I definately had too many planes too early, it doesn't matter that the slot fees are a one time hit, when your doing your eigth slot purchase to a major market, that 200K hit is still a hit. I am targetting markets that are medium in size and do not have competition on them. But these planes I am using are slower. I am using a max range of 400 miles on my runs.
I have moved to a cheaper airport to operate out of, and am currently running 20 seaters, bought two outright on the used market, and leased three more at rock bottom
am only running a minimual general ad campaign, newspapers for six months. Not running any route specific adds, and if fuel gets down to 1.70, I will sign a one year deal to lock it in at 1.77.
Staff is on automatic, I am not getting paid, good thing the wife works also. The kids however are p***ed, now they need good grades for college scholorship funding, and now they have to work at it in school. The dart board with my face on it was a cute touch.