Quote Sami entry 2:
Not at all... Since the VARIABLE score has seven elements; total sales revenue, profit margin, company image, fleet utilization, transported passengers, load factor and punctuality.
Of these Utilization, Load Factor and Punctuality (and somewhat Profit Margin too) are more easily achieved by a SMALL airline than a large one. Only Company Image and Transported Pax stats are directly in favor of the larger airlines. (but there's still a minimum requirement of having 10 aircraft operational to be included in the score calculation, since the very tiny airlines could be easily used to screw the stats and to manipulate the score .. and normally so small airlines are not yet alliance members even)
My response:- Some confusion I think on Small Airlines and Airlines operating Small Aircraft. I've only had very limited success with jets at all, did Ok with four prop aircraft but unable to convert those routes to jets, 100 or 200 seaters.
Utilisation - Small aircraft have limited range therefor they are not suited to night flights so profitable flights are pretty much limited to the premium hours. I've tried. Before 06:00 they can't attract passengers, arriving after 22.00>23.00 hours isn't popular either so it's tough to get much more than 8 hrs a day flying time.
LF - to keep my planes busy I end up flying routes that don't have the LF I'd like, but still pay something toward the aircrafts keep. That's something I could improve on.
Punctuality - I'm fairly generous with turnarounds, usually allowing ten minutes over the 1% delay figure on small aircraft.
Profit Margin (Airline?) - For the airline needs all the above to be good. Is this being double counted in Scores?
I try to slightly over supply seats on a route with at least 2 aircraft timed to help the pax numbers grow but smaller planes do cost more per PaxMile than bigger ones, only turnaround times make small planes work with lean routes.
Maybe the fuel burn figure is kg/hour but should be per 'kg/route mile' (better would be 'kg/seat mile').
CI already includes a Pax/week factor, is this being double counted in Scores?
I don't expect to win with my gaggle of Saabs but the negative result, going deeper and deeper into negative, was a considerable shock. Each airline figure is reasonable, just don't see how we can be scoring negative when 7 airlines are reporting profits and one is not counted (less than ten aircraft).
I'm quite happy when my airlines are making money, the CI should be a factor in Passenger Attraction, but whether that's 5 or 30 (normal range for a small plane airline) doesn't seem to make much difference, the cost of marketing balanced by the small loss in pax. Getting CI factors up to 50 seems to depend on having planes with more than 60-80 seats. losing those planes brings the CI down again even though profits go up.
So, in summary, I'm not happy with a negative Alliance Score, cannot determine what has caused it, and feel the 'Airline School' isn't going to have a place in the games. Spectrum in it's present form doesn't seem to have a future.