After a week of the new game world. How do people have so many planes and an airline worth so much?
The first year is actually easy. If you follow all 4 basic rules you will do well.
1) Airport: pick an high demand airport (Heathrow, Atlanta, Chicago, CDG, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Haneda, Hong Kong, JFK...)
2) Strategy: chose a fleet with plenty aircraft available on the used market even if they are old (short-term leases)
3) Tactic: 7-day schedule and 1 flight per route only (you can had more flights later)
4) Execution: be online often (very often)
Airline value, data from 1 March 1996, the game started almost 14 months ago:
1 Connect America - 1 007m USD - London Heathrow
2 Sirion Airlines - 654m USD - Atlanta
3 Owl Express - 597m USD - London Heathrow
4 King Airways - 380m USD - Los Angeles
5 lubeca - 345m USD - Hong Kong - Kai Tak
6 Infinity - 304m USD - Tokyo Haneda
7 Midway - 287m USD - Chicago - O'Hare
8 Skylines - 267m USD - Chicago - O'Hare
9 APB Airlines - 264m USD - Johannesburg
10 Blue Sky Express - 262m USD - Atlanta
See the big airports? Only midgets say size doesn't matter.