Lanzarote Airport loves its latest addition to its fire station wall – an anna.aero Arch of Triumph certificate
One thing was certain in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition…a European airport was not going to be the weekly winner, as all five entries were drawn from other regions around the world. This is the first time since the first week of September that Europe has failed to deliver a competitor. That said, the four participating regions, Asia, Australasia, the Caribbean and South America, when combined so far in 2017 have only provided 63 (18%) of the 357 FTWAs we have received since January. Auckland’s win means that the Australasian region picks up its third win of 2017…and a win/entry ratio of just below one-in-three. Keep Monitoring!!
|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|
|27-Sep||China Southern Airlines Guangzhou to Vientiane||Vientiane (VTE)||37.3|
|25-Jun||Wizz Air Košice to Cologne Bonn||Košice (KSC)||37.2|
|28-Apr||Monarch Airlines Birmingham to Porto||Porto (OPO)||36.8|
|15-Sep||Hainan Airlines Beijing to Belgrade||Belgrade (BEG)||36.7|
|07-May||Germania Fuerteventura to Toulouse||Fuerteventrua (FUE)||36.7|
|06-Sep||Icelandair Reykjavik/Keflavik to Tampa||Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF)||36.6|
|15-Jun||Ellinair Thessaloniki to Cluj-Napoca||Cluj-Napoca (CLJ)||36.4|
|20-Oct||Ernest Milan Bergamo to Lviv||Lviv (LWO)||36.4|
Samoa Airways Apia to Auckland 14 November
Judges’ comments: I was just about to write that this is the first ever FTWA we have had from Samoa Airways…which isn’t surprising really…as it is a new airline. We’re not sure if the carrier serves pancakes on board (its Fiafia saver fare includes complimentary hot box, drinks, tea, coffee, water, juice)…but the first flight to New Zealand has definitely been served up one from Auckland’s firefighters…
Jonny: 7.8; Kerry: 7.8; Marc: 7.3; Nick: 8.0.
bahamasair Nassau to Houston Intercontinental 15 November
Judges’ comments: The photographer that took this picture in the Bahamas clearly had one eye on the time…and rushed his editing of the image in order to get to that beach party he had been invited too. The result is a missing fire tender…and this week’s lowest scoring FTWA…
Jonny: 4.5; Kerry: 4.1; Marc: 3.1; Nick: 4.0.
Copa Airlines Panama City to Mendoza 15 November
Judges’ comments: Two of the main industries of the Mendoza area are olive oil and wine – in fact the region around Greater Mendoza is the largest wine producing area in Latin America. As such, Mendoza is one of the nine Great Wine Capitals, along with places like Adelaide, Bordeaux and San Francisco (Napa Valley). So it should be of no surprise that the FTWA water jets were flowing as freely as wine…
Jonny: 7.1; Kerry: 7.3; Marc: 7.5; Nick: 7.0.
Jazeera Airways Kuwait City to Hyderabad 16 November
Judges’ comments: Perhaps the Jazeera Airways crew thought they needed to put all the aircraft lights on full in order to help illuminate the FTWA here in Hyderabad? Whatever happened, the result is an arch where we can not actually see the first flight aircraft!! For all we know this might be a practice picture…and what actually emerges from the mist is an aircraft tug…
Jonny: 5.5; Kerry: 5.2; Marc: 5.7; Nick: 5.4.
Jetstar Asia Singapore to Okinawa 17 November
Judges’ comments: A classic “Tobleroning” FTWA from the Japanese firefighters at Okinawa Airport…one of the legendary Arch of Triumph styles which you can see all around the world. This style of FTWA has a bit of local flavour too, as it is known as a “Mount Omoto”, which at just over 525m, is the highest in the Okinawa Prefecture. Its also good enough for second place this week…
Jonny: 6.5; Kerry: 8.7; Marc: 7.1; Nick: 8.0.