a couple things:
- as a background, I work on the fleet finance team of a major airline. I've played this simulation on and off since 2009 i think.
- in any sort of game or simulation, experience makes you a much more effective participant. in that sense, being able to learn and figure out alternative solutions is part of the experience.
- besides beginner world allowing new players a chance to get their hands dirty, it is always a good idea to start at an easier airport where there is some healthy demand and less competition.
- It is always a good idea to plan well in advance. in the real world, fleet decisions are incredibly long term decisions. that isn't so different here.
- the AWS community is incredibly helpful, even though it is very competitive.
- most of us are adults with pretty busy jobs, and pretty much use this game as intellectual and creative outlet. we're not on this 24hrs a days. sometime i'm able to sneak in a few minutes between meetings, but otherwise i do everything while I'm getting ready to go to bed!
- a few of the people positing on this topic started late, or are new, and they have been able to get their aircraft of choice. it's about timing and perseverance.
- preferred aircraft and airports usually get filled fast, that is why thy are popular. in real life, if you ordered a 787 today, you won't pick it up until 2021 or so, because it is a very popular model.
- just like new players, many of the experienced players are also having fleet struggles, including myself. the key here is to be able to adapt your strategy to the various hurdles.
- being able to workaround various hurdles is the fun of this game. otherwise this would be a dull experience.
- this game certainly has flaws that many of us have been screaming about for years. however things take time to develop. I don't know how much resources sami has allocated, but i know he's doing his best.
Bottom line: Have a strategy, have several back up plans, be patient, and ask for help.