Denver Airport displays its first ever Arch of Triumph certificate

First FTWA entry, first Arch of Triumph win. Impressive stats for Denver Airport’s fire crew

First FTWA entry, first Arch of Triumph win. Impressive stats for Denver Airport’s fire crew, which can be seen here displaying their certificate for the recent Lufthansa launch from Munich. Can they keep up that strike rate in the future…we’ll have to wait and see.

We quite often focus on the most prolific airports when it comes to FTWAs, but we very rarely consider which are the most popular airlines when it comes to those carriers which have received the most water love so far in 2016. A total of 78 different airlines across six global regions have been deemed worthy enough to receive a water arch this year. Romania’s Blue Air is top of this particular leader board, with seven FTWAs from Madrid, Bacau, Birmingham, Bucharest, Iasi (two) and Sibiu airports. Interestingly, all of these water arches were instigated during the same public vote week in early April. Just behind the European LCC are Allegiant Air and KLM, with six a-piece. Both airlines have also added to their respective tallies this week, with the former receiving an FTWA in Destin – Fort Walton Beach, while the latter airline has seen two of its aircraft baptised, one in Inverness and one in Ibiza. 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

KLM Amsterdam to Inverness 17 May

KLM Amsterdam to Inverness 17 May

A classic ‘Caber Toss’ FTWA from the Highlands of Scotland…

Judge’s Comments:  What you have depicted here from the Inverness fire crew is the flight trajectory of a caber toss, a traditional Scottish athletic event in which competitors toss a near six-metre long wooden pole called a caber. Most often seen at the Scottish Highland Games, it is rare to see a ‘Caber Toss’ FTWA this early in the season…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 7.2; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 7.3.

Tunisair Tunis to Prague 17 May

Tunisair Tunis to Prague 17 May

Not enough structure on this Czech FTWA…or is it dancing…?

Judge’s Comments: For our judges, an arch represents something solid and which evokes strength. This arch, if it can be called one, is flimsy and weak by comparison. But hang on, this is the city which is home to the famous Dancing House which was designed by Frank Gehry. That looks all flimsy and weak…yet it works. Maybe this is Gehry’s interpretation of an Arch of Triumph…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 5.5; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 5.7. 

Air Canada rouge Toronto Pearson to London Gatwick 19 May

Air Canada rouge Toronto Pearson to London Gatwick 19 May

Sometimes less is more…especially when it comes to windy days for FTWAs…

Judge’s Comments: We know it was windy at Gatwick last week, because we had a man on the ground there – and he was also eminently qualified to appraise the water arch, as he is also an anna.aero judge – Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford. He suggests: “Perhaps next time it’s so gusty…just go with two rather than four water jets…or else you may end up over-compensating with excessive height…just like the left-hand tender.” Wise words…

Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 5.7; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 4.4.

Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Montreal 19 May

Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Montreal 19 May

Serious bit of ear-washing going on for the Icelandair co-pilot in Montreal…

Judge’s Comments: Wanna see what this FTWA looks like from the inside of the aircraft…well you can…because our roving reporter, and Chief Analyst, and Arch of Triumph judge was on board the aircraft for this inaugural. Apparently there was a pretty rainbow inside the 757…which is not on view here…just an ‘Ear-wash’ for the co-pilot…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 3.0.

Air China Shenzhen to Frankfurt 20 May

Air China Shenzhen to Frankfurt 20 May

This is a Fire Truck Water Box rather than an Arch…

Judge’s Comments: Use of the booms on these tenders at Frankfurt has rendered this Fire Truck Water Box…errr…I mean Arch…more ‘Dying Dolphins’ than ‘Leaping Dolphins’. Back to the drawing board Helmut…and learn about more flattering angles for an FTWA before the next route launch…

Jonny: 2.6; Marc: 6.7; Paul: 3.0; Ralph: 6.9.

Allegiant Air Cincinnati to Destin – Fort Walton Beach 20 May

Allegiant Air Cincinnati to Destin – Fort Walton Beach 20 May

Just in case they forget, the ground staff shows the Allegiant Air pilots what they are meant to be doing in those seats…

Judge’s Comments: Is he giving instructions to the flight crew about where to park the A319, or is he saying left-hand tender down a bit, right-hand tender up a bit?? He’s certainly having more fun than the other two guys on duty at Destin – Fort Walton Beach. This arch is not bad…a little flat…but still not too shabby for a first attempt…

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 7.8; Paul: 6.9; Ralph: 6.1.

KLM Amsterdam to Ibiza 21 May

KLM Amsterdam to Ibiza 21 May

Has somebody left the big water sprinklers on in Ibiza…?

Judge’s Comments: Whatever you want to say about the six other FTWAs this week, in all of them you can clearly see both tenders – a prerequisite for anna.aero’s judges when contemplating scoring. Here in Ibiza we are not sure whether the launch of KLM’s flight from Amsterdam has been attended by two fine fire tenders…or whether the grounds person has simply just left on the water sprinklers…

Jonny: 6.4; Marc: 6.4; Paul: 5.9; Ralph: 3.4.


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