Los Angeles crowned Arch of Triumph champions 2017

It will certainly be champagne all round at Los Angeles Airport in early 2018, as it has been crowned the 2017 Arch of Triumph victor with this lovely bubbly water arch in the penultimate week of the competition. The US airport de-throned Russia’s Sochi/Adler, which had held the top spot with a score of 37.6, bettered on 20 December with this effort, which garnered an impressive 9.68 per anna.aero judge.

After dominating the competition for the first four years of its existence, Europe will not be providing the 2017 winner of the Arch of Triumph trophy. North America, and more precisely Los Angeles, stole this year’s title in the penultimate week of competition, from a European airport – Sochi/Adler in Russia – with a whopping score of 38.7. The top 10 leader for the 2017 competition can be found below. The US airport also takes third spot in champion of champions table, behind last year’s winner Lisbon, which scored 39.0, and the 2014 title holder Munich, which delivered a robust tally of 38.9 in 2014. However, Los Angeles is ahead of Birmingham, the 2015 victor, which scored 37.9, and the winner in the initial year of competition in 2013, Tenerife North, with a result of 36.2. 2017 was finally confirmed as the biggest year ever for FTWA entries, with a massive 393 delivered to the anna.aero judges over the last 12 months, 33 more than the previous largest tally of water arches last year. Hopefully 2018 will be even bigger and better. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
18-Dec Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong to Los Angeles Los Angeles (LAX) 38.7
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

IndiGo Hyderabad to Mangalore 21 December

Is this an NYC, Rocky Road or The Elvis FTWA??

Judge’s Comments: At the Diesel Cafe in Balmatta in downtown Mangalore you can get either NYC (original American-style pancakes with blueberry compote), Rocky Road (Nutella and chocolate chip) or The Elvis (peanut butter, chocolate chip and caramelised bananas) pancakes, all attractively priced at 275 rupees (around €3.60). Clearly Mangalore Airport’s firefighters are regular customers at this cafe, given the style of FTWA they created for this route launch…

Jonny: 7.9; Kerry: 8.4; Marc: 8.2; Nick: 8.5.

Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen to Phnom Penh 20 December

The structure of this FTWA image is almost perfect…

Judge’s Comments: There are several critical elements involved in creating the perfect FTWA – including getting the airport and airline branding clearly in the shot…which has been achieved effectively here by the firefighters and photographer at Phnom Penh. If anything, it is the water arch itself which lets down this offering. The concrete at the Cambodian airport is also almost as white as the front of the Shenzhen Airlines aircraft…

Jonny: 7.1; Kerry: 7.0; Marc: 7.8; Nick: 7.5.


Azimuth Airline Rostov-on-Don to Sochi/Adler 22 December

Last throw of the Arch of Triumph dice for Sochi/Adler…

Judge’s Comments: Having been top of the leader board for over seven months (from mid-April until mid-December) it was clear that Sochi/Adler Airport was going to have one last attempt at trying to claim back its long-held crown in the last week of the 2017 competition. However this FTWA smacks of them almost trying too hard…with the right-hand tender giving us a forceful and straight water jet…while the left-hand one is perhaps trying to be too delicate…oh well guys…second place overall from nearly 400 FTWAs this year is a great result, and maybe 2018 will be your year…

Jonny: 7.5; Kerry: 7.3; Marc: 7.9; Nick: 7.8.

AirAsia Kuching to Shenzhen 26 December

This FTWA was performed following the arrival back at Kuching (origin) after completing the first round trip to Shenzhen (destination)…

Judge’s Comments: Normally origin airports undertake their FTWAs for route launches on the departure of the inaugural flight…with destination airports often using the arrival of the aircraft as the opportunity for their water arch welcomes. However at the origin airport of Kuching, because of the departure time (22:45) of the first flight, it was better for them to capture the important event once the aircraft had returned from China at 07:50 the following morning…and the resulting FTWA was worth the wait…

Jonny: 7.8; Kerry: 7.7; Marc: 8.5; Nick: 8.2.

Tianjin Airlines Xi’an to Auckland 30 December

Hey bro…you might wanna move your tender a bit closer to the aircraft next time…

Judge’s Comments: Want to learn some Kiwi slang? Of course you do! The left-hand tender on this FTWA might have thought his positioning was ‘all good’…and that they were going to produce a ‘hardout’ water arch…however the anna.aero judges think that the firefighters were more concerned with getting back to the station for a ‘feed’…

Jonny: 5.8; Kerry: 6.0; Marc: 6.2; Nick: 5.9.


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