Well, some time later, and most of the above seems to be true. On my own briefly, a draughty Alliance as someone left the door open as they left.
Alliance score is rising slowly. My CI again seems stuck at or near to 19.9. Chances of getting into the top 25 airlines is nil. Profits in the top 100, just, Bosses pay too, just. LF's doing OK too but that seems to be the limit without junking my 'finally working' game plan for some BIG NEW SHINY TIN.
Shame really. I've put a lot of work and time into it. Enjoyed finding better ways of doing things, and it's nice to compete against other players who aren't buying advantages.
I'm moving carefully into 737's. All the major EuroPorts are No-Slot so I'm experimenting with night departures.
Be nice to see a short game with Slots related to number of players, and long game rules, so we can try out the big game start tactics. I did try getting my 4 little planes into Heathrow but I was an hour or so too late!
Perhaps a delayed start would work more fairly, or allow bidding for Hub Airport Slots at the start and as they come free. Closed bids for the week before the decision (or game start) maybe? It still favours the experienced players who know what slot timing they need for certain routes but at least little me has a chance. Slots not used are withdrawn (as current) and re-offered to Sealed Bids. Sound fairer?
All the best, still enjoying surviving in this hectic world.