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Author Topic: Bird flu--really??? more dynamic tools needed for this stuff  (Read 1723 times)

Firebird

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Re: Bird flu--really??? more dynamic tools needed for this stuff
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2014, 05:01:58 PM »
Really "you can do anything a real airline does", Thanks I hadn't thought of that. I should have switched my fleet of 636 aircraft to smaller aircraft. Taking a loan when I have billions in cash reserves doesn't solve anything. Anywho, nuff said.

Offline schro

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Re: Bird flu--really??? more dynamic tools needed for this stuff
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2014, 07:46:32 PM »
You can do everything real airlines can  - Lower prices / temporarily change to smaller aircraft, take a loan if you are about to run out of money due to temporary problem and so on.

There's not that much airlines can do to these things IRL either.

With major events now capped at 2 months, that's about 1.5 days of real life time where the event will be having its impact during a 35 minute game day scenario. For those of us with hundreds of planes in our fleet, it is NOT reasonable to have us go through and change to smaller planes (especially if it is to a different fleet type) because that in itself can take weeks of doing a few dozen planes per couple hour session of rescheduling. Lowering prices is a bit of a problem as well due to the lack of pricing tools built into the game. Sure, we could spend hours repricing all of the routes to match the new demand just to have it spring back in a day after the impact of the event has disappeared. Then, putting back our pricing (which we may have already invested hours into optimizing) is an equally as daunting task.

Orlando is right - the way the events are done now, it is more of a bend over and take it scenario, as there's no way to manage it in-game with the current mechanisms that are available to us.

Offline LotusAirways

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Re: Bird flu--really??? more dynamic tools needed for this stuff
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2014, 05:42:07 PM »
Hi,
LM as a point when he says "tools are currently lacking to make temporary adjustments for events lasting only a few months". I think Sami may need to create temporary tool events that are linked with event events.

Shall we stop bitching and brain storm about tools for temporary tool events? I can start:

- temporary lay-offs that don't affect image, similar to having a plane in store, the workers are still there but for a few weeks maximum they will get paid only 20% or so
- temporary reduction on landing, handling, and passenger fees; random set-up, some airlines get it others don't; airports don't charge the same fees to all airlines in real life anyway
- temporary heavy maintenance discount, bring your planes in now and enjoy a 20% rebate on D checks sort of thing

LA

Offline 11Air

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Re: Bird flu--really??? more dynamic tools needed for this stuff
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2014, 12:48:46 PM »
If you are cash rich you should be holding a reserve of back-up aircraft. Certainly for jets a 707 flies to the same schedule as a 747 and you can reduce your fuel bill, save your slots, even sack a few crew, what ever it take to get thro the event. Piston engines were fine with the volcanic ash, it was the hot core of the jets that got coated with liquid glass, and when it cooled it became very abrasive on the next start up.
Disasters happen. Responding is a core of any modern business strategy when it comes to borrowing from the banks. They really don't like you taking risks with their money.
The odd ball is that your aircraft insurance becomes unnecessary as your fleet size and capital allows you to survive replacing a few aircraft if the are lost/crashed.

The routine change of the country's government, and attitude to noise / pollution control as a vote winner, is something Sami hasn't written in YET.

The shenanigans that are going on around the next London Airport are an example. Knock down a few thousand homes to expend Heathrow, build a new Island in the Thames estuary, or expand Gatwick and blight the homes of the rich (and well connected) retire-ees. Should have gone to the old American airbase north of oxford but that's been sold to a housing developer. M5 and rail links within two miles and a 3 hour commute catchment area that covers all the big cities in the country. Feel better now, rant over.

Offline Sanabas

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Re: Bird flu--really??? more dynamic tools needed for this stuff
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2014, 01:15:34 PM »
If you are cash rich you should be holding a reserve of back-up aircraft. Certainly for jets a 707 flies to the same schedule as a 747 and you can reduce your fuel bill, save your slots, even sack a few crew, what ever it take to get thro the event. Piston engines were fine with the volcanic ash, it was the hot core of the jets that got coated with liquid glass, and when it cooled it became very abrasive on the next start up.
Disasters happen. Responding is a core of any modern business strategy when it comes to borrowing from the banks. They really don't like you taking risks with their money.
The odd ball is that your aircraft insurance becomes unnecessary as your fleet size and capital allows you to survive replacing a few aircraft if the are lost/crashed.

Paying to maintain your reserve of back-up planes will cost more than you're going to save by deploying them during an event. Especially when 10 hours away from the computer could see an event happen and continue for 3 weeks before you even log-in again.

The impression I get, especially knowing how much effort it takes to perform major scheduling changes to a big airline, is that events are simply going to be a randomly generated, 'you'll get significantly lower revenue for x weeks' thing for your airline, which will have no effect other than changing a few of the game-end numbers for most healthy airlines, and will end up being ignored by most healthy airline owners.

 

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