We'll see what happens, it might end up a semi-useful beginner guide, too. Anyone has questions about what I'm doing, or why, fire away.
My background in AWS: I have only run 5 airlines, and never run one for an entire gameworld. I have a strong dislike for boring &/or repetitive airline names. I've played a lot of RPGs, I treat AWS as part-RPG. All my airlines have been successful so far, but 4 of the 5 have BKed. Beginner's world in order to join DOTM, 2 due to a long RL induced break, MT5 because I joined late, had limited expansion potential, and didn't want to run 2 high maintenance airlines. In the current DOTM, The Flying Romanovs started 8 years late, but we are very successful.
I've chosen Dubai for a few reasons. The primary reason will get revealed later, I hope. If not, I might have to try the same thing when we get an extra-long gameworld. I want a country with at least a couple of viable bases, and the possibility of a 4th, potentially temporary base, in order to look at the staffing costs. I want plenty of LH routes, plenty of shorter routes too. Dubai's actually not so great for short routes, I count only 4 decent routes <600 NM, and only 3 more that are maybe worth 1 flight per day. I really don't want a curfew. 0% tax is nice, much more flexibility about when to order planes, better cash flow, don't need to pay any attention to aiming for as close to a 0 balance on the yearly income statement. Did some research in DOTM, and came up with Dubai.
So, my goals for JA5:
Be the largest/only airline in UAE/Dubai.
Be the largest airline in the middle east by pax, revenue, CV, etc.
Be top 10 in the world for all those things, too. Not sure if that one is feasible, or if it's too easy. I don't know if I can compete with an airline in places like US, UK & Japan that have better airports to expand into, I don't know if they'll be hurt by the (probable) higher level of competition. We'll see.
Be #1 for fleet utilisation. I'm #1 in DOTM for this stat when I don't have new deliveries waiting to be scheduled. I was up to 500 planes in the air for 18.5 hours/day each. The lack of short flights will actually help this one.
Fill Dubai, either because I've run out of viable routes or run out of slots. With just 5 slots per hour to start, that might be the limiting factor.
Open bases at the other 3 UAE airports, base 100 aircraft at Abu Dhabi & Sharjah, and either make the Al Ain base profitable or close it down. I'll close it right at the end of the game if I still have it, in order to extract some hard numbers.
Own my whole fleet.
Be launch customer for at least one plane type, since I've never done that before.
Make the effort to have a livery, something else I haven't done before. Anybody wants to make one, feel free. I'd rather it not be subtle, and given the airline name there probably should be some royal blue or dark blue in there. But other than that, get inventive.
Plus the super secret goal, we'll see if anyone can figure it out, as there'll be some clues.
I've leased my first 2 planes, both DC-6s. I already have competition in Dubai, and he has a billion dollar airline in DOTM. He has 2 very similar planes to mine, L-749 Constellations. Stay tuned...