Congratulations Krakow! Polish airport celebrates first-ever Arch of Triumph win

Last week LOT Polish Airlines began a weekly operation from Krakow to Chicago O’Hare, and the FTWA for the route launch came away with the Arch of Triumph award. Receiving the certificate on behalf of the Polish airport – the first time in four attempts that it has won – were Roman Kielin, the fire brigade Commanding Officer, the airport CEO Radoslaw Wloszek and the airport’s jubilant fire crew.

With a score of 34.8, this week’s winner from Germany only managed to gain 15th position on the overall leader board. That said, its performance is above average in terms of the scores that the 24 victors have achieved in the 2017 competition. The mean (not our scoring) result so far this year is 33.5. That’s ahead of the overall 2016 average (33.2), and that of 2015 (33.1), 2014 (30.0) as well as our inaugural year of competition in 2013 (28.5). Clearly there has been a steady improvement in the standards of FTWAs that we are receiving week-on-week. Its nice to know that the four judges have had a such a positive impact on global Arch of Triumph delivery over the past five years. 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

Eurowings Palma de Mallorca to Friedrichshafen 4 July

Eurowings Friedrichshafen

FTWA = Friedrichshafen’s Talented Wizards of Aqua…

Judges’ comments: This week we have changed the meaning of the abbreviation FTWA from Fire Truck Water Arch to Friedrichshafen’s Talented Wizards of Aqua, with the German airport’s firefighters casting a spell of magical wonder with this water salute greeting Eurowings’ new link from Palma de Mallorca. Here is hoping the remaining weekly winners for this year are just as spell-binding…   

Jonny: 8.5; Kerry: 8.9; Marc: 8.7; Ralph: 8.7.

Qatar Airways Doha to Nice 4 July

Qatar Airways Nice

WARNING! The next Qatar Airways FTWA we receive will be witnessed live by one of our judges…

Judges’ comments: While Nice has presented a splendid FTWA here to greet the return of Qatar Airways after a four-year hiatus, the next airport that will be welcoming the MEB3 member – Skopje – will have added pressure for their water arch salute, as an judge will be on-board the first flight from Doha! Get practicing Skopje, we expect something special, as the last time we were on-board a Qatar Airways inaugural flight – Auckland – it went straight to the top of the leader board… 

Jonny: 7.9; Kerry: 7.7; Marc: 8.5; Ralph: 8.0.

American Airlines Chicago O’Hare to Appleton 5 July

Appleton American Airlines

We proudly support the efforts from Wisconsin’s Appleton Airport…

Judges’ comments: This American Airlines service from Chicago O’Hare is only the Wisconsin airport’s eighth scheduled route…making it by far the smallest airport in this week’s competition. Regional European airports Friedrichshafen (16 routes) and Brest (19 routes) are almost titans by comparison! And to go up against behemoths like Melbourne, Orlando and Nice is a brave effort…Appleton we salute you…as you salute your new route…

Jonny: 6.8; Kerry: 6.6; Marc: 5.7; Ralph: 6.4.

American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth to Spokane 5 July

American Airlines Spokane

The left tender is a bit too excited for Spokane’s new Texas link…

Judges’ comments: It would appear that the left tender was a bit too enthusiastic as it saluted American Airlines’ new service to Dallas/Fort Worth, resulting in a break of curvature in the arch and indeed an over-squirting of the jet. Luckily the right tender managed to keeps its cool to maintain some dignity for Spokane…   

Jonny: 7.1; Kerry: 7.3; Marc: 7.1; Ralph: 7.2.

Virgin Australia Airlines Melbourne to Hong Kong 5 July

This FTWA was almost missed…by the fire crews!!

Judges’ comments: We have taken this screenshot of the FTWA from a video we were sent (nobody had a camera at this launch obviously)…and when we were watching it we thought at one point that it was going to be another dry FTWA (we had two last week)…as the aircraft appeared to be slipping past the fire crews unnoticed…I mean its only 60m long…who would notice that!! Fortunately the aircraft stopped to receive its baptism…

Jonny: 4.5; Kerry: 5.0; Marc: 5.5; Ralph: 5.0.

Etihad Regional Geneva to Brest 6 July 

Etihad Regional Geneva Brest

Good job the firefighter’s in Brest did not look to the Jet d’Eau for inspiration…

Judges’ comments: One of the key sites of Geneva is its lake fountain – Jet d’Eau. 500 litres of water per second are jetted to an altitude of 460 ft by two 500 kW pumps, operating at 2,400 V, consuming one megawatt of electricity. That power means water leaves the nozzle at a speed of around 200 kilometres per hour. I wouldn’t like to see a Saab 2000 trying to survive that sort of nozzle thrust… 

Jonny: 6.7; Kerry: 7.8; Marc: 8.9; Ralph: 7.8.

Air India Delhi to Washington Dulles 7 July

The Washington ‘DULL’-es FTWA…

Judges’ comments: Although the arch produced by Washington Dulles is not too bad, the lack of tenders in view and the weather puts a dull aspect on this FTWA which greeted Air India’s new service from Delhi. Luckily the economic value of this route is more likely to pay off for Air India in increased tourism, investment and business development rather than water arch credentials of its newest destination…

Jonny: 6.5; Kerry: 6.9; Marc: 8.8; Ralph: 7.4.

Eurowings Cologne Bonn to Orlando 7 July 

Eurowings Orlando

An arch as wavy as Eurowings’ livery..

Judges’ comments: The firefighters in Orlando must have looked to its newest airline’s livery for inspiration for this FTWA, with the tenders producing an arch which is as curved as that on the paint job of Eurowings’ tail. At least this attempt is better than the last FTWA we received from Orlando, which scored only 3.1!  

Jonny: 5.9; Kerry: 6.2; Marc: 6.1; Ralph: 6.1.

HOP! Montpellier to Ibiza 8 July

The props on that ATR 42 are slicing through the water jets in Montpellier…

Judges’ comments: The photographer that took this image also sent us another version of this picture…where he or she had applied some sort of ‘effect’ to the original shot. It looked great, but unfortunately its inadmissable for this competition, as tampering with images is strenuously discouraged by all of the judges. If you want to see it…take a look here…as we used it elsewhere in this week’s newsletter…

Jonny: 8.3; Kerry: 8.1; Marc: 7.9; Ralph: 8.1.


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