lol if u aim for 80% load factors and demand drops 50 to 60 percent and even more in some cases then what do u think is going to happen? Dumb comment
First of all, I find it rather offensive that the best counter-point you offer to my statement is "dumb comment" as it makes you sound rather uneducated when it comes to the mechanics of the game. I would prefer that you counter with some solid rationale as to why this is an issue rather than simply name calling at my comment.
Secondly, your statement does not make sense as I do not understand how you are aiming for 80% load factors (i.e. through your pricing strategy, through your gluttonous oversupply strategy or other) nor do you correlate how that strategy is foiled by a "50 to 60 percent and even more" demand drop since such drops have never happened in AWS and probably never will (due to simple game playability reasons).
And now, for the dunk, looking across a non-statistically valid sample of large airlines across the world in GW4 including my own, I'm seeing about a 15-20% overall drop in passengers carried from the peak in mid-2001 to the trough that we just passed through in early October. For argument's sake, let's say there was a 20% demand drop and we have a route that started with 100 demand. During the 9/11 event, that means demand would drop to 80 passengers per day, which lowers the anti-monopoly crew's threshold from 200 seats supplied down to 160 seats supplied. Now, if I'm not mistaken, 160 seats supplied on a 100 demand route is not exactly the smartest thing to do once the game world has entered the Modern Times era, especially with the upcoming increases in fuel prices as it means you'll be more or less flying half-empty even if 9/11 didn't happen (which is only sustainable during the very early eras of game play). This brings me back to the point I was making - if you're flying 160 or more seats per day on a 100 (now 80) demand per day route, you're not making very good use of your airline's resources to start with, thus, with better route decisions up front, you would not have to go on a route edit-fest during a demand downturn.
Boomshakalaka! He's on fire!
PS - If you're in Asia, prepare for SARS in a couple years *cough cough*
PPS - Yes, that pun was intended.