; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 7.0.
Interjet Mexico City to Lima 5 May
Judge’s Comments: What follows are actual comments from one of anna.aero’s four esteemed FTWA judges ‒ not an actor. “Nope can’t explain this. Interesting ‘industrial’ background…” When you are having to mention an “interesting industrial background” you know that the FTWA is not the best…
Jonny: 0.4; Marc: 4.5; Paul: 2.9; Ralph: 3.5.
KLM Amsterdam to Salt Lake City 5 May
Judge’s Comments: The same judge that commented on the FTWA from Lima above, then had this to say about this one from Salt Lake City. “Oh dear, oh dear. Not even close to an arch. Nice snow-capped mountains in the background though…” Again, the setting of the picture is more captivating than the FTWA itself…shocking…
Jonny: 4.5; Marc: 3.8; Paul: 4.5; Ralph: 2.5.
Finnair Helsinki to Guangzhou 6 May
Judge’s Comments: Apparently Toblerone is the third most popular chocolate bar in Guangzhou, after Marathons (the name was never changed to Snickers in China) and Dove. This chocolate bar makes up an impressive 34% of the nation’s total chocolate consumption. To put that into perspective, China was projected to consume a whopping 200,700 tonnes of chocolate last year alone…
Jonny: 5.1; Marc: 5.6; Paul: 4.8; Ralph: 6.8.
Vueling Paris CDG to Santander 6 May
Judge’s Comments: Sorry, we’re still laughing in the anna.aero office about the witty quip we made in the caption above. One of our best you must agree? This was a good FTWA from Santander, but only good enough to secure third spot in this week’s competition…
Jonny: 7.4; Marc: 7.3; Paul: 7.2; Ralph: 7.2.
Air Canada Toronto Pearson to Jacksonville 7 May
Judge’s Comments: WHAT! Hysterical ‒ this FTWA made all four anna.aero judges laugh out loud. Is this for real? The plane’s never gonna get through that gap, is it? Is the Air Canada aircraft supposed to limbo under that arch? One of the best ‘Ear-wash’ FTWAs we’ve ever had…
Jonny: 5.0; Marc: 3.8; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 0.5.
Finnair Helsinki to Fukuoka 7 May
Judge’s Comments: Blimey, this Fukuokan FTWA makes the Tobleroning performed in Guangzhou for Finnair’s other route launch this week look like a small hill. Also, did the left-hand tender have a bad hose day? Why is it hiding itself away? Maybe it had a spot on the end of its snozzle?
Jonny: 7.7; Marc: 7.2; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 6.3.
easyJet Amsterdam to Palma de Mallorca 8 May
Judge’s Comments: I feel a bit worn out after writing all these negative comments this week. I am imagining that this must be what Simon Cowell (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent) or Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing) must feel like on a daily basis, when they do their judging on TV…
Jonny: 6.9; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 6.7.