Asia secures back-to-back wins in final rounds of 2017 Arch of Triumph

Not since week 37 of this competition – the end of September in fact – has an FTWA managed to secure enough points to make its mark on the leader board. The airport in question, Laos’ Vientiane which still sits in fourth spot overall, managed to provide a water arch worthy of scoring over 9.3 on average from each of the four judges. To get among the top 11 airports (there are two airports with the same score in joint 10th position), firefighters will need to impress the four judges enough to get them to award over 9.1 each. Looking at the table below, Europe, as expected given its high number of entries, leads the way with  nine winners, with Asia and North America providing just one each. 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

Jetstar Asia Singapore to Clark 28 November

One entry this year…one win this year…for Filipino airport Clark…

Judges’ comments: Unlike other airports in the Philippines which are let’s say more eager, Clark Airport is more targetted in its approach to the FTWA competition. Having entered the initial year of the Arch of Triumph twice, we had to wait until around this time in 2016 for the airport’s next entry. In 2017, this is the first FTWA we have had from Clark…but it has been worth the wait…as it has won this week’s battle by 0.8 points from London Gatwick…

Jonny: 9.0; Kerry: 8.9; Marc: 9.1; Nick 8.9.

Air Canada Vancouver to Melbourne 1 December

Half of the fire crew went home after two-day Air Canada flight from Vancouver…

Judges’ comments: The mind just boggles on this flight. It left Canada on the evening of 1 December…to arrive 13,000km later in Australia on the morning of 3 December…so its no wonder that only half of the fire crew were still there! On the way back it time travelled…as it arrived back in Vancouver before it actually left Australia…arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhh…my head hurts…

Jonny: 4.9; Kerry: 4.5; Marc: 4.1; Nick 5.0.

China Airlines Taipei Taoyuan to London Gatwick 1 December

Is that London Bridge? Nope…its London Gatwick’s Skybridge honey…

Judges’ comments: When you get a new prestige long-haul service arriving at your airport…this is the type of welcome you need to showcase the achievement! A finely structured FTWA underneath another fine structure. Then again we are slightly biased on this one…as Gatwick is’s home airport…but it was only good enough to secure second spot this week…

Jonny: 7.9; Kerry: 9.0; Marc: 9.2; Nick 9.0.

Philippine Airlines from Cebu to Del Carmen 1 December

Spot the difference part #1…

Judges’ comments: Cebu is not only our most prolific provider of FTWAs in Asia (18 out of the 32 sent in from the region), it is also the keenest airport entrant on the planet! And this week is no exception, as it has sent in three. However, this doesn’t surpass the airport’s most bumper week, which came at the start of S17, when we received four from the Filipino airport, all, as it is again this week, for new routes from national carrier Philippine Airlines…

Jonny: 8.0; Kerry: 8.2; Marc: 8.8; Nick 8.5.

Philippine Airlines from Cebu to Camiguin 1 December

Spot the difference part #2…

Judges’ comments: The judges had a double take with this FTWA, having just seen the previous one…were they in actual fact different photos taken from the same launch? But there are indeed subtle differences between the two…different cloud formations in the sky…there appears to be two ground personnel by the follow-me vehicle on the photo above which are not on this one…and the arch is not as good on this one…if anybody else spots any other differences…then please let us know…

Jonny: 8.0; Kerry: 8.2; Marc: 7.9; Nick 7.5.

Vueling Granada to Bilbao 1 December

Either that was a pretty heavy duty practice session or the new service just missed a downpour…

Judges’ comments: According to, December is the wettest month of winter in Granada, as there is slightly more precipitation expected in the 12th month of the year than in the months following. Historical data suggests that December receives approximately 61mm of rain, compared to January’s 53mm and February’s average of 55 mm. Looks like we received a couple of millimetres of rain on 1 December…

Jonny: 8.3; Kerry: 8.6; Marc: 8.6; Nick 8.5.

Philippine Airlines from Cebu to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 2 December

Next time…leave the zoom lens in the bag…

Judges’ comments: While the judges do enjoy getting up close to the action of an FTWA, we do have limits on just how close we need to see them…and this one in Cebu is a tad too close for comfort…look you can almost see how many fillings the guy in seat 6A has got…and the fact that lady in seat 8A is married…

Jonny: 4.7; Kerry: 4.4; Marc: 5.1; Nick 7.0.

Vueling Granada to Paris CDG 2 December

One of the judges gave an extra point for the rainbow on this one…

Judges’ comments: What a difference a day makes in terms of the weather in Granada! And there were the judges thinking that it was Northern Europe where we have such changeable weather. Apparently there is on average 10 rainfall days in Granada in December, but also an average of five hours sunshine per day…seemingly we got one of each for these two FTWAs 

Jonny: 7.0; Kerry: 8.0; Marc: 7.8; Nick 7.9.


  1. Barry M. says:

    For the Philippine Airlines new routes “Spot the Difference”, there is a fundamental difference between the photos that all your judges appeared to miss. For the “Spot the Difference #1 (Cebu to Del Carmen), the aircraft in the photo is a Bombardier Q400. The aircraft in the “Spot the Difference #2 (Cebu to Camiguin) is a smaller Bombardier Dash 8-300!

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