All 7 planes have a D-check coming up within a year. I definitely recommend not having that happen with the AI-generated starter airlines.
Revenue is ~700k/week, marketing is ~160k for a CI of 29, and profit in the last couple of weeks have actually been slight losses thanks to a dip in revenue, though for the few months before that it's been a steady ~60k profit/week. Past experience says it's not cost effective, in fact practically impossible to get CI above 30 with a small airline like this, and that you don't really need a CI above 20 even. Halving marketing will double profit. So step 1 is to dump the 122k/week radio campaign, just leave the smallest possible general campaign, 36k/week for newspapers in the local area. I think in general, having the smallest possible campaign should be the rule if people are getting pre-built airlines. It'll be enough to keep CI at an ok starting level, and they can spend more if they want to.
23 million in the bank and debt-free is quite helpful, given it takes under 200k to lease another Let. Also got access to 13+ mill in secured loans, though haven't got any assets. New Let launching in a couple of months, it'll only take 3.5 mill to be the launch customer, so I'll look at that once I've done routes. 2 Lets available in the UM, both ~6.5 years old, unflown with fresh D-checks, 35k & 40k/month to lease, though all the airline's planes are only costing 25k/month for 5 of them, 12k/month for the other 2. Having lease renewal prices change to be more in-line with what the brokers would put the plane on the UM for could be a good idea for a feature request. I could just buy the two that are there, stats say 22 more in storage. But there are also lots of Metros on the UM now, and 60+ in storage. Might get them instead. Will have a look at routes first...
Scheduling page looks excellent. Couple of planes spending overnight at a destination airport, every plane running from 06xx-22xx with no wasted space, so that's good.
Routes themselves all have decent LFs, many at 90+%, so that's good too. 2 routes seat-blocked to 12 pax, even though they sell 10 or 11 seats/day. And looking at demand graph, they've got 9-10 daily demand. Were they lower when you opened them and gave you oversupply warnings? I unblock both of those, go back to offering all 17 seats.
A couple look not so great. KILM-KJAX stands out as a low LF. Looking at it, that's a little surprising, RI is 100, flight time is under 2.5 hours, daily demand is 20-25, and there's no comp. Look at the price, and hitting reset changes it from 166 to 138. Only need to go from 10.5 seats each way to 13 seats each way for that to result in more profit. So I do that. Looking at some of the others, particularly from KABQ, shows similar results. Only 10-12 seats sold, despite underserving demand, with ticket prices ~20% above default. Whereas KABQ-KTEX has prices 10% under default, and is selling 15 daily on ~15-20 demand. KABQ-KFMN also selling 15 daily, but on 25 demand, with prices 20% above default. So guess I might have to do some manual price fiddling on some of these routes. Does make me wonder if my rule of thumb about avoiding 3 hours in HD seats needs revising for these smaller planes, if sales start to be hit a little on 2 hour flights. Since the Let can be re-configged with 15 standard seats, I'll test that later.
Also, part of the reason KILM-KJAX might not be so great is it's quite long, 297 NM, almost full range for the Let. It makes $3000 profit, more than some shorter routes. But uses a big chunk of the day to do so. My preferred stat, especially for small airlines, is profit/hr. KILM-KRDU makes 4,350 profit, ties the plane up for 3:05, that's $1400/hr. KILM-KJAX makes 3,000 profit, but ties the plane up for 5:15, that's only $570/hr.
Takes a little effort, but can work out a rough number for profit/hr that makes a route useful to the airline, see if it's adding or taking away from the overall bottom line. To do so, I can work out the cost for each plane to run, plus split the overhead among all the planes, see what numbers I get. So:
Each plane costs 26k/month to lease.
Marketing is now 36k, so call it 5k/plane.
Staff cost 1.3 mill/month, 190k/plane, biggest expense by far, exacerbated by being in a country with high staff costs. Also, auto-raise salaries is on, as is auto-hire. So I'll turn those off.
Fleet commonality is 195,200, 28k/plane
Engine commonality is 124,292, 18k/plane
Insurance is 59,710, 8k/plane
Maintenance has changed a bit since I last did this. For a small plane, C check now costs 45 A-checks, B check costs 3.05 A-checks. 1 C-check + 11 B-checks + 40 A checks = 45 + 33.5 + 40 = 118.5. So that's now only 10 A-checks/month as the yearly maintenance cost, down a bit from what it used to be. So it's 17k/plane.
So overall, overhead is a bit under 300k/month/plane. Call it 10k/day. Schedule's set up to run from 0600-2300, though some planes have to start a little late or finish a little early, so will say each plane has 16 hours/day to be profitable and earn its 10k. That means routes need to make $625/hr. So even the least profitable routes are at least in the ballpark, so won't actually be hurting the airline.
Anyway, now on to check the available routes...