Lanzarote Airport loves its latest addition to its fire station wall – an Arch of Triumph certificate

Are these the seven proudest men in the Canary Islands? All smiles at Lanzarote Airport’s fire station were: (back row) Gonzalo Rodríguez Cabrera, Fireman; Manuel Pastrana Fernandez, Fireman; Manuel Rodriguez Montiel, Fireman; (front row) Marco Páez  Reyes, Fireman; Eduardo Muñiz González, Fireman; Pedro L García González, Fireman; and Mamerto Fernandez Placeres, Fire Chief.

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!!

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
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

We’re not meteorologists…but they look like storm clouds to us!!

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

LOST!! One airport fire tender. Responds to the name ‘Splash’…

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

Is that three or four water jets from Argentina…?

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

Are these the brightest aircraft lights ever seen on the Arch of Triumph??

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

This FTWA is a bit too angular for the discerning judges…

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.


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