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!!
|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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.