Arch of Triumph win for China-Europe new route

Although this week’s victorious airport was again from Europe, giving the region 60% of all winners so far this year, it was nice to see a broad range of regions contributing to the battle for Arch of Triumph glory this week. So while there were nine FTWAs from Europe and four from North America, there were also two from Asia and Australasia, as well as one each from the African and the Middle Eastern regions. It was also nice to see Warsaw Chopin make it into the top 10 on the leader board (albeit in 10th place), as it has become the first entrant into the top echelon of global FTWA providers since Week 29 of the competition (its Week 35 this week). 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
01-Aug Atlasglobal Istanbul Atatürk to Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) 36.9
03-Aug Emirates Dubai to Hanoi Hanoi (HAN) 36.8
14-Apr bmi regional Munich to Southampton Munich (MUC) 36.8
21-Sep Air China Beijing to Warsaw Chopin Warsaw Chopin (WAW) 35.8

Air China Beijing to Warsaw Chopin 21 September

Arch of Triumph win for China-Europe new routeJudge’s Comments: While this is a very good FTWA from our plucky Polish firefighters…the anna.aero judges were all distracted by the mysterious object in the skies…was this E.T. on a return visit to Earth, coming for his very own Arch of Triumph this time…I mean frankly we didn’t make him that welcome the first time he came…so I’m surprised he’s bothered to come back at all…

Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 9.2; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 9.8.

Singapore Airlines Singapore to Wellington 20 September

Singapore Airlines Singapore to Wellington 20 September

An FTWA right from Middle Earth…

Judge’s Comments: Wellington has benefited greatly from being the airport serving Middle Earth – for those of you not familiar with Lord of the Rings, this is the fictitious place where the Hobbit and the aforementioned are set, with New Zealand providing the backdrop for much of the filming. Of course, this FTWA is meant to be a replica of the Bridge of Khazad Dum where Gandalf confronts Balrog (our data elves reckon the result of the battle was a draw)…and pretty good replica it is too…but in terms of being a great Arch of Triumph…it is about as close as The Shire is to the mines of Moria…

Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 6.6; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 5.7.

Atlasglobal Istanbul Atatürk to Chisinau 21 September

Atlasglobal Istanbul Atatürk to Chisinau 21 September

Either it’s very bright in Chisinau or this image is over exposed…

Judge’s Comments: While I’m no photographic expert…I used to take some better than average shots in my youth from the tops of car parks, aircraft spotting decks and of course the Queen’s Building at Heathrow…so I know the rudimentary skills needed to take a good aircraft photo…one being don’t over expose the shot…or else you risk it looking like a bit of white out…which seems to have happened here in Moldova. Increase the shutter speed next time (that tip is free of charge too)…

Jonny: 5.8; Marc: 6.6; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 7.4.

SmartWings Ostrava to Dubai 23 September

 SmartWings Ostrava to Dubai 23 September

Odd colours to have on a fire tender…

Judge’s Comments: Call the anna.aero judges old-fashioned and traditional, but we like our airport fire trucks to be yellow, perhaps red…but certainly not the colour of watered down tomato soup on the top half…and battleship grey on the bottom…yuk! Perhaps the tender on the right has a better colour scheme…or maybe it’s worse and that’s why the photographer has removed it from the image…it’s about now that I feel I should tell you that I am actually red/green colour blind…which is the reason I’m commenting on FTWAs and not sat in the left-hand seat of that 737-800…

Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 6.6; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 7.8.

Wizz Air Kutaisi to Berlin Schönefeld 23 September

Wizz Air Kutaisi to Berlin Schönefeld 23 September

What does an airline have to do get two tenders around here…?

Judge’s Comments: ULCC Wizz Air has opened a base at Kutaisi in Georgia over the past few days, surely a slug of capacity well-worth having and certainly something to be celebrated. And yet, the airport clearly doesn’t think it’s a worthwhile enough decision by the Hungary-based carrier to warrant more than one tender to mark this occasion…maybe if Emirates decides to fly there, they might get two tenders out of the station for that…

Jonny: 4.6; Marc: 4.6; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 4.1.

Xiamen Airlines Xiamen to Seattle-Tacoma 26 September

Xiamen Airlines Xiamen to Seattle-Tacoma 26 September

Oh wow a rainbow…surely that makes us this week’s winner…?

Judge’s Comments: Quite often when excited marketing executives send us photos like this one above they say things like: “This is sure to win because our arch has a rainbow.” No. Having a rainbow does not mean you are going to win if you still have a badly structured FTWA, which unfortunately this one is…also sorry to tell you young enthusiastic marketing executives…there are no leprechauns or pots of gold at the end of them either…bah humbug!

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 7.4; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 8.1.

Aer Lingus Dublin to Hartford 28 September

Aer Lingus Dublin to Hartford 28 September

Is that fresh taxiway paint even dry yet…??

Judge’s Comments: I know that getting your first transatlantic service in nearly a decade is a moment that you want to revel in…and because of all the media exposure, airport executives will probably want to spruce up the facilities too…but this paint job looks like it was only finished the day before the Aer Lingus aircraft arrived – it’s that fresh. We actually had a man inside the aircraft on this route launch…so if you want to see what this FTWA looks like from the inside…then take a look here

Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 6.1; Paul: 6.3; Ralph: 5.9.

SAS Oslo Gardermoen to Miami 28 September

SAS Oslo Gardermoen to Miami 28 September

Tender of the Mist goes missing in Oslo…

Judge’s Comments: For any of you that have been lucky enough to visit Niagara Falls and taken the Maid of the Mist cruise up to face of those awesome, ear splitting falls, you will know that these boats often disappear into the mist thrown up by all that water plunging down around 175 feet. That’s what appears to have happened here in Oslo, we know the left-hand tender is there…but we can’t actually see it…because there’s just too much spray…

Jonny: 6.3; Marc: 5.7; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 4.9.

SAS Oslo Gardermoen to Miami 28 September

SAS Oslo Gardermoen to Miami 28 September

An almost identical arch 7,600 kilometres away in Florida…

Judge’s Comments: This FTWA is for the same Oslo to Miami route as above, but across the pond this time…however despite the distance between the two airports, the arches look almost identical in their shape and structure…although there is little mist or spray in this Miami version…whether this consistency in greeting the aircraft on this new flight was planned will remain a secret between the two airports chief fire officers…

Jonny: 7.3; Marc: 7.5; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 7.6.

GLO New Orleans to Huntsville 30 September

GLO New Orleans to Huntsville 30 September

Woo-hoo, park over here buddy…yep just to my left…as that’s where I have the luggage trolley…

Judge’s Comments: Not only is the window glare in this image distracting…but so is the reflected person on the left of the image…who is also taking a picture of this new service for Huntsville airport. That’s of course as long as it is a person…and not the Huntsville Airport ghost!! Wizards, aliens, leprechauns and now ghosts…what is going on with this commentary this week…

Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 6.1; Paul: 5.9; Ralph: 6.9.

Jetstar Airways Adelaide to Sunshine Coast 30 September

Jetstar Airways Adelaide to Sunshine Coast 30 September

Loooooooooooooooooots of Tarmac on display in Sunshine Coast…

Judge’s Comments: Perhaps this image has been taken like this to prove that the Australian airport has plenty of apron space for more new services…at least there is no clutter of airport vehicles or equipment or people obstructing the view of the FTWA…unlike what we are about to see in the next image. We do like the fact that the right-hand tender’s water jet is almost at the same angle as the clouds…

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 7.0; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 7.3.

Vistara Kolkata to Port Blair 30 September

Vistara Kolkata to Port Blair 30 September

Is that soldier meant to be ‘at ease’ or ‘attention’…its looks like neither…who is his CO…?

Judge’s Comments: There is a complete failure of the soldier’s camouflaged uniform in this image…as we can very clearly see him in this FTWA from Port Blair in India. His appearance begs a question…how would a soldier’s uniform look if it was to blend into an airport apron? Lots of grey, perhaps with some yellow and black stripes and some baggage tags hanging off the epaulettes…

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 7.0; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 6.7.

Blue Air Timisoara to Iasi 1 October

Blue Air Timisoara to Iasi 1 October

A very artistic FTWA from Romania’s cultural capital…

Judge’s Comments: Known as the Cultural Capital of Romania, Iași has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life. So some of you may be thinking that the guys in hi-viz jackets by the right-hand tender are just ordinary members of the airport’s apron staff, but they are in fact the artistic director, choreographer and runner for this FTWA…“it’s a wrap darlings” the artistic director was heard to utter (in Romanian) shortly after this picture was taken…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 7.9; Paul: 7.4; Ralph: 8.8.

Flybe Birmingham to Rotterdam 1 October

Flybe Birmingham to Rotterdam 1 October

This could be Rotterdam or anywhere…

Judge’s Comments: We often use the lyrics of the ‘Rotterdam (or anywhere)’ by The Beautiful South when we get an FTWA where there is no obvious airport branding or specific backdrop which clearly identifies where the water arch is taking place. However, our friends over in the Netherlands have not only have branded fire tenders in shot, but also the airport buildings and ATC tower to act as a further locator. So we now know that this is not anywhere…it’s definitely Rotterdam…

Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 7.6; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 7.7.

Fly Blue Crane Johannesburg to Mthatha 1 October

Fly Blue Crane Johannesburg to Mthatha 1 October

Is it the apron that is slanted…or the photographer’s arm…?

Judge’s Comments: Thank goodness that the handbrake is on for the tender on the right, as with the ground that unlevel it would have surely rolled down the apron from right to left into the incoming Fly Blue Crane ERJ 145. The anna.aero judges half keep expecting someone to come stumbling uncontrollably across the apron, chasing after some item that they dropped, which is now heading downhill at a rate of knots…

Jonny: 3.7; Marc: 3.7; Paul: 4.0; Ralph: 3.3.

Rossiya Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Dubai 1 October

Rossiya Airlines Moscow Vnukovo to Dubai 1 October

Ever wondered how an airport fire service reports on a successful FTWA? Find out here…

Judge’s Comments: We’re giving you exclusive access to an internal document from the Dubai Airports Fire Service and how its firefighters report to the Head of Fire Services on another successful FTWA. At 1627 LT. Fire commander ICV along with Fire-2 and Fire-10 Av. from main station left to stand E-10R for the water salute of inaugural flight of Rossiya Airlines, FV5733, Boeing 737-800, Reg: VQ-BCJ. At 1629 LT. ICV, Fire-02 and Fire 10 Av. have confirmed their presence on stand E-10R. Ms. Fatima of JCR, Mr. Mamoun of Airport Police ops. and ATC were informed. Fire-16 maintained standby in MFS. At 1647 LT. Boeing 737 Rossiya Airlines FV5733 landed on runway 30L. Fire commander is notified. At 1657 LT. Fire commander reported that the water salute ceremony is successfully completed and aircraft parked on stand E-10R. ATC and others concerned are informed. The flight has arrived from Moscow.

Jonny: 7.4; Marc: 7.0; Paul: 6.4; Ralph: 7.1.

Scoot Singapore to Sapporo Chitose 1 October

Scoot Singapore to Sapporo Chitose 1 October

Classic ‘Big Boy, Little Boy’ in Japan…

Judge’s Comments: Was there another route launch with a smaller aircraft off to the left, and the Sapporo Chitose firefighters were trying get a ‘buy one, get one free’ thing going? That would seem unlikely…so what we are left with is a ‘Big Boy, Little Boy’ which has failed to impress the judges, and resulted in only the seventh FTWA this year to fail to break into double figures with its score…

Jonny: 1.0; Marc: 1.8; Paul: 3.0; Ralph: 1.5.

Blue Air Turin to Pescara 3 October

Blue Air Turin to Pescara 3 October

Shaped like an A…this is an Abarth FTWA…

Judge’s Comments: Abarth is a racing car and road car maker founded by Italo-Austrian Carlo Abarth in 1949. Abarth himself was sporting director of the Cisitalia factory racing team, which folded and re-emerged under the name Abarth. It was originally headquartered in Bologna, before moving to Turin in 1951 and has been heavily involved in the Italian city’s prime industry ever since. So no explanation is needed for this A-shaped FTWA in Turin…brrmm brrmm…

Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 8.8; Paul: 7.1; Ralph: 9.2.

Blue Air Turin to Pescara 3 October

Blue Air Turin to Pescara 3 October

Was the hatched area more important to get in the image than the left-hand tender…?

Judge’s Comments: Perhaps the photographer in Pescara was also responsible for painting the apron markings…and as a result he wanted to show off his latest work to the Ops Director. As a result we completely miss out on the left-hand tender…and its water jet. We can only score on what we see, and that is 50% of an arch…

Jonny: 1.9; Marc: 3.6; Paul: 4.9; Ralph: 4.0.


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