As many know, many of us used (2-3 game worlds ago) the strategy of SH planes (e.g. 320) to fly LH routes to 1) take up valuable slots, 2) lower aircraft leasing costs on these SH planes and 3) ramp up frequencies to gain on the route's MS and pull the rug from under the competition.
Sami solved this by penalizing those that place SH planes onto LH routes and the route scheduling pages advises us of this with a yellow box.
However, I am beginning to doubt the penalizing points are high enough to deter some of the newer (newly registered) players from adopting this old strategy: case in point the Zurich/Riyadh route (http://www.airwaysim.com/game/Routes/Planning/X/LSZH/OERK/
). Player A has stuck with the game ethics of LH plane for a LH route and has a 63% MS while Player B has decided to disregard fair play and slap on a SH plane on the route and gain 37% MS.
With Player A having at least double the leasing costs (A300 vs. MD83) and double the CI (so higher marketing spend) than Player B, wouldn't that place Player A at a disadvantage? IIRC, in the previous GW3, those that place SH planes on LH routes got severely penalized to the extent that MS wouldn't pass the 25% mark so it would certainly make a loss and deter such moves; yet with this game giving a 37% MS doesn't seem to be much of a deterrent.
What this also means is that I am back to trying out the SH planes onto LH routes strategy once again (something Sami doesn't want us to get back into). But if the game codes aren't penalizing us severely enough, what is to deter me from trying this out once again in order to remain competitive against Player B?