I started my airline over a year ago real time, and have shaped it into a significant performer that was consistently ranked in the top 10 in revenue, passengers, and value. But alas, times change, and so too does reality.
My fleet has been through a variety of iterations, as the DC-6's and 7's were phased out for DC-9's 727's and DC-8's, in turn replaced with L-1011's and 737 OG's. At this point I had 400 737's and approximately 800 total aircraft, each scheduled with 7 day scheduling, which has seriously taken DAYS to do.
Anyway, I started on swapping flights from the OG to the NG 737's. About 10 hours into it, I realized, I wasn't having fun. This was grind. This was boring as s*** grind. All the imaginary numbers that would be manipulated by my dedication would be nice and all, but holy crap if I'm going to p*** away another 10 hours I either better get paid or I'll spend it playing GTA where at least there is some variety. I am so bored with opening an aircraft schedule, pressing the dropdown for 737-6/7/8/9, pressing the dropdown for 65 minute turn time, and pressing complete.
It's fun strategizing, selecting your fleet, ordering aircraft, flying comparably to big airlines, but dear god is it laborious to schedule. I don't mind writing one 7 day schedule. It takes about half an hour for each aircraft. But then I spend another half an hour doing rote clicking to roll it out to the remaining aircraft. Click, click, done. Click, click, done. Emphasize the fun and automate the dull. Sometimes you realize how stupid it is to carry a burden of an imaginary airline around when you can sink hours into this yet at the end of the game world all you have to show for it is a place on a leaderboard.
Anyway, food for thought. I'll be back, this is an addiction after all. Maybe what I feel is similar to what others have, which is why there's only 200 people playing in a game world with 700 slots. In the immortal words of my airlines namesake, it's going down for real.