Why not have the option to move/redesignate the company HQ? It would rightly be an expensive undertaking, probably limited to a once a GW chance, but this would have enabled me to properly claim the prize that i'd spend many 'years' working towards.
There's an archived feature request for this, it was given a [-]. The reason given was it would be a radical change to the code. But that was then. The game has evolved quite a bit since then, so I think this warrants discussion even if it's on the long-term wish list.
I like this idea, but I'd put the following restrictions on it:
- You must have been based at the airport for a minimum amount of time (6 months, 1 year, 3 years)
- You must have a minimum number of planes scheduled at the airport (50, 70, 100) be they A380 or F.27
- If you have more than 100 planes scheduled at your original HQ, you must cancel routes and get that number to 100 or less since the old HQ will become a base.
- You must keep the old HQ as a base for a minimum amount of time (2-5 years). This would be the "appease the Congressman" rule
This would prevent people from starting at COS and stockpiling planes just to wait for someone at DEN to bankrupt, and then quickly moving in and immediately going from 0% to 55% market share. You would have to build up the base just like you would any other base, but would enable a player with an established base to take advantage of having survived a fuel spike when the fortress-hub carrier with 300 Comets succumbs to gas prices.
I would leave the existing early one-time HQ move rule in place as well. Then the startup at COS could relocate to DEN early on, but still has to build it up normally and not move in with 300 planes.