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Offline swiftus27

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Small Airline Test
« on: December 18, 2010, 02:09:25 PM »
Day 1:   Starting a Small Airline in AWS.  Start day was October 14, 1984

Started at Nassau with 3 Fairchild's (or would I call them Fairchildren???)

Going to fly routes under 300nm and will not fly at night (just like in real life).

This thread is going to be a diary of how well a small airline can perform in this game.  
« Last Edit: December 18, 2010, 03:33:39 PM by swiftus27 »

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 03:32:55 PM »
I upped the fleet to 5 of these little guys.  Fairchild, you are my new friend.   Date Oct-17-1984
Current cash is: 1 358 837 USD

I am starting to see why some people get upset at staffing levels.

For example: Why do I need 2 people working in Human Resources for every plane I own?  I don't even have any cabin crew?!?!?


I have 8 ground handlers per plane.  5 planes, 4 routes (8 flights) per day...  56 flights per week or 280 total flights for the airline per week.    Assuming I have 100% LFs and each person has one bag, that means there are 5320 bags total moved.  So, in the end, each bag handler will move 130 bags per week or only 3.24 per hour (assuming a 40 hour work week).  They must be union.

Current marketing: City and nearby only.   Newspapers and Billboards
Pricing:  Default - 15%
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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010, 02:48:01 PM »
Date:  Nov 27 1984
Prices -5%
Cash: $246630

I picked up another Fairchild.  I could probably use 4-5 more to fill all the under 300nm routes out of my base.  But, those are already flown.  We shall see.  It is a good test.  I could be broke by the end of the day, though.

« Last Edit: December 19, 2010, 03:37:10 PM by swiftus27 »

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010, 08:49:33 PM »
Date Jan-16-1985
Current Funds: $517 838

I am actually trying to pay down my debt.  I will probably not survive once my leases actually kick in.

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 12:18:12 AM »
Current funds as of Mar-04 1985:  310 344 USD
The reason for the low amount of cash was the accelerated payoff of the company's debt.  The loan is now down to 1 million exactly. 

LFs are 75.9%
CI is at 21 (still the same marketing as listed above).
Ironically, I am averaging almost 83% on my KFLL routes. 

My airplane leases have started to kick in.  I am not liking the current situation. 

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 06:58:32 PM »
April 5
Current Funds: $ 356 555
LF 78.7%
Prices -5%
Loan: $967 845

I cant afford a new plane + routes.  I will see how long until I am out of cash but it is probably a couple days from now.


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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2010, 02:02:11 AM »
I realize how screwed I am.

I was making maybe 75k profit in a week.
Each of my Fairchild IIIs will need a c check soon.  Those cost 125k each.  So, that means I need to spend 2 weeks profit on a c check.  Over 6 planes, that is 12 weeks.  So, I spend 1/4 of my company's profit on C checks.  This is WAY too high for small airlines. 

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2010, 01:22:30 PM »
Well I can say I had one great breakthrough and that was because I was able to pay off my company's initial loan.  I only have 78,000 in the bank, though.   And it is almost C check season.

I wish I had more destinations to fly to as there are only so many in the short range.  


.correction.... a 0.76 year old Fairchild 3 was being leased at under value.... i borrowed a little to go get it. 

Perhaps the issue with this set up is that there are simply too many fixed costs for a small airline to survive.  The personnel structure is very top heavy.  There would not be this many Staff Employees per airplane. (Line employees are those who are more variable cost and not management) 
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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2010, 11:41:25 AM »
C checks have hit... I am now $-297000

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2010, 11:50:21 AM »
Still sitting around with nothing to do in game... -182 141 USD is my current state on September 5th.

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2010, 03:36:39 PM »
Still sitting around with nothing to do in game

You could setup a consulting service.. and I bet a lot of people here could use your services.. and in return lease you some cheap aircrafts?

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2010, 11:44:10 PM »
I actually asked Sami if I could act as a de facto mentor.  I could look at one's airline and provide tips without playing in the game.  That way, I can help new players or some others looking for a different view on things.

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2010, 11:16:28 PM »
November 5th, 1985...

I have returned to profitability.  I am currently 266 499 USD above zero.

My loan is paid in full.  I am actually making some money.  There is just not a lot to be made.  My margins are very slim but I am surviving for now.  My only hope to grow is through expansions

I am still default -5% and getting 83%lfs.

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2010, 12:14:02 AM »
November 5th, 1985...

I have returned to profitability.  I am currently 266 499 USD above zero.

My loan is paid in full.  I am actually making some money.  There is just not a lot to be made.  My margins are very slim but I am surviving for now.  My only hope to grow is through expansions

I am still default -5% and getting 83%lfs.

Why are you at default -5%?  Why not default?

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2010, 03:17:30 AM »
Why are you at default -5%?  Why not default?

Yes, I've always thought that reducing prices in small airplanes was unnecesary. And we're talking about 19-seaters, you won't find anything smaller than that except some Navajos or Caravans, so passenger will prefer you anytime.

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2010, 11:17:42 AM »
Gentlemen, have you forgotten about the comment thread?

-> http://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,27378.0.html

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2010, 01:02:09 PM »
current income sheet

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2010, 02:12:02 PM »
As you can see one of the issues involve high ground handling fees, or too high compared to other fees. Are you flying to class 5 airports mainly or use smaller airports? (either way they need tuning)

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2010, 11:27:34 PM »
Sami, it just seems as if the game hires ground staff solely on a per route/flight basis.  They should be combined with the number of pax moved instead.   Or at least some combination. 

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Re: Small Airline Test
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2011, 03:28:44 PM »
Okay, I am shutting down the test.   Let me know in the next few hours if I missed anything you want me to see.

I will do a writeup later.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2011, 03:46:07 PM by swiftus27 »

 

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