Geneva Airport’s time to shine with a rainbow-themed Arch of Triumph

Date Route FTWA Score
13 June Kenya Airways Nairobi to Geneva Geneva Airport (GVA) 35.0
14 June Passadero Airlines Petrolina to Salvador Bahia Salvador Bahia (SSA) 34.0
14 June Laudamotion new Palma de Mallorca base Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 30.0
15 June  Gulf Air Bahrain to Malaga Malaga (AGP) 29.0
17 June TAP Air Portugal Lisbon to Washington Dulles Washington Dulles (IAD) 29.5


Kenya Airways Nairobi to Geneva 13 June

An artistic shot from the team at Geneva Airport of Kenya Airways’ inaugural service from Nairobi.

Judges’ Comments: A photographer capturing a photographer has been something of a trend on social media recently – and this excellent example from Geneva Airport makes it into this week’s winning Fie Truck Water Arch (FTWA). Aside from the artistic merit of this shot – which captures the enthusiasm of officials at Kenya Airways’ inaugural flight from Nairobi – high marks come from the accuracy of the arch, while the beautiful mountain scenery and a cheeky rainbow are a bonus.

Jonny: 9.0 Paul: 9.0 Kerry: 8.5 Nick: 8.5

Passadero Airlines Petrolina to Salvador Bahia 14 June

A midnight extravaganza from Salvador Bahia, and Passadero Airlines’ service from Petrolina.

Judges’ comments: A spectacular entry this week from the team at Salvador Bahia, featuring Passadero Airlines’ inaugural service from Petrolina. Particular commendation goes to the marshaller, who is lined up in perfect symmetry with the wings of the ATR-72.

Jonny: 8.5; Paul: 8.0; Kerry: 8.5; Nick: 9.0

Laudamotion new Palma de Mallorca base 14 June

Palma de Mallorca celebrate the opening of Lauda’s new base.

Judges’ Comments: Lauda celebrated the launch of its Palma de Mallorca base, with the photographer opting for a lower, front-three quarter perspective of this simple but elegant arch. The Austrian low cost carrier – founded in March 2018 by the late Niki Lauda – will serve 12 destinations across Austria and Germany in summer 2019 from the Balearic island airport.

Jonny: 8.0; Paul: 7.5; Kerry: 7.5; Nick: 7.0

Gulf Air Bahrain to Malaga 15 June

Gulf Air arrive in Malaga with this striking double arch.

Judges’ comments: A photograph in profile sets this entry apart, celebrating Gulf Air’s new service between Bahrain and Malaga. The wind appears to have been a struggle on that particular day, but the fire crews made up for it with a stunning additional rainbow arch under which the Bahrain Grand Prix-themed 787-9 passed. 

Jonny: 7.0; Paul: 7.5; Kerry: 7.5; Nick: 7.0

TAP Air Portugal Lisbon to Washington Dulles 17 June

Washington Dulles celebrate the launch of direct services from Lisbon.

Judges’ Comments: Washington Dulles celebrated its new transatlantic connection from Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal. The fire service certainly gains kudos for sheer power, with something of a powerful torrent.

Jonny: 7.5; Paul: 7.5; Kerry: 7.5; Nick: 7.0





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