Sochi/Adler shows off its first ever Arch of Triumph certificate
Coloured dye in FTWAs has an impressive strike rate when it comes to delivering weekly winners (and in some instances annual winners) in the Arch of Triumph competition. If an airport’s marketing team wants to seal FTWA glory for its route launch then take note…buy some dye to put into your water jets. Even better, as they did this week in Porto, get dye which matches the colour scheme of the airline which is flying your inaugural. You are then almost guaranteed a weekly Arch of Triumph win. Bribing the anna.aero judges with trinkets always works too. Keep Monitoring!!
|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|
|28-Apr||Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto||Porto (OPO)||36.8|
|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|
Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto 28 April
Judges’ comments: Although Monarch Airlines’ new routes have received FTWAs in the past – two last year and one in 2015 – this is the first time it has won a weekly award. Always going to happen when the airport has laid on the coloured dye in the water jets…
Jonny: 9.2; Marc: 9.0; Paul 9.8; Ralph: 8.8.
airBaltic Riga to Kazan 26 April
Judges’ comments: There is so much drama in this image that you almost don’t look at the FTWA…which is not the best…particularly as Kazan’s only other entry in 2014 was a weekly winner…
Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 6.7; Paul 6.0; Ralph: 6.2.
Condor Hamburg to Malta 26 April
Judges’ comments: This picture does not have the normal azure blue skies that brings millions of tourists to Malta every year…it also means that this FTWA gets lost in the bland backdrop…
Jonny: 6.1; Marc: 6.9; Paul 6.0; Ralph: 7.7.
Ural Airlines Moscow Zhukovsky to Tel Aviv 26 April
Judges’ comments: When you are the new kid in town – as Zhukovsky Airport is in Moscow – there is always the inclination to try and make more noise than average to make sure that you stand out alongside the bigger fish in the pond. It’s definitely trying hard, but not quite hitting the mark here…but there are plenty more route launches in the pipeline for this new kid…
Jonny: 7.5; Marc: 6.7; Paul 6.5; Ralph: 5.7.
Belavia Minsk to Brussels Charleroi 27 April
Judges’ comments: This is a great FTWA, and scored high enough to get into eighth spot on the overall leader board…however it only managed to secure second spot in this week’s competition…and all because of coloured dye…
Jonny: 9.0; Marc: 8.8; Paul 8.7; Ralph: 8.1.
Blue Air Constanta to Rome Fiumicino 27 April
Judges’ comments: This celebration was to mark the start of Blue Air’s Constanta base opening this week…two problems…a bit more FTWA training is clearly needed before the next airline starts a route at the Romanian airport…and no photo-bombing of official pictures by random airport staff…
Jonny: 4.3; Marc: 4.5; Paul 5.5; Ralph: 3.7.
easyJet London Southend to Murcia 27 April
Judges’ comments: I have heard of various forms of transport needing to be aware of low bridges…but never low FTWAs. This arch is far too flat…remember its structure needs to resemble a pair of leaping dolphins…
Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 8.3; Paul 8.8; Ralph: 8.3.
Air Moldova Chisinau to Krasnodar 28 April
Judges’ comments: Too much spray in this image…that normally means that the fire tenders have begun their water jets too early…like comedy…timing is everything in this game…
Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 7.7; Paul 7.1; Ralph: 7.6.
Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu to Dubai Al Maktoum 28 April
Judges’ comments: Unfortunately for the firefighters down at the station at Dubai Al Maktoum Airport…the most eye-catching thing about this picture is the striking livery of the Himalaya Airlines aircraft…resplendent with mountains (of course) on the tail…
Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 6.5; Paul 7.0; Ralph: 6.5.
Korean Air Seoul Incheon to Barcelona 28 April
Judges’ comments: Oh dear, oh dear…terminal interior shots of FTWAs always run the risk of having window glare distracting the eye rather than the water arch…maybe this airport staff member is not permitted to have access to the apron…clearly the weather was nice enough to want to venture outside…
Jonny: 8.8; Marc: 8.1; Paul 8.5; Ralph: 8.7.
Air Canada Toronto Pearson to Savannah 1 May
Judges’ comments: One control tower looks pretty much like another…but a lot of airports like to get this piece of essential infrastructure into their route launch images to give a sense of location…we would rather have some more prominent airport branding on display…
Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 6.5; Paul 6.8; Ralph: 7.8.
Flybe London Southend to Cologne Bonn 1 May
Judges’ comments: Almost as important as the structure of the arch itself, the inclusion of both fire tenders is a pre-requisite for the anna.aero judges…for all we know there could be a man with a hose on the left-hand side of this picture and they have obviously cut him out to save embarrassment…
Jonny: 7.2; Marc: 7.2; Paul 7.5; Ralph: 7.3.
Norwegian Malaga to Hannover 1 May
Judges’ comments: This route by the LCC from Malaga to Hannover is the first of three routes that Norwegian will start to the German airport this summer…one can only hope that the airport’s FTWAs get progressively better as the new flights get introduced…
Jonny: 7.8; Marc: 7.9; Paul 7.2; Ralph: 8.1.