It’s a three-continent battle for Arch of Triumph supremacy in Week 28 of the 2017 competition

As we enter the main summer holiday period of 2017, it is now time for airport and airline marketers and route developers to take a well-earned rest before the beginning of W17/18. It is also time for them to take some rest to gain energy to prepare for their busy meeting schedules at World Routes in Barcelona, which is only seven weeks away!! It only seems like yesterday that’s data elves were packing up ready for Chengdu. However, while some of you are now resting, three airports from three separate continents (Asia, Europe and North America) have still been busy with route launches, and so have their firefighters. But which one has won in Week 28 of the 2017 Arch of Triumph 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
15-Jul Aeroflot Moscow Sheremetyevo to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 36.0

Cebu Pacific Air Cebu to Masbate 26 July 

Cebu Airport

Nice bit of terminal expansion promotion with this entry from Cebu…

Judges’ Comments: One of’s favourite airports in the world is Cebu. Why you may ask? Because without a shadow of doubt, you can guarantee a water arch entry for every route launch it has, and it has a lot of them, with this being its 12th FTWA entry this year!! No wonder it needs to expand… 

Jonny: 6.8; Kerry: 6.6; Marc: 6.2; Ralph: 6.5. 

Pegas Fly Moscow Zhukovsky to Baku 27 July 

Pegas Fly Baku

Left-hand tender: “Mine’s bigger than yours!”

Judges’ Comments: In a classic example of the saying ‘boys and their toys’ (and also girls), it is all about the firefighter power battle in this FTWA attempt. It is known that airport firefighters regularly dote excessively with their nozzles to get the greater jet, and it seems that the left-hand tender at Zhukovsky has won the battle this time… 

Jonny: 6.9; Kerry: 6.5; Marc: 5.6; Ralph: 7.0. 

Interjet Mexico City to Toronto Pearson 28 July 

Interjet Toronto Pearson

Is the photographer at Toronto Pearson aquaphobic?

Judges’ Comments: Never has an FTWA been photographed from so far away, with this shot spoiling and not giving credit to what looks to be a fairly good water arch. For the next route launch, we think it would be best if Toronto Pearson went for a photographer that is not afraid of water to capture the moment… 

Jonny: 4.8; Kerry: 5.0; Marc: 4.1; Ralph: 5.8. 


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