Four airports battle it out for Week 26 glory

So far during 2016,’s judges have received 224 FTWAs. Analysis of the geographical spread reveals that Europe leads the way with 54% of entries, with second-placed North America trailing with 20%. So nearly three in every four FTWAs come from those two regions alone. The remaining 26% is split between the six other regions which have entered the Arch of Triumph competition – with Asia (9%), Australasia (6%) and South America (5%) vying for third spot. Whereas the Middle East (3%), Africa (2%) and the Caribbean (1%) are all desperately trying to avoid the wooden spoon. In terms of the average winning score so far during this year’s battle, this is currently sat at 33.4, so for any airports out there looking to enter the competition for the first time, this is a good benchmark score for you to aim for. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
25-May United Airlines Washington Dulles to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 39.0
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
23-Jun American Airlines Los Angeles to Auckland Auckland (AKL) 37.1
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
20-Jun Bulgaria Air Sofia to Budapest Budapest (BUD) 35.2

United Airlines San Francisco to Hangzhou 13 July

ftwa-United Airlines San Francisco to Hangzhou 13 July

Our first FTWA with a 787-9? One of our judges is not sure…

Judge’s Comments: The judge that sent me this FTWA thought that this was the first Arch of Triumph featuring a 787-9. Fortunately our data elves have kept meticulous records of all of the FTWAs and new routes we have covered over the past four years, and as ever, they have the answer. It’s actually the fourth FTWA featuring the latest wide-body aircraft offering from Seattle – with the first being Scoot’s Singapore-Osaka Kansai route in Japan in July 2015; then we had Air Canada’s Toronto Pearson to Dubai new route in the UAE in November last year; and this was followed by the FTWA crafted for All Nippon Airways’ new service from Tokyo Haneda to Sydney in Australia… so this one, which is a cracker, is the fourth 787-9 FTWA…

Jonny: 8.4; Marc: 9.2; Paul: 8.1; Ralph: 9.3.

airberlin Düsseldorf to Zadar 12 July

ftwa-airberlin Düsseldorf to Zadar 12 July

The FTWA is reminiscent of Zadar’s ramparts…

Judge’s Comments: Often airport fire fighters take inspiration from local architectural beauty for their FTWAs. And these Croatian fire fighters appear to have done the same, as Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, offering a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times. You can definitely see the influence…can’t you?

Jonny: 8.3; Marc: 8.5; Paul: 8.0; Ralph: 8.4.

Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Chernivtsi 12 July

Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Chernivtsi 12 July-ftwa

Somewhere, out there…is a plane apparently…

Judge’s Comments: While you can’t see much of this FTWA, there is a certain drama to this picture. At this time of year the sun is setting at around 21:00 in Ukraine…and this flight was scheduled to arrive at 21:55. It should also be noted that this water arch has been created for a new domestic service, which in Europe is quite rare. It is, however, the airport’s only scheduled service at this time, from the capital Kiev…so well worth celebrating in this way…

Jonny: 6.7; Marc: 5.4; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 5.6.

airberlin Düsseldorf to Pula 13 July

airberlin Düsseldorf to Pula 13 Ju-ftwa

Zoom lens required in Pula…

Judge’s Comments: We’ve had plenty of apron clutter photo-bombing FTWA images before, but I’m not sure whether we have ever had another aircraft quite so blatantly in shot. I thought the days of Ryanair grabbing any free publicity any way they could were over…clearly it is still up to its old tricks…like the stories of it introducing ‘standing’ seats on its aircraft…and other gems…

Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 6.8; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 6.3.


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