Europe passes 100 entries in 2017 Arch of Triumph competition

We thought that it was high time that we discovered which are the most popular airlines receiving FTWAs from airports around the world. Leading the way is KLM, which has been the recipient of nine so far this year (6.0% of total), including three this week (and indeed the weekly winner!). The Dutch flag carrier is just ahead of Wizz Air, which has witnessed eight new route baptisms so far during 2017. In third spot with six was fellow LCC Blue Air. There were then a gaggle of airlines with five FTWAs, including the most-prolific route starter of them all – Ryanair, along with Volotea, Flybe and Philippine Airlines. It should also be noted that this week’s winner now has two winning performances inside the top 10 – grandes coisas Porto!! 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
28-Apr Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto Porto (OPO) 36.8
07-May Germania Fuerteventura to Toulouse Fuerteventrua (FUE) 36.7
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
15-May KLM Amsterdam to Porto Porto (OPO) 34.1
21-Apr Pobeda Moscow Vnukovo to Gazipasa-Alanya Gazipasa-Alanya (GZP) 33.1

KLM Amsterdam to Porto 15 May 

Blue is the Colour…in Porto…not Hull…

Judges’ Comments: Blue is the Colour – no not the fifth studio album from UK band The Beautiful South (released October 1996) – but this fine looking FTWA from the ANA firefighters in Porto. While it perfectly matches the colour scheme of KLM, the city’s football team – Porto FC – also plays in blue (and white) in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football. Coincidence? We don’t think so…but more than good enough to win this week…

Jonny: 7.9; Marc: 8.9; Paul: 8.9; Ralph: 8.4.

Qatar Airways Doha to Yanbu 9 May

Qatar Airways Yanbu

First ever FTWA from Yanbu in Saudi Arabia…

Judges’ Comments: This is only the second FTWA that we have received from what is the second biggest aviation market in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia (behind the UAE for any geeks reading). The first we had was for last November’s launch of domestic flights by Nesma Airlines between Jeddah and Riyadh. It scored 21.1…this one fared a little better with 24.4…

Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 6.7; Paul: 3.0; Ralph: 7.6.

Viva Air Peru Lima to Iquitos 9 May 

Viva Air Peru Lima

Yoo-hooo…park over here…

Judges’ Comments: Ever heard of a zoom lens folks…or even a digital zoom…use one next time and you can then lose a lot of that unsightly grey apron in front of the FTWA-receiving aircraft. It’s a shame because I like the Viva Air colour scheme…but we can’t really appreciate it at this distance…

Jonny: 5.8; Marc: 5.7; Paul: 4.9; Ralph: 5.3.

Flybe London Southend to Reus 10 May

That FTWA runs almost parallel to the RJ85’s wings…

Judges’ Comments: If this aircraft had wings reminiscent of a pair of leaping dolphins rather than a couple of bull seals sunning themselves on some Arctic shore then this could have been a great FTWA, as clearly the firefighters in Reus have tried to get the water jets exactly level with the RJ85’s wings…

Jonny: 6.8; Marc: 8.1; Paul: 7.5; Ralph: 8.2.

Czech Airlines Prague to Aarhus 11 May 

Czech Airlines Aarhus

Classic Gangnam Style FTWA in Denmark…

Judges’ Comments: Ohhhhhh…its been a while since we have had one of these…but this is a textbook example of Gangnam Style FTWA from Aarhus. Apparently the station commander firefighter there is the founder of the Aarhus Psy Club…which meets every week in a pub downtown…I say meets…it tends to just be him on his own…six years since the single was released and still only one member in the club…

Jonny: 5.9; Marc: 5.9; Paul: 6.0; Ralph: 6.2.

LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Chopin to Pula 14 May 

LOT Polish Airlines Pula

Oi…get out of my picture…this is my FTWA…not yours…

Judges’ Comments: Hmmmm…the 737 on the right (presumably a BBJ as none of the judges recognise the livery) is desperately trying to get in on the action of this FTWA in Pula. This kind of aircraft photo-bombing is heavily frowned upon…and as a result we have lost sight of the tender on the right…

Jonny: 5.5; Marc: 5.8; Paul: 5.5; Ralph: 5.3.

KLM Amsterdam to Gdansk 15 May 

KLM Amsterdam to Gdansk

The second of a trio of FTWAs for KLM…

Judges’ Comments: KLM is the most popular recipient of FTWAs in the world this year, with nine having now been entered. Of the previous six that have been received, four were in the S17 Public Vote weeks and were therefore not scored (they didn’t win any of the votes either). On average the remaining two FTWAs scored 27.3…so this one is well below that par…the last one (below) is much better…as is the weekly winner above…

Jonny: 5.8; Marc: 4.6; Paul: 3.2; Ralph: 3.5.

KLM Amsterdam to Graz 15 May 

KLM Graz

“The mountains are calling, and I must go…”

Judges’ Comments: At 1,445m, Schöckl Mountain is the local mountain of Graz. Featuring everything from steep slopes to an extended plateau, it is a magnet for hikers and mountain bikers alike. For those feeling lazy, you can even treat yourself to the comfortable cable car from St. Radegund. That is why this FTWA is known as the Schöckl…

Jonny: 8.8; Marc: 8.2; Paul: 7.1; Ralph: 8.5.

Nordica Tallinn to St. Petersburg 15 May

Is this the annual FTWA from the city on the banks of the River Neva….?

Judges’ Comments: Since 2014, the second year of the Arch of Triumph competition, we have received a solitary FTWA in that year, and then in 2015 and 2016 from St. Petersburg. Yet to win a weekly award, its scores have been 28.3 (2014), 31.0 (2015) and 23.5 (2016)…this year’s entry is its second best so far…with 29.5…

Jonny: 7.1; Marc: 8.2; Paul: 6.5; Ralph: 7.7.


  1. Radek says:

    regarding the LOT Q400 at Pula airport, the B737 seems to be one of Enter Air’s aircraft. Enter is a Polish charter airline.

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