Ok, I tried a challenge but its turning out harder than I expected
Using Russian Planes in the USSR
Even the more "efficient" IL-18 and AN-24/26 are nearly impossible to make money. MX is sky high (I cancel the leases on my planes before C check and just get new ones saving $500,000 per aircraft)
Markets in USSR are small usually not more than one flight per day so RI is very slow to build
Distances are large which makes flights fuel intensive but even with relatively low fuel prices it is impossible to make consistent profits. Siberia-Moscow flights withing range of the IL-18s are chronically unprofitable even with 80% LF.
I am not using TU154 or TU134s, but IL-18s. I am making at best $150,000 per week. But it gets eaten up quickly by when MX comes due. On top of that LFs are very slow to build.
Ill be transitioning to western aircraft as soon as I can