And now you know why everyone says to fly the short routes first.
There is no "realism" with distance and price in real-life. It's hardly a linear relationship where a route being twice as far would be twice the price, or anything even remotely close to that.
For example, right now:
SWA from LAX-LAS $104 (about $0.50/mile)
SWA from LAX-DEN $79 (about $0.08/mile)
SWA from LAX-DAL $109 (about $0.11/mile)
SWA from LAX-LGA $149 (about $0.07/mile)
So for the price of flying to Vegas, just some 200 miles, you can fly to Dallas which is about 5 times as far away. Or Denver, which is 3 times further away than Vegas, is 30% cheaper
to fly to.
Generally speaking, as someone who buys 2-4 tickets a week, most airfares range within a fairly limited area whether one is flying 200 miles or 3000 miles (I don't pay less than $200 or more than $500 too terribly often, regardless of how far I'm going); and it is quite common, if not actually most likely, that shorter flights actually cost more
than longer ones. Airfares are all over the map in terms of the relationship between distance and price. There's so many other factors involved including, the least of which, competition and total demand (i.e. economies of scale). Sami had to settle on something, and it's one that doesn't factor range in in a considerable manner.
Route pricing in AWS seems to group routes, so that short routes are all very similar in pricing, and medium-haul routes, say somewhere between 500 and north of 1000 miles doesn't change price much, but as routes get near and exceed 2000 miles they tend to go up a lot more. This actually matches reality fairly closely in my experience and opinion.
In AWS (in JA3):
SWA from LAX-LAS $50 (about $0.40/mile)
SWA from LAX-DEN $60 (about $0.07/mile)
SWA from LAX-DAL $60 (about $0.06/mile)
SWA from LAX-LGA $110 (about $0.05/mile)
As you can see, really not all that different than what we see in reality per the SWA fares above. In fact, factor in what about 20 years of inflation (since those prices are out of JA3), and the pricing would be pretty damned close to the same. In fact, a hell of a lot closer than I was expecting them to be when I checked them.
thats a **BIG** bug in the game........As I increased the prices my LF went flying down big time..
As well it should.
It's not a "bug". Most people tend to think of the demand in AWS as being very inelastic for some reason -- that these people are sitting in line at the airport waiting to fly whoever is there at whatever price. But that is absolutely not the way it works here. The demand chart is the number of people who would
you meet their demand criteria, of which price is a big one (but, oddly enough, a low price isn't). As soon as you raise the price an appreciable amount over the default, they just decide not to go or they drive or whatever. You drop that demand chart down in a big way because you're not worth it to them anymore.
To do otherwise would bring significant economic issues to the game. Margins are already insanely ludicrous as it is. If people could set pricing any appreciable amount over default they'd increase exponentially. In real-life there's competition and regulations that prevent such things. Here there's rarely competition and certainly no regulation -- so the game has to come down hard on those increasing pricing measurably over standard.