Airports from five continents battle it out in Week Three of the Arch of Triumph 2018 competition

By the end of Week Three in last year’s Arch of Triumph competition, the judges had scored just five FTWAs from around the world, with those efforts achieving an average score of just 17.8. Skip forward to the 2018 battle for global airport marketing glory, and we have already received 13 entries, with an average score of 28.4. That said, by this stage in 2015, there had been 16 perfectly performed water arches perused over, with an average score of 24.8. If this 160% upswing in the number of FTWAs continues throughout the whole year, then the 400-water-arch barrier will be easily breached in 2018. Keep Monitoring!! 

United Airlines Houston Intercontinental to Sydney 18 January 

This FTWA needs a little bit more ooooooooommmmmmmppphh!

Judges’ Comments: With a bit more water pressure from each tender this could have been an FTWA from the top drawer. Instead we have an ugly gap in the arch. Let’s not forget that the Sydney firefighters know their onions when its comes to FTWAs, as the Australian airport has finished in second spot twice in this competition, being a runner-up to Munich in 2014 and Birmingham in 2015. With a win this week it takes second spot on the very small 2018 leaderboard…

Jonny: 8.1; Kerry: 8.1; Marc: 7.9; Nick: 8.3. 

Edelweiss Air Zurich to Orlando 16 January 

Edelweiss Orlando

You can’t help but burst into song when you see an Edelweiss aircraft…

Judges’ Comments: “Edelweiss, Edelweiss [the airline in question]; every morning you greet me [with an FTWA]; small and white, clean and bright [like the aircraft’s lights]; you look happy to meet me [all passengers on inaugural flights to Orlando get that feeling].” Some of you may be thinking that this is the famous song from the 1959 film ‘The Sound of Music’…but I can tell you that it is the song that Orlando Airport’s marketeers sing at every inaugural service…with the first line differing depending on the airline flying the first flight…so now you know… 

Jonny: 6.9; Kerry: 6.4; Marc: 6.5; Nick: 6.6. 

Amaszonas Paraguay Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro Galeao 17 January 

Rio de Janeiro Amaszonas

A local speciality FTWA…a ‘Sugarloaf’ water arch…

Judges’ Comments: At 396 metres (or 1,299 feet) above the city’s harbour and found at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain (or Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese) is the world-famous peak situated in Rio de Janeiro. Its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf….and now also a type of FTWA…

Jonny: 7.6; Kerry: 8.1; Marc: 7.4; Nick: 7.8. 

Amaszonas Paraguay Asuncion to Sao Paulo Viracopos 17 January 

Amaszonas Paraguay

Is this record amount of people we have seen watch an FTWA??

Judges’ Comments: There are 54 people (yes we have taken the time to count them all) present for this FTWA in Brazil…and that does not include any unseen watchers in any of the vehicles on the left or indeed any other airport staff cut out of the picture on the right. As this is the first Arch of Triumph entry we have ever received from Viracopos Airport, maybe they don’t happen all that often…hence the number of people on the apron. Perhaps next time they can get the right-hand tender to keep flowing until the picture has been taken…

Jonny: 3.9; Kerry: 3.4; Marc: 3.5; Nick: 3.8. 

China Eastern Airlines Guangzhou to Cebu 20 January 

China Eastern Cebu

A nice fly past by the Q400…but no right-hand tender…

Judges’ Comments: Are the world’s airports going to the next level in this year’s Arch of Triumph competition? Last week we had an FTWA with a flypast in the background of the shot…and we have another one from Cebu this week. The judges do certainly enjoy a nice flypast…but not at the cost of losing a core FTWA element…making sure both tenders are in the picture!! It should be noted that this is the first FTWA of this year from 2017’s most prolific provider of water arches…the first of many more to come no doubt… 

Jonny: 7.5; Kerry: 7.8; Marc: 8.3; Nick: 8.0. 

VLM Airlines Antwerp to Zurich 22 January 

VLM Airlines Antwerp Zurich

You know what we say about 50% of an FTWA…

Judges’ Comments: Unless the right-hand tender is hiding behind the other VLM Airlines Fokker 50 in the foreground, we think that only one fire truck turned up to provide this water arch. Surely the airport must have more than one tender? Anyway, despite two water jets from the attending vehicle…50% of an FTWA can only ever score 50% of a maximum score of 10…

Jonny: 3.2; Kerry: 4.4; Marc: 4.5; Nick: 4.4. 

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