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Author Topic: What is the best start up plane to lease?  (Read 1188 times)

Offline Marksw76

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What is the best start up plane to lease?
« on: May 02, 2010, 11:57:00 AM »
Obviously the first answer would be a 737 classic, but as half decent ones of these are hard to come at the moment, what does anyone think a good equivilant would be?

727s/737-200s/DC9's seem old and thirsty

MD 80 series are ok but seem to be unreliable

757s are nice (mine are!) but are heavy on staff overheads and turnarounds

Airbus's seem expensive to lease
And most people say avoid Russian planes

What about 717's in the future?

WHat is everyones opinion..?

Thanks

Offline ekaneti

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 11:58:39 AM »
The MD-80 is good. It is not an unreliable plane.

I would use 733, 734 or MD80

Offline Sami

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2010, 12:00:17 PM »
It all depends on what sort of operation you are after..  Dc-9 and 757 are already totally different kind of planes.

But get anything with condition above 80% and age less than about 15y and you should be ok. Remember to offer some C class seats too, for extra income.

Offline Wing Commander Chad Studdington

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2010, 12:00:54 PM »
I go for A320s, B737NG if about, if not -300 and -400 and 757s if they are about.

Russian a/c get more flak (pun not intended) than they deserve. I had a Tu-154 that made me some decent cash early on. They may cost more for fuel and maintenance but it made me a decent profit and cheap to get hold of as. As long as you get one with a long time 'till it's C-Check and get rid of it when said C Check arrives they are good for new airlines.

What I might try in a future game is running a Russian only airline.  ???

matte629

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2010, 12:15:11 PM »
I'm having MD-80, i'm happy with them. Would else take A320 or B735 but since MD is less popular, it's more easy to get them.

DenisG

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 01:16:47 PM »
And watch out, as the prices for used planes often exceed their value by some 35%, making your lease costs become unsustainable in the long run.
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GDK

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 01:34:16 PM »
You got $6m for starting. That is sufficient for you to get 2 A300B2 and put them on high demand short haul routes. You'll get high revenue and yield value. Soon you'll be able to lease 1 MD80 per week.

Offline Unbornio

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010, 01:38:36 PM »
If you're basing in USA, the 757 is probably the best choice.

If you're in Europe, the A300 is a cash-cow. Or you could go with A320s or 737s.

Never choose MD-80s, -90s, or 717s (unless they are your only choice). They have low range and often, the A320s and 737s are more suitable replacements in many other terms.
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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2010, 08:26:29 AM »
No matter what happening, just be patience. You need to wait and refresh the used aircraft page frequently to get a good plane. A300, B757, B737 and MD80 are now very rare in the market.... all sold out :(

I leased a Tristar because I can't get my favourite A300 there. Now I'm regreting for my impatience...  :(

Offline Unbornio

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Re: What is the best start up plane to lease?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010, 11:33:52 AM »
Try to lease DC-10s over Tristars. Though, in the short run, these make good money, just a bit under A300.
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