I think your only talking about huge demand routes because the system does work on normal routes. When i mean huge routes I would point to DXB-HKG or LHR-JFK. Routes so huge that system is over matched. Ideally, competition should limit the growth and gains however, if theres no competition... then its a day trip all the way to the bank.
I do have a problem with slapping a blanket CI/RI rule on all LH routes because not all are like the above. What specifically can we come up with to address the above problem without effecting the overall LH gameplay?
There are just those routes that are monstrous in nature. This is what we should look at.
The system was tweaked to get things right for SH routes that people normally start with. The start was made more challenging. To compensate for that, the new starting capital increased, so that half of the companies don't go under in first 4 months.
But the increased starting capital just added more fuel to the fire on LH. What was a small hole used by very few when starting capital was low turned into opening a floodgate...
As far as blanket rule on International Long Haul, this would be to make players go through a normal start up process, and maybe after 6 months, with CI of ~30, they would "qualify" for LH, the system would allocate some Y pax, at CI of 50, some C pax, at CI of 70, some F pax.
The things that can't be changed at start of say MT world:
- oil prices have to start low
- there will be availability of cheap DC-10s
- all of the routes are un-served
- serving un-served LH routes at low fuel prices with cheap DC-10s will be extremely profitable
What my proposal would do is it would force all
players to go through the slow start-up phase, spend the marketing dollars, earn the CI before they can get into these highly lucrative routes. The shortcut, bypassing the slow start would be closed.
As far as competition eventually taking care of things, well that's after horse is already out of the barn. Players using the LH exploit will monopolize all the order queues, and will be twice as tough to unseat.
That is if slots allowed it. A lot of the players will be sitting behind slot locked airports, so there is no more competition.