someone has to tell me when the fuel price spikes.
Just ticked down to $649. I guess even Stalin design aircraft is making money now... 777s even on leases are probably ok now, if they are not facing significant competition.
Time around 9/11 was a bit challenging with demand dropping ~15-20% and fuel prices rising at the same time to ~ $900. But since then, things were realtively easy, as evidenced by 524/600 airines in the game 13 years from the start, and very few large bankruptcies. Last few significant bankruptcies were due to player inactivity, rather than challenging environment.
One thing about long games in general, players can accumulate CV in all the extra years, making them more immune to fuel price spikes... So even at high prices, 777s may be making money for players owning the aircraft, but more precisely, it is the money invested in 777 that is making money...