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Tenerife North celebrates its Fire Truck Water Arch Part I Public Vote victory; Find out here which airport wins Part II

Tenerife North celebrates its Fire Truck Water Arche Part I victory

Aena’s Tenerife North was the winner of Part I of the W16/17 Fire Truck Water Arches Public Vote for the arch that was crafted for the arrival of Alitalia’s service from Rome Fiumicino. The crew, which comprises of ‒ Cristóbal de la Rosa Rodríguez, Firefighter; Diego Méndez Alonso, Firefighter; Mauricio Pareja Ríos, Firefighter Coordinator; Óscar Valencia Alvarez, Firefighter; Daniel Simón Batanero, Firefighter; Jesus Meléndez del Castillo, Head of Airport Operations; and Samuel del Castillo de León, Firefighter ‒ looks relaxed doesn’t it? That’s because they were the first annual champions of this competition back in 2013.

While many of you may be more concerned with the next appointment to President-Elect Donald Trump’s inner circle in the White House, most of you we think are quite rightly more bothered about finding out the winner of Part II of the W16/17 Fire Truck Water Arch Public Vote. Wait no longer. The fireworks will be being launched in France tonight as Marseille Airport, which has never won the weekly battle and has only entered the competition once before (coming fourth out of four airports in December 2014), secured 52% of the vote to see off the Canary Islands airport of Lanzarote (17%) and third-placed Fort-de-France (6%). The anna.aero judge’s favourite, Munich Airport’s effort for the arrival of Air Atlanta Iceland’s cargo flight from Greenville/Spartanburg was a respectable fourth. The French airport does not have long to revel in its victory, as nine airports are contesting the prestigious award this week. As well as the outcome of the FTWA Public Vote, we have the Cake of the Week Part II results too. That’s it until next March/April, when the Public Votes will open again for the S17 route launches, so Chief Fire Officers you have a few months to come-up with a world-beating Arch of Triumph. 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
10-Oct Qatar Airways Doha to Helsinki Helsinki (HEL) 36.4
Tenerife North celebrates its Fire Truck Water Arche Part I victory

Marvellous Marseille. The French airport didn’t just win Part II of the W16/17 Fire Truck Water Arch Public Vote, it smashed the competition apart, winning by a handsome margin of 100 votes. All 16 FTWAs which were entered last week received at least one vote.

Spirit Airlines Tampa to Akron-Canton 10 November

Spirit Airlines Tampa to Akron-Canton 10 November

Did a child take this picture…seems kinda low??

Judge’s Comments: If not a child, then perhaps the photographer was kneeling down to get a better perspective of this arch created for Spirit’s arrival from Tampa. The result is a photo where the patchwork apron at Akron-Canton Airport is the focus and a bit of a distraction, not the rather good FTWA which has resulted.

Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 8.8; Paul: 8.8; Ralph: 8.6.

Fly KISS Lille to Brest 8 November

Fly KISS Lille to Brest 8 November

It’s hard to tell where the rain ends and the FTWA starts…

Judge’s Comments: Bleeeeeeuuuuurrrrrgh! This is not the noise that the Chief Fire Officer at Brest Airport made after he bit into an out-of-date Far Breton (a dense custard dessert), but the sound he made when we saw the weather out of his office window the morning of the Fly KISS inaugural flight from Lille. Needless to say the Far Breton ended up in the bin…which is probably where this FTWA should be too…

Jonny: 5.1; Marc: 5.2; Paul: 4.5; Ralph: 6.1.

Fly KISS Brest to Nice 8 November

Fly KISS Brest to Nice 8 November

What a difference 115 minutes of flying time makes…

Judge’s Comments: Ahhhhh, France’s Côte d’Azur…the sand…the sea…and most importantly the sun!! You would not believe this was the same day in the same country and the same aircraft to the FTWA above…but it is. While this wind-affected arch is slightly better than the one the ERJ 145 received in Brittany that morning…the blue sky itself makes you feel immediately better. The weather is the main reason why one of anna.aero’s judges is heading to France’s Mediterranean Coast next summer for his family holiday rather than his normal haunts in Brittany or Normandy…

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 6.3; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 6.6.

Interjet Mexico City to Las Vegas 10 November

Interjet Mexico City to Las Vegas 10 November

Of course, Vegas has to do it bigger and better…

Judge’s Comments: Not to be outdone by the French, or indeed anywhere in the world, the weather in Las Vegas, where everything is bigger and brasher, certainly looks hot. However, November temperatures are typically in the mid to high-teen degrees centigrade, although today’s weather (14 November) was a pleasant-enough 22°C. While that might be unseasonably hot for the time of year…this FTWA was more on the chilly side…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 6.9; Paul: 7.7; Ralph: 5.5.

JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale to Holguin 10 November

JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale to Holguin 10 November

Any ideas which airline is about to be baptised??

Judge’s Comments: We have had plenty of foreground clutter when it comes to FTWAs, but we have never had appropriately-branded apron clutter before. The question is, what is this JetBlue tensabarrier doing out there…or does the line for check-in stretch that far it comes out of the terminal building…? Perhaps it was all a ploy by the photographer to subvert a bit of further brand placement for Holguin’s new arrival??

Jonny: 3.6; Marc: 4.0; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 3.3.

Air China Chengdu to Sydney 11 November

Air China Chengdu to Sydney 11 November

Aircraft three seconds too early or fire tenders three second too late…??

Judge’s Comments: You get the feeling with this FTWA that if the water jets could have just had a few extra seconds to get up to full tilt before the aircraft arrived, then this could have been a great arch. Having checked Flightradar24, we know that the flight arrived bang on-schedule, so it’s not like the aircraft arrived early and caught the fire crews unawares…maybe the captain was in a hurry to get to the crew hotel after his 10½ hour flight…

Jonny: 7.7; Marc: 6.7; Paul: 7.6; Ralph: 4.7.

Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong to Auckland 11 November

Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong to Auckland 11 November

Auckland Airport…currently holding fourth position in the best FTWAs of 2016…

Judge’s Comments: Back in Week 23 of this competition, Auckland Airport stormed into the top 10 airports providing FTWAs in 2016, stealing fourth spot from Delhi. Since then, the New Zealand airport has gone pretty much unchallenged, with three other airports making it into the highest water arch echelons, but all safely below Auckland. Will this FTWA see the airport climb up any higher in this competition? Kahore (no in Maori).

Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 5.9; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 5.1.

Southwest Airlines Fort Lauderdale to Varadero 13 November

Southwest Airlines Fort Lauderdale to Varadero 13 November

Is this FTWA anywhere near the aircraft?? Or just very small…

Judge’s Comments: Maybe this FTWA is a weird sort of optical illusion…but does anyone else agree that this arch looks like it is nowhere near the Southwest aircraft? Or maybe the crew in the left-hand fire tender are trying to copy the angle of the crane working hard in the background on extending/improving facilities at Fort Lauderdale? Like many things that happen in the US, it will remain a mystery to those of us observing from overseas…

Jonny: 5.7; Marc: 4.5; Paul: 4.1; Ralph: 3.6.

Southwest Airlines Fort Lauderdale to Varadero 13 November

Southwest Airlines Fort Lauderdale to Varadero 13 November

Inside shots of FTWAs are great, but you only get to see half…

Judge’s Comments: So far during 2016, there have been just seven FTWAs from the Caribbean region including this week’s offering from Holguin, and this one from Varadero, also from Cuba. In fact this is now the fourth FTWA from the Caribbean island this year, with two being created for the arrival of US scheduled flights back onto Cuba, like this one for Southwest Airlines (the other was for JetBlue Airways), and one for Copa Airlines’ flights from Panama City to Holguin. With the barriers now down between Cuba and the US in terms of allowing more flights…there could be many more Cuban FTWAs…although that may depend on the thoughts of the President-Elect…

Jonny: 2.7; Marc: 2.9; Paul: 3.2; Ralph: 2.8.


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