Kuala Lumpur wins the Arch of Triumph public vote Part II of the W18/19 season; anna.aero’s judges return to cast scores on eight entrants this week

Kuala Lumpur Condor

Kuala Lumpur secured 86% of the vote in the Arch of Triumph public vote Part II to claim victory in the second instalment of the W18/19 competition, with many loving the FTWA it produced for Condor’s inaugural service from Frankfurt. This route also took home the anna.aero Route of the Week award, given for this being the only non-stop service between Germany and Malaysia. Public voting for water arches will return at the start of the S19 season.

Kuala Lumpur secured 86% of the vote in the Arch of Triumph public vote Part II to claim victory in the second instalment of the W18/19 competition. With most of the new routes for the winter season now underway, anna.aero’s four estemmed judges have returned to cast their verdict on the eight water arches that they have been send from airports in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean as well as Asia. While none of the eight entrants this week managed to break into the top 10, with an average score of 28.5, the standard is above the average for all entries in 2018 so far – 26.7. Keep Monitoring!!

Date Route FTWA Airport Score
24-May Delta Air Lines Atlanta to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 39.7
09-Oct Transavia Eindhoven to Krakow Krakow (KRK) 38.1
30-May Donghai Airlines Shenzhen to Darwin Darwin (DRW) 38.0
10-Jun TAP Air Portugal Lisbon to Florence Lisbon (LIS) 37.9
09-Sep Air Italy Milan Malpensa to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Milan Malpensa (MXP) 37.7
2-Jul LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Chopin to Billund Billund (BLL) 37.6
05-Oct Pobeda Moscow Vnukovo to Helsinki Helsinki (HEL) 37.3
15-Jun Air Canada Rouge Montreal to Lisbon Lisbon (LIS) 37.2
01-May Ukraine International Airlines Kiev Boryspil to Delhi Delhi (DEL) 37.2
08-Apr flydubai Dubai to Krakow Krakow (KRK) 37.1

Flair Airlines Edmonton to Las Vegas 8 November

Flair Airlines Las Vegas

Las Vegas produces a bit of FTWA flair to greet Flair…

Judges’ comments: Las Vegas’ firefighters made sure that the ‘crème de la crème’ of water arch producers were on shift to welcome Flair Airlines’ inaugural flight from Edmonton. This attempt has certainly upped the game of North America’s FTWA technique, and certainly gives some flair to welcome the arrival of Flair… 

Jonny: 8.8; Kerry: 9.0; Paul: 8.4; Nick: 8.7.

Adria Airways Paderborn to London Southend 8 November 

Adria Airways, London Southend

London Southend provides a travel guide to the inaugural passengers from Paderborn.

Judges’ comments: The only reason that anna.aero’s judges can give for London Southend’s firefighters producing this broken FTWA is that they were recreating the actions of the city’s Tower Bridge as it opens up to let through large vessels, or in this case welcoming the first flight passengers from Paderborn. Otherwise, there is no good reason for this Gangnam Style FTWA…

Jonny: 6.3; Kerry: 6.0; Paul: 6.1; Nick: 6.5. 

Spirit Airlines Orlando to Medellin 9 November

Spirit Airlines Medellin

Medellin makes Disney magic for inaugural Orlando service…

Judges’ comments: In welcoming Spirit Airlines’ inaugural service from Orlando, Medellin Airport’s firefighters brought a bit of Disney sparkle to their FTWA performance, with the jets here looking not too dissimilar to the Tinkerbell flight pattern seen at the beginning of every Disney film, where she sweeps pixie dust over the castle. Fitting for a route launch from the centre of Walt Disney World Resort… 

Jonny: 8.2; Kerry: 8.6; Paul: 8.4; Nick: 8.2. 

JetBlue Airways Boston to Havana 10 November 

JetBlue Airways Havana

“Havana, ooh na-na, half of my [FTWA] heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na.”

Judges’ comments: Everytime that anna.aero’s judges think of Havana, their minds quickly turn to singing Camila Cabello’s smash-hit about the city. The full song lyrics may have been perfect to describe this FTWA if had been from East Atlanta, as the eastern side of this FTWA is certainly the stronger of the two in welcoming JetBlue Airways’ first flight from Boston. Unfortunately, the anna.aero judges don’t fully know the lyrics to Dropkick Murphys’ ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston’, the actions taken by the crew after turnaround…

Jonny: 7.7; Kerry: 7.3; Paul: 8.8; Nick: 7.9.

Sichaun Airlines Xi’an to Yangon 10 November 

Sichaun Airlines, Yangon FTWA

A bit of Sichuan pepper could have helped spice-up this water salute…

Judges’ comments: Yangon has been very active with route launch marketing in recent years, and this includes FTWAs, with this latest one from the airport celebrating the launch of Sichuan Airlines’ first flight from Xi’an. While the FTWA has a good structure, we can only say that it is let down by the cloudy skies that blur out the true arch. Maybe they should have dropped a little bit of Sichaun pepper paste in the tenders to spice-up the performance… 

Jonny: 7.3; Kerry: 7.2; Paul: 7.9; Nick: 7.4. 

Avianca Bogota to Munich 16 November 

Avianca Munich

An FTWA in homage to the Bavarian Alps.

Judges’ comments: A significant route launch requires the perfect send off, and the guys down in Bogota certainly sent the first flight away in stunning fashion. Made harder by the fact that it was going to be a night time shot, Bogota’s leading firefighters produced a splendid water arch which pays homage to the Bavarian Alps, getting the first flight passengers even more excited. 

Jonny: 8.8; Kerry: 8.2; Paul: 9.0; Nick: 8.3.

Avianca Bogota to Chicago O’Hare 17 November 

Avianca Chicago

Bogota launches a push-back FTWA…

Judges’ comments: Two FTWAs were sent to anna.aero from Bogota Airport during the past two weeks, and both have been performed during the push-back of Avianca’s inaugural flights to Chicago O’Hare and Munich, with this performed for the former. While there is an array of clutter, and what appears to be a Doctor Who Cyberman on the apron (is Jodie Whittaker filming at the airport?), even these setbacks did not distract from the broken arch sending this flight off to the Windy City…

Jonny: 6.7; Kerry: 5.8; Paul: 6.1; Nick: 6.5.

Volaris Leon to San Jose 17 November 

Volaris San Jose

If only this FTWA has some neo technology to help its performance…

Judges’ comments: While anna.aero appreciates new aircraft technology being used for an inaugural flight, we can’t help feel that the fleet scheduling is wasted when a water salute is just not right. In San Jose, we see only one tender, meaning only a maximum score of 20 is possible. However, from the water seen on the near-side of the aircraft, we know there are two tenders performing this welcome, so on this basis we can only blame the photographer…maybe they could do with a neo camera to help their photographing skills? 

Jonny: 3.2; Kerry: 3.8; Paul: 3.3; Nick: 3.2.


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