Yeah lastchancer, you're right about the range issue. That said, there's a pretty serious competitor in Auckland whom I don't want to provoke, so limiting my range makes that a non factor. I think that competitor may have even over-expanded, so I'm hoping that he bankrupts and I can move up to Auckland and transition from regional airline to international, keeping the N262s and adding some larger aircraft. The advantage of owning just N262s is that I'm practically immune to bankruptcy. They're so efficient and cheap to run that I can't see getting into problems, even if my competitor made a concerted effort to destroy me, which would be a waste of his time. Given that my issues in this game have always been due to overexpansion, I like the idea of playing it slow. That said, I couldn't help myself and ordered a new leased N262, giving me 2.
The fokkers are definitely a nice play. I think I picked the N262 only because I could afford to buy it from the start. I may look at them later, but I'll probably just try to use the credit leverage of owning the 262 to eventually lease a 737 or something similar and take on the transtasman routes. The C240's are an attractive option, because you can expand much faster, but with the 3 pilots, 2 cabin crew and significant maintenance costs, they make you vulnerable to more efficient competitors. Of course, people might just leave Anchorage for you anyway, if you're lucky!
Good luck up North.
And do let us know how that strategy works out for you TK1244. Whatever happens, you'll have a pretty-looking route map!