Arch of Triumph 2016 – just one week of competition left

Last year we had 44 weeks of competition, and in 2016 it looks as if we are going to go one better with next week’s battle being the last of this year and #45. The record to beat remains 2014, as there were 46 weeks of competition that year. Of course, last year only 40 of those were competitive weeks, with four of them being un-scored public vote weeks. The average winning score of those 40 weeks was 33.1. This year, there were just three weeks of public votes, so the average winning score is taken from 41 weeks (so far)…and is ahead by the smallest margin – 0.1 – coming in at 33.2 (for those of you not good with numbers!) So the standard of global FTWAs is still rising, albeit marginally. Well done to our airport participants this year. 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

Cobalt Larnaca to Birmingham 10 December

Soggy FTWA

The aircraft was actually wetter before it went through the arch…

Judge’s comments: If there are some you that have never been to the UK and have wondered just what the weather is like during December and would it be an OK time to visit then just take a look above. At least 50% of the time this is what you would get – grey, miserable and raining. Come to think of it, this is what you get 49% of the time if you came to visit us in July or August as well. Good job the FTWAs are high quality…like this weekly winner…

Jonny: 8.5; Marc: 8.2; Paul: 8.4; Ralph: 8.1.

easyJet Basel to Funchal 6 December

Is that apron vehicle pulling that easyJet aircraft onto stand with a giant piece of elastic??

Is that apron vehicle pulling that easyJet aircraft onto stand with a giant piece of elastic…??

Judge’s comments: How many apron staff at Funchal does it take to turn around an easyJet aircraft? Quite a few by the looks of it. Clearly easyJet is paying for the gold-class handling package in Madeira…rather than its more usual silver-class package. Unless of course the handling company is trying to make a good impression on this inaugural service by throwing staff at the flight? We all know the airlines that go for the iron-class handling package…

Jonny: 7.7; Marc: 7.9; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 7.3.

Qatar Airways Doha to Krabi 6 December

Lovely rainbow, shame we can't really see the water jets that created it...

Lovely rainbow, shame we can’t really see the water jets that created it…

Judge’s comments: I’m not sure whether we have ever received an arch where there has been so much rainbow and so little water! While we do love the display of refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays through water as a component of a good FTWA, we don’t like it to dominate the arch or completely replace it. This lack of water has been reflected in the scores which have been awarded…

Jonny: 3.4; Marc: 3.8; Paul: 3.5; Ralph: 4.4.

Aerolineas Argentinas Cordoba to Punta del Este 7 December

Is this our first ever FTWA from Uruguay??

Is this our first ever FTWA from Uruguay…we’re not sure??

Judge’s comments: This FTWA got the judge’s scurrying for their record books, as we weren’t sure whether this was the first ever entry from a Uruguayan airport in the Arch of Triumph’s near four-year history. Hold on…I’m just getting something coming through in my ear…no its not, we had an FTWA from Montevideo almost two years ago to the day…as Amaszonas was welcomed to the capital in the last week of competition in 2014. It scored 27.2…slightly better than the 21.7 achieved here in Punta del Este…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 5.0; Ralph: 4.4.

Tigerair Australia Melbourne to Canberra 8 December

A severely wind-affected FTWA in the Australian capital...

A severely wind-affected FTWA in the Australian capital…we know, we’ve seen this FTWA from another angle…and it wasn’t pretty…

Judge’s comments: This FTWA was not hit by a local wind…or a tropical storm which had made it inland…but it was merely affected by some of the gusts of hot air which emanate on a regular basis from the Australian House of Representatives in downtown Canberra. Apparently there was a lively debate on town drainage taking place at the time of this FTWA. If you need to know what direction the seat of the Parliament of Australia is, the aircraft is heading right for it…

Jonny: 5.4; Marc: 6.1; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 6.1.

ViaAir Charlotte Douglas to Orlando Sanford 11 December

Lots of unwanted metal in the background at Sanford??

Lots of scrap metal in the background at Sanford??

Judge’s comments: That is either very busy maintenance hangar in the background or more likely it looks like a building where old aircraft (classic 737s and A300s by the looks of it) go to die. One wonders whether the passengers on board this first flight from Charlotte Douglas into Orlando Sanford were a little concerned as to just where they were heading and if they were going to be handed a screwdriver when they got off…

Jonny: 4.1; Marc: 7.4; Paul: 6.2; Ralph: 5.6.

China Southern Airlines Guangzhou to Adelaide 12 December

Down under FTWA

Not often you see two different coloured tenders…maybe they ran out of red paint?

Judge’s comments: So far this year we have received FTWAs from nine different airports in Australia…these being Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Brisbane West Wellcamp, Cairns, Melbourne, Mackay, Canberra and Adelaide…however just three – Sydney, Brisbane and now Adelaide – have provided us with two each. So the South Australia airport now joins the elite club along with those bigger ones from Victoria and New South Wales…

Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 6.4; Paul: 6.3; Ralph: 6.5.

Qatar Airways Doha to Mahé 12 December

OK, OK you live on a beautiful island...there's no need to show-off about it!!

OK, OK you live on a beautiful island…there’s no need to show-off about it!!

Judge’s comments: If there were to be extra points awarded for stunning backdrops to FTWAs, then looking at the above, this would get maximum points – wow! And then if that wasn’t enough, you get an elevated view of the FTWA just to finish it off – stunning! The icing on the cake would have been a mouth-watering arch to go with it, instead what have we got – a distinctly average one! Oh well…Mummy always said you can’t have everything in life…

Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 6.9; Paul: 6.4; Ralph: 5.8.

Southwest Airlines Tampa to Havana 12 December

Caribbean FTWA

The guy in the foreground must have got a bit wet…

Judge’s comments: Some apron staff just want the full FTWA experience when an airline starts a new route don’t they? Not only do they want to get in the picture and very close to the aircraft, they want to have the full sensory experience and get drenched by the fire trucks performing the arch too. I hope thier camera/phone was waterproof…

Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 7.2; Paul: 7.0; Ralph: 7.3.


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