Europe wins its first Arch of Triumph of 2018

Its finally happened. It has taken until the middle of March, but Europe has finally broken its non-winning streak in this year’s Arch of Triumph competition. The region got off to a slow start in 2017, not becoming a weekly victor until Week Seven last year (end-February), and it was only Week Three (end-January) in 2016 when Europe’s Montpellier Airport started its campaign that year. It now means that six different parts of the world have provided us with a weekly winner. Australasia leads the pack so far (three wins), from Asia and the Middle East (both two wins). Europe joins North and South America on one win a-piece. Yet to notch a win in 2018 are Africa and the Caribbean. With ten weeks of competition now complete, we can unveil the leader board for the first time this year, and reveal Australia’s current dominant position. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
11-Feb Qatar Airways Doha to Canberra Canberra (CBR) 35.9
28-Jan Tianjin Airlines Zhengzhou to Sydney Sydney (SYD) 35.2
09-Jan Philippines AirAsia Manila to Jakarta Jakarta (CGK) 35.0
14-Feb Frontier Airlines Denver to Jacksonville Jacksonville (JAX) 34.4
18-Jan United Airlines Houston Intercontinental to Sydney Sydney (SYD) 32.4
02-Feb Philippines AirAsia Clark to Tacloban Tacloban (TAC) 32.4
28-Feb SalamAir Muscat to Shiraz Shiraz (SYZ) 32.3
02-Jan Air Europa Madrid to Quito Quito (UIO) 31.6
25-Feb Cobalt Larnaca to Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi (AUH) 31.0
11-Mar LOT Polish Airlines Rzeszow to Tel Aviv Rzeszow (RZE) 28.2

LOT Polish Airlines Rzeszow to Tel Aviv 11 March 

Tricky night shot dealt with well in Poland…

Judges’ comments: Night shots of FTWAs are notoriously precarious, and as a result some airports will avoid even trying to undertake this part of an inaugural flight ceremony. Not Rzeszow Airport in Poland. It took on the challenge…and its efforts have been rewarded with a deserved win. We especially like the fact that even the water jets from the attending tenders are lit…dobra robota!!

Jonny: 7.1; Kerry: 6.8; Marc: 7.3; Nick: 7.0.

Iran Air Bandar Abbas to Jask 7 March

Like football…FTWAs are a game of two halves…

Judges’ comments: A bit like the football commentator that says Team A hasn’t had a shot all match and then Team A goes and scores…in last week’s competition I was talking about the rarity of FTWAs from Iranian regional airports (we had our first last week)…and then what happens…the first FTWA we receive for this week’s competition is from a regional Iranian airport…sigh…I’ll keep my mouth shut from now on…

Jonny: 6.4; Kerry: 5.7; Marc: 5.8; Nick: 6.0.

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa to Buenos Aires Ezeiza 8 March

Ethiopian Airlines

Oh dear, oh dear…where to start with this one…

Judges’ comments: Talk about apron clutter getting in the way of this picture! Too many vehicles and people disrupting the sight line of the photographer. Was the crew of the left-hand tender aiming for the aircraft or trying to get its water jet into the airbridge? Perhaps there was a member of apron staff in there that they didn’t like all that much??

Jonny: 3.4; Kerry: 3.6; Marc: 3.9; Nick: 3.7.

JetBlue Airways New York JFK to Atlanta 8 March 

JetBlue Airways Atlanta

Oi…are you aiming that water jet into my window?

Judges’ comments: A bit like having a free basketball and an empty hoop to shoot at, hitting the pilot’s open cockpit window is surely a temptation that every fire fighter around the world would struggle to resist…and that seems to be happening here at the world’s busiest airport. At least the flying jockey was probably able to get straight out of his wet uniform…unless he had to operate the flight back to JFK of course…

Jonny: 4.9; Kerry: 4.5; Marc: 4.2; Nick: 4.5.

Frontier Airlines Denver to El Paso 9 March

Frontier Airlines El Paso

Please mind the El Paso Gap…

Judges’ comments: That is one heck of a gap between the two halves of this water arch. And yes there is indeed an El Paso Gap…however it is apparently a mine in New Mexico and not located in Texas like this FTWA. Unless of course, the photographer was a bit premature with the shutter and the gap in the water jets was closed up about five seconds later…that said we can only judge what is put in front of us…

Jonny: 6.7; Kerry: 6.4; Marc: 6.1; Nick: 6.5.


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