Europe has +50% of 2017 Arch of Triumph weekly victories

We’re about a third of the way through 2017, so it’s time to take stock of how this year’s competition is doing when compared to other years. Of the 13 winners scored so far by the judges (let’s not forget that there were two weeks of Public Votes recently), the average winning result is 31.7. This is lower than the average achieved in 2016, which was 33.2, but higher than the score recorded in 2014 (29.0) and 2015 (30.5). At the same point last year, Europe had won five Arch of Triumph weekly titles, ahead of Australasia with three, Asia and the Middle East with two, and South America with one. In 2017, Europe’s dominance of this competition has been pushed even further, delivering eight of the 13 winners so far, with Asia in #2 spot with just two weekly wins. However, the range of winners is more diverse this year, with seven regions splitting the awards, up from five in 2016. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
13-Apr Ural Airlines Sochi/Adler to Tel Aviv Sochi/Adler (AER) 37.6
16-Feb United Airlines San Francisco to Tampa Tampa (TPA) 37.4
08-Apr Luxair Luxembourg to Alicante Alicante (ALC 36.2
05-Feb Qatar Airways Doha to Auckland Auckland (AKL) 35.6
10-Feb Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 35.4
06-Mar Azul Airlines Belo Horizonte to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Belo Horizonte (CNF) 35.4
21-Apr Pobeda Moscow Vnukovo to Gazipasa-Alanya Gazipasa-Alanya (GZP) 33.1
27-Feb bmi regional Birmingham to Graz Birmingham (BHX) 32.6
16-Mar Air Arabia Sharjah to Baku Baku (GYD) 31.8
30-Jan Philippine Airlines Clark to Cebu Cebu (CEB) 30.1

Pobeda Moscow Vnukovo to Gazipasa-Alanya 21 April

Turkey’s first Arch of Triumph win so far this year…and the first for a while…

Judges’ comments: It has been nearly three years since a Turkish airport won a weekly title – guess which one that was? Gazipasa-Alanya! Yep…it was July 2014 when this regional Turkish airport was victorious for its FTWA welcoming the start of Turkish Airlines’ service from its main hub at Istanbul Atatürk. The only other Turkish airport to have won the Arch of Triumph was Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, again in 2014, but this time in May. These remained as Turkey’s only victories until this week…

Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 8.5; Paul 8.9; Ralph: 8.6.

Xiamen Airlines Fuzhou to Cebu 17 April

Yup…its another FTWA from Cebu…

Judges’ comments: Cebu in the Philippines is the most prolific of the world’s airports when it comes to sending the judges FTWAs this year. Win nine so far (there is another below this one), including a win in week three, the airport is way ahead of the second-placed airport, Marseille, which has provided us with four. With 113 FTWAs sent to us in the first four months of 2017, that means that Cebu has sent 7% of all entries – bravo!!

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 7.8; Paul 7.5; Ralph: 7.9.

KLM Amsterdam to Catania 22 April

KLM Catania

Sirocco wind affects this FTWA in Sicily…

Judges’ comments: Sadly for this FTWA from Catania, it appears to have been significantly effected by the Sirocco wind. The term Sirocco (sometimes also spelled Scirocco) is an all-inclusive name given to hot and subsequently humid southeast to southwest winds originating as hot, dry desert-air over Northern Africa, flowing northward into the southern Mediterranean basin. So now you know…

Jonny: 8.0; Marc: 8.4; Paul 6.5; Ralph: 7.5.

KLM Amsterdam to Split 22 April

KLM Split

Split by name…split by nature…but no split decision from’s judges…

Judges’ comments: I guess there was always going to be a split in the middle of this FTWA given where the new route baptism is taking place. However, as the judges are Arch of Triumph purists they like to see a fully-formed arch, so this FTWA has taken a hit on its score despite the local flavour which is on display here in the Croatian city…

Jonny: 6.2; Marc: 6.1; Paul 6.6; Ralph: 5.3.

Philippines AirAsia  Cebu to Davao 22 April

Clearly there is no water shortage in Cebu…

Judges’ comments: Looking at both FTWAs sent by Cebu this week, it is evident that the Filipino airport has a set location for its Arch of Triumph water arches. We’re not even sure if any of those aircraft steps have moved in the five days since the airport’s firefighters produced their first FTWA this week. The airport’s scoring is pretty consistent, with just 0.7 splitting the two FTWAs this week…

Jonny: 6.5; Marc: 7.3; Paul 7.5; Ralph: 7.7.


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