North America gets first Arch of Triumph victory with mile-high FTWA

At the 26th attempt, North America has finally won its first Arch of Triumph of 2016, as Denver delivers the goods for the start of the Lufthansa’s service from Munich this week. Despite this triumph, this means its wins per entries rate is the worst of the six regions that have secured victory so far this year, at 0.038 (26 entries/one win). Asia is the next worst part of the world, with a rating of 0.118 (17 entries/two wins). The Middle East still leads the pack with a score of 0.5 (four entries/two wins). Europe is still the outright leader, with eight wins from the 17 weeks of competition, well ahead of Australasia with just three. The former has generated 66 of the 137 entries (48%) so far in 2016, with North America in second with 26 (19%). 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
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
11-May Lufthansa Munich to Denver Denver (DEN) 35.2
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

Lufthansa Munich to Denver 11 May

Lufthansa Munich to Denver 11 May

If only the photographer had pointed a bit more to the left so that we could see the left-hand fire truck in its entirety…

Judge’s Comments: Did the rare atmosphere in Denver help produce this winning FTWA? Does water flow better when it’s forced out of a fire tender from a mile high? Our anna.aero judges do not know if this is the case, but we do know a great FTWA when we see one…

Jonny: 8.5; Marc: 8.8; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 9.1.

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Dubrovnik 10 May

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Dubrovnik 10 May

Use of Turkish Airlines’ A321 causes FTWA disarray in Dubrovnik…

Judge’s Comments: Don’t the hierarchies of these airlines understand the planning that goes into providing these FTWAs at airports? You can’t just switch the inaugural aircraft at the last minute to an A321 (probably so the airline managers can have a more comfortable seat) when you have been practising for the arrival of an A320 (the aircraft that will regularly operate this route) all week! A better FTWA would have been provided by Dubrovnik’s firefighters if everyone else had just stuck to the original plan…

Jonny: 6.4; Marc: 6.9; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 7.5.

WOW air Reykjavik/Keflavik to Toronto Pearson 11 May

WOW air Reykjavik/Keflavik to Toronto Pearson 11 May

They told us that it was a new flight from Europe…surely it must be a wide-body…

Judge’s Comments: There can’t be many new routes between Europe and Canada which are served by narrow-bodied aircraft, so the firefighters at Toronto Pearson can be forgiven for the width of the FTWA provided for the WOW air A321…but there is still a massive gap in that arch…

Jonny: 6.3; Marc: 6.3; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 5.7.

Delta Air Lines Raleigh-Durham to Paris CDG 12 May

Delta Air Lines Raleigh-Durham to Paris CDG 12 May

Half of this airport is named after Sir Walter ‘oooh…what a huge boat I’ve got’ Raleigh…

Judge’s Comments: Raleigh is known as the ‘City of Oaks’…for its many oak trees which line the streets of the heart of the city. We don’t think it will ever be known at the ‘City of Great FTWAs’…

Jonny: 6.0; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 5.5.

ASL Airlines Lyon to Hamburg 13 May

ASL Airlines Lyon to Hamburg 13 May

What is the point in getting your boom out…and then not using it…

Judge’s Comments: It’s a lovely sunny day in Hamburg…anna.aero’s judges really hope the weather is that great when the world’s slots coordinators and airport marketeers descend on the German city next month for the 138th IATA Slot Conference. We’re not commenting on this FTWA for obvious reasons…as we need to get into the city to produce our Show Daily magazines for the event…

Jonny: 1.0; Marc: 3.2; Paul: 5.9; Ralph: 2.6.

Iberia Madrid to San Juan 15 May

Iberia Madrid to San Juan 15 May

Co-pilot: “Well, at least my pants are clean now!!” Pilot: “Here, can you do mine too.”

Judge’s Comments: IAG-owned Iberia have asked all their staff for ideas on how to save money. Clearly the flight crew of the A330 from Madrid were looking to save on their hotel laundry bills, by getting their underwear washed before they had even left the airport…

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 5.8; Ralph: 4.5.

Qatar Airways Doha to Yerevan 15 May

Qatar Airways Doha to Yerevan 15 May

Most impressive, and it’s at night…a bit peaky though…

Judge’s Comments: Mount Aragats is an isolated four-peaked volcano massif in Armenia. Its northern summit, at 4,090 metres (13,420 feet) above sea level, is the highest point of the Lesser Caucasus and Armenia. Clearly this FTWA is a homage to that impressive peak…and was a close second this week…

Jonny: 9.1; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 7.2; Ralph: 9.3.

Wizz Air Warsaw Chopin to Porto 15 May

Wizz Air Warsaw Chopin to Porto 15 May

It looks like they were trying the two-colour thing for Wizz Air’s first flight…

Judge’s Comments: Porto has gone all out to create a warm welcome for Wizz Air, heralding the ULCC’s first services to the Portuguese airport. Unfortunately due to the direction of the sun…or indeed the position of the photographer…has meant that the impact of the colourful two-tone water jets have been lost…

Jonny: 7.0; Marc: 6.7; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 6.1. 

KLM Amsterdam to Southampton 16 May

KLM Amsterdam to Southampton 16 May

it’s a bit of a low arch. Hope they’re not trying to knock the T-tail off the F70?

Judge’s Comments: There are not too many of these birds flying in Europe’s skies any more, with the main operator KLM (Austrian Airlines also still has some), replacing its fleet with some shiny new aircraft from Brazil. The last thing that we need is one of these collector’s items to be harmed by an FTWA…so while our judges like an FTWA to be tight to the aircraft…can we have it a smidge higher next time guys…

Jonny: 8.9; Marc: 8.0; Paul: 6.8; Ralph: 8.3.

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Atlanta 16 May

Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Atlanta 16 May

This FTWA has probably been put in the best place for it…at the bottom of the pile…

Judge’s Comments: This FTWA was provided for a new link by the world’s best-connected carrier – Turkish Airlines flies to more destinations than any other airline – to the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta, which processed over 100 million passengers in 2015. Therefore, it’s a worthy winner of our Route of the Week award…but it certainly won’t be winning the double with this effort…

Jonny: 0.9; Marc: 3.1; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 3.3.


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