Cluj-Napoca celebrates its fourth Arch of Triumph victory

Last week, Cluj-Napoca Airport won its fourth Arch of Triumph certificate – having picked up three in 2016 – yet looking at this picture the firefighters’ excitement seems as fresh as when the Romanian airport achieved its first win last year. Pleased as punch were: Claudiu Sacara; Razvan Cobarzan; Adrian Bondor; Sergiu Pop; Ion Lipovan; Dorel Lipovan; and Victor Mera.

Back in 2015, Košice Airport managed to muscle-in on a leader board that featured industry heavy-weights like Sydney, Hong Kong, Portland and Bengaluru to steal sixth place overall. Looking at the table below, although admittedly with still five months of 2017 to go, it has improved its standing in the Arch of Triumph world with an impressive fourth spot for its FTWA this week. Its score is better too, notching up an extra 0.1 from each judge to see its 37.2 result improve from the 36.8 it tallied two years ago. What this goes to show is that despite the mega-marketing budgets of some bigger global hubs, secondary airports of the world can make a primary impact on this competition. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
13-Apr Ural Airlines Sochi/Adler to Tel Aviv Sochi/Adler (AER) 37.6
25-May Delta Air Lines New York JFK to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 37.5
16-Feb United Airlines San Francisco to Tampa Tampa (TPA) 37.4
25-Jun Wizz Air Košice to Cologne Bonn Košice (KSC) 37.2
28-Apr Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto Porto (OPO) 36.8
07-May Germania Fuerteventura to Toulouse Fuerteventrua (FUE) 36.7
15-Jun Ellinair Thessaloniki to Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) 36.4
07-Jun Air China Beijing to Zurich Zurich (ZRH) 36.3
08-Apr Luxair Luxembourg to Alicante Alicante (ALC) 36.2
16-May Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Milan Bergamo Milan Bergamo (BGY) 35.9

Wizz Air Košice to Cologne Bonn 25 June

Close to FTWA perfection in Košice…

Judges’ comments: In 2015, Košice managed to attain sixth spot in the overall competition, with a score of 36.8. Far from spurring it on to greater things, by contrast last year the Slovakian airport only sent us one entry, and it has taken it until this week to send us its first of 2017. This FTWA…

Jonny: 9.2; Kerry: 9.1; Marc: 9.4; Ralph: 9.5.

Scoot Singapore to Athens 20 June

A wind-effected FTWA in the Greek capital…or an act of (Greek) God?

Judges’ comments: Clearly the Greek Gods were not on-side for this FTWA in Athens. Is there a Greek God for water arches? I know that Poseidon is the God of the Sea…so maybe there is a lesser God, perhaps a cousin or a more distant relative that looks after water arches? If anyone knows…then please let us know!!

Jonny: 6.8; Kerry: 6.5; Marc: 6.9; Ralph: 7.2.

Condor Munich to Seattle-Tacoma 21 June

The low-down angle of this FTWA picture is very pleasing to the eye…

Judges’ comments: The Seattle area is the cloudiest US region, so the weather on 21 June was clearly a great day. Despite having a reputation for frequent rain, Seattle actually receives less precipitation than many other US cities like Chicago or New York. However, it has many more “rain days”, when a light drizzle falls for days on end. In an average year, at least 0.01 inches (0.25 mm) of precipitation falls on 150 days, more than nearly all US cities east of the Rocky Mountains…so no water shortage for this FTWA…

Jonny: 6.1; Kerry: 6.7; Marc: 7.1; Ralph: 6.5.

Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Valencia 22 June

Unlucky for Valencia…tender #13 needed more power on its water jet…

Judges’ comments: Having provided with no FTWAs in 2013 or 2014, Valencia announced itself to the Arch of Triumph world in 2015 with a single entry. It became more competitive last year, with its three offerings between April and June, but this is its first entry so far in 2017. However, despite its efforts the weekly win has still eluded the Spanish airport…and that looks set to continue…at least for now…but at least it has five more route launches yet to come this year…

Jonny: 7.2; Kerry: 7.9; Marc: 7.7; Ralph: 7.7.

Philippine Airlines Cebu to Tagbilaran 22 June

FTWA world domination continues in the Philippines…

Judges’ comments: What’s remarkable about Cebu? Is it the fact that it’s the oldest city and the former capital of the Philippines? Nope. It’s the fact that the airport is the most-prolific provider of FTWAs this year…with a massive 11…so far! Second-placed Barcelona is miles behind with a paltry six by comparison. Panatilihin ang mga ito up Cebu!

Jonny: 6.8; Kerry: 8.1; Marc: 7.5; Ralph: 8.0.

Avianca Brazil Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Miami 23 June

A dramatic night-time shot in Brazil…

Judges’ comments: Looking at this image it’s like the water jets are not just arching over the Avianca A330, but it’s almost like they are keeping a lid on the airport lights escaping into the Brazilian night sky…how did they do that??

Jonny: 8.2; Kerry: 8.2; Marc: 7.9; Ralph: 7.7.

Avianca Brazil Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Miami 23 June

Can you even see any water from the left-hand tender???

Judges’ comments: Night-time has disappeared into day-time for the Avianca aircraft, which has now arrived in Miami after its evening departure from Brazil (see above). Something else seems to have disappeared too…the water needed for a water arch. Given where the A330 is, perhaps the left-hand tender crew already have their hearts (and stomachs) back at the station ready for elevensies…

Jonny: 2.9; Kerry: 3.7; Marc: 3.1; Ralph: 3.4.

Condor Frankfurt to Pittsburgh 23 June

Just a heavy shower…or some heavy-duty pre-inaugural flight arrival practicing…

Judges’ comments: We’re loving the reflection of the Condor aircraft in this picture – something we promoted in this feature a few weeks back that we would like to see more of – but what the judges are unsure of is whether this was a rain shower or simply FTWA practicing that led to the drenched apron? We’re thinking the latter, as the right-hand tender seems to be running a bit low on water…

Jonny: 5.1; Kerry: 4.2; Marc: 5.5; Ralph: 4.1.

Gulf Air Bahrain to Tbilisi 23 June

No doubting the star of this picture…could do with straightening up the aircraft a little bit more though…just off the centreline…

Judges’ comments: “Hey Nikoloz…make sure you get me in the picture…I’m the important guy round here, you can tell that by my impressive baton work…” “Yes Saba…but you were also the guy that parked that A310 over there the wrong way round the other day too…”

Jonny: 5.5; Kerry: 6.0; Marc: 7.4; Ralph: 6.3.

Volotea Verona to Menorca 24 June

Wanted – one zoom lens for Menorcan photographer…or a taxi to get him/her closer to the action…

Judges’ comments: There is so much unattractive grey apron concrete between us and the Volotea aircraft arriving on the inaugural flight from Verona…that it almost seems to be reflecting upwards and making that typical Menorcan blue sky look a bit drab. Maybe the photographer should put a bigger zoom lens on his/her birthday list this year…

Jonny: 5.3; Kerry: 5.6; Marc: 6.2; Ralph: 4.7.

Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul to Sao Paulo Guarulhos 25 June

Not seen one of these for a while…a new cargo route FTWA…

Judges’ comments: This is the first FTWA for a cargo route launch that we have had so far this year. After receiving two – both Qatar Airways Cargo, and both weekly winners – in 2014 and one in 2015 (Ethiopian Airlines Cargo), last year drew a blank…so it’s nice to get one under the belt for 2017…and with a rainbow too!!

Jonny: 7.6; Kerry: 8.1; Marc: 8.0; Ralph: 7.9.



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