Budapest celebrates fourth Arch of Triumph win at Hamburg Slots
Budapest Airport has joined an elite band of two other global airports in securing back-to-back victories in the Arch of Triumph competition, but becomes the first in 2016. Its FTWA for the start of Bulgaria Air services this week follows straight on from last week’s win for the Air Canada Rouge launch. While no airport achieved this accolade in 2015, Cambridge Airport in the UK did so in May 2014, when it produced two award-winning FTWAs for nrew services from CityJet and Etihad Regional. The previous year, Floridian airport Tampa delivered FTWA excellence for the arches created for the start of services from JetBlue Airways and Copa Airlines in December 2013. Keep Monitoring!!
Bulgaria Air Sofia to Budapest 20 June
Judge’s Comments: Only twice before has an airport achieved back-to-back wins in the Arch of Triumph competition…with Tampa ‘doing the double’ in the last two weeks of the 2013 season, and UK regional airport Cambridge managing to accomplish the same feat in 2014…clearly Budapest has tried to join this elite band of airports…and has succeeded by the slimmest of margins…
Jonny: 8.7; Marc: 8.6; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 9.1.
Air Transat Toronto Pearson to Zagreb 14 June
Judge’s Comments: It’s a good job that this route launched on 14 June and not this week…as there may well be a few thick heads in Zagreb this morning…as the national team’s heroics in beating Spain 2-1 in the final group match last night will have no doubt been well and truly celebrated across Croatia…the FTWA isn’t bad either…
Jonny: 6.7; Marc: 7.7; Paul: 8.9; Ralph: 7.2.
Aegean Airlines Athens to Ljubljana 15 June
Judge’s Comments: This is the first time that Ljubljana has entered the Arch of Triumph competition in its four-year history, and it’s not a bad effort at all…we’ve certainly had a lot worse!! They have even dealt pretty well with the adverse weather conditions…
Jonny: 6.6; Marc: 5.6; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 7.3.
Air Serbia Belgrade to Ohrid 15 June
Judge’s Comments: An ‘orrid FTWA in Ohrid. It’s more of a fine haze of water rather than an arch. Is that car also lost on the way to the long-stay car park? I hope he has booked on-line in advance because the turn-up rates at airports are just shocking the world over…
Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 3.7; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 5.6.
Air Serbia Belgrade to Hamburg 15 June
Judge’s Comments: When this FTWA hit the desks of anna.aero this week we could get neither excited nor upset about it. It’s not fantastic, but it’s well set-up…a bit like the German national football team. It’s just an average performance…a bit like the bore-draw last week against Poland…
Jonny: 7.7; Marc: 5.3; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 4.1.
Adria Airways Munich to Olsztyn-Mazury 16 June
Judge’s Comments: We will give the photographer the benefit of the doubt here…maybe he left his wide angle lens in his other camera bag as he rushed out of the door on his way to this assignment at the airport…next time he won’t forget…and we might get a full FTWA width from the Polish regional airport…
Jonny: 3.5; Marc: 4.2; Paul: 4.9; Ralph: 4.3.
Air Canada Montreal to Lyon 16 June
Judge’s Comments: Prominent branding for the new Air Canada route from Montreal in this FTWA has clearly been achieved. However, the quality of the arch has been sacrificed…with only about 60% on show…which automatically reduce the potential scores to six at the most…
Jonny: 3.4; Marc: 4.7; Paul: 4.9; Ralph: 3.5.
Air Canada Rouge Toronto Pearson to Warsaw Chopin 16 June
Judge’s Comments: The lyrics of the 1983 hit from UK band Spandau Ballet were never more apt. Clearly there was a lack of co-ordination on what height to do the FTWA for the Air Canada Rouge launch. In the same song, the New Wave pioneers also sung “I’m sitting here, waiting by the telephone,” something that the Chief Fire Officer at Warsaw Chopin need not bother doing if he or she expects an Arch of Triumph certificate for this…
Jonny: 3.5; Marc: 4.9; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 2.2.
JetBlue Airways Buffalo to Los Angeles 16 June
Judge’s Comments: Photo bomb body count…four traffic cones, three ground staff and two baggage conveyors…all we needed was one buffalo (the Arch was being done in Buffalo, NY) to complete the set…they would have probably got extra points for having a wild animal in the picture though…
Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 5.9; Ralph: 5.4.
Tunisair Tunis to Montreal 16 June
Judge’s Comments: Now who is going to fess-up to this boo-boo? Was it the photographer that was late…or the fire trucks? Because that Tunisair A330 has been on stand for a while…as the aircraft’s engines have been shut down and cargo deck has been opened!! Sacré bleu…
Jonny: 2.3; Marc: 2.1; Paul: 2.9; Ralph: 2.7.
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk to Košice 16 June
Judge’s Comments: After drawing 0-0 against England on Monday night it seems highly likely that Slovakia will be progressing to the round of 16 of Euro 2016 – the European national football team championship taking place in France at the moment. While this is a ground-breaking result of some significance, it is nothing when compared to the FTWA delivered in Košice for the arrival of Turkish Airlines…
Jonny: 8.8; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 8.7.
Air Serbia Belgrade to St. Petersburg 18 June
Judge’s Comments: The photographer was in the perfect position…set-up nicely…all of a sudden there is a white blur across his lens…accompanied by the screech of tyres…he briefly opens both eyes and lowers his camera to find an unmarked baggage conveyor in the foreground of his shot…it’s too late to get him moved…the Air Serbia aircraft is approaching…the water arch is in full flow…he can’t even tell which handling company the vehicle is from so he can get the baggage handler removed from the airport for his gross misconduct in terms of new route airport marketing…
Jonny: 5.7; Marc: 5.7; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 5.9.
Czech Airlines Prague to Malta 18 June
Judge’s Comments: There is no doubt that we are witnessing a specialist FTWA here in Malta. Named after the bird, rather than the spy movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, this is a Maltese Falcon FTWA – the sweep of the arch emulates the sweep of this prodigious hunter’s wings. The Maltese Falcon is the Mediterranean version of the Peregrine Falcon, which is renowned for its speed, reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive) making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
Jonny: 6.7; Marc: 7.2; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 6.6.
Elite Airways Long Island Macarthur to Orlando Melbourne 19 June
Judge’s Comments: The location of an FTWA on the airport site is normally decided by someone in Ops or indeed from down the fire station…and not the photographer who has been tasked with the job of creating a memorable image of the momentous route launch event. As a result, while you sometimes get a pretty picture, as we have here, the aircraft and airport branding are non-existent…
Jonny: 8.7; Marc: 8.9; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 8.7.