I have only been playing this game for a couple of months, so I hope you donīt mind me asking for your advice.
My fleet now consists of 9 x 727-200Adv and 5 brand new 737-600. Every time I can afford it, I am ordering a new 737 to eventually replace the 727s. However the order backlog for Boeing 737 NG is now so long that the replacement process will not be finished before sometime 2002.
However, I know there is some potential for medium range routes that I could develop new routes for, but my problem is that on the used market, the only available machines are aging 727s. Some of them over, or getting close to, 20 years old.
So my question is: Should I stay patient, and slowly replace my 727s before expanding my route network, or would you lease old 727s to expand your route network, if you were me? My worry is that the 727 fuel consumption is almost twice as much as in a 737-600, and when the price was getting close to 600 dollars, I was worried I would have to throw in the towel. So if there is a new fuel price spike, I could be in trouble. Is the gamble worth it? On the upside, I will have a firm hold over some nice routes before everyone else has their new planes delivered.