What advantage is there of having new aircraft over used aircraft? I recently had some new aircraft delivered to replace my old ones and my airline is a lot less profitable. With the old aircraft, we got as high as $17,000,000 roughly a week, but with new aircraft, we usually get around $9 to 12,000,000 a week and I still haven't replaced them all yet.
I don't know what your specific situation was but there are many benefits to owning aircraft in Airwaysim.
Off the top of my head
1. Increased company value (higher credit rating, better interest rates, more funds available)
2. No lease cost (generally an aircraft costs the same to buy as lease for 6.583 years (with no discounts)) So if you're leasing a plane you are constantly paying.
3. Cost comparison for new aircraft new B757-200's in one of the current game worlds was as follows
-70.3m 890,000/month no discount
-with a 50ac order discount of 21% a new plane would cost 56.2m instead of 70.3m
- with 15 year lease and 8% discount it would cost 58.7 million after the first 6.583yr(79mo) or 134 million over 15 years....
----so 134/56.2=238% more expensive to lease the same new plane over 15 years.
-now with that said when the plane was released I placed orders for a huge discount at 31.47m or 398,000/mo, even those cheap planes would cost 83.78mil over 15yr
4. Survival ability-though higher upfront costs and the potential to BK your airline if you mis calculate your airlines ability to accept deliveries in the future owning your aircraft gives you a distinct advantage over your competitors. Most western aircraft have a useful life of 24 years, I usually budget russian planes for 8-14 before MX costs start reaching a point that it is more cost advantageous to buy a new plane. I'm not going into that here as you would pay mx under long lease or purchase....
but using the 757 example if I own the plane for 15 years I get a comparable lease price of 312k/mo vs 743k/mo or 431k/mo less cost... with a fleet of 100 planes thats 43.1m/month or just over 10m/wk less expenses that you have for your airline.... and that doesn't count the insurance savings, or scrap costs or ability to sell/lease the aircraft for it's remaining value.