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New Beginner's World #1

10.03.2019 - 16:30

A new Beginner's World #1 scenario is now open again according to our normal scenario rotation schedule.

This Beginner game series is aimed for all newbies and other players wishing to test different playing styles in an easier environment. The two beginner scenarios follow always the standard easy settings and same time frame as the previous beginner scenarios, and they restart about once every month.


Reminder about user account rules

06.03.2019 - 19:25

Today we've been sending out reminders about the account usage rules to users detected by our account logging. But for everyone else it's also a good time to refresh the rules and terms about using and sharing your AirwaySim account.

The account is for your personal use only and may not be shared with anyone.

The only exception to this rule is a temporary holiday deputy if you are unable to access internet temporarily due to a trip or other similar matter (giving access to your account outside the scope of this rule is not allowed). Please note especially that the duration of the deputy scheme must be predetermined and informed to the administration.

If your household has several people using AirwaySim with their own accounts it's also advisable to inform the administration of this to avoid any confusions.

https://www.airwaysim.com/Terms/Profile#Account
All user accounts are for individual private use only. It is forbidden to share your account login information (username/password) to any third party. Each user account must be used only by a single person at all times. Exception to this is the holiday deputy scheme explained in the game rules.

https://www.airwaysim.com/game/Manual/General/Rules/#Account
If the user knows that he will be away and unable to access his airline, he may appoint another user to take care of the airline while he is away. [ .. ] Every time this exception is used the administration must be notified first (include user names of players, and the duration of sharing).


Game World #2 is now open!

27.02.2019 - 18:00

The new Game World #2 is now open!

» Join here!

The GW#2 is one of the four main and long airline sim scenarios at AirwaySim. This round of Game World #2 will start in 1955 and will run to the end of year 2035.

This early start for this ultra-long game world will be very popular since nearly all of the 700 pre-joining slots for the game were booked. With this in mind you may expect a slower start for your new airline with limited supply of used aircraft and possibly less available airport slots than normally.

This game world follows the standard settings for long AirwaySim games:

  • Standard difficulty level
  • All airports, all aircraft models (including the "prototypes") and all features are included.
  • Additional base airports follow the standard rules, max 10 bases per airline, and the amount of planes based outside HQ will grow over time.
  • Alliances are available to be formed from the first day.
  • Game's speed is 30 minutes per day.
  • Passenger demand levels are higher than in real history at the start of the game, especially in the early parts of the game. However the initial level is lower than in previous game starts from 1950s to give a more realistic model of the economy.
  • Cargo with City Based Demand system included (the passenger demand model still follows the older more static model).
  • The aircraft production rates and amount of airport slots are higher compared to the standard "realworld" setting.
  • Fuel prices are random and may or may not follow the historical oil/jet fuel developments (or a combination of both where it follows the real history at some periods and is random at others).

Notes regarding the launch of this game world:

  • The new aircraft model selection has been manually checked and adjusted to be very comprehensive, and there are many options to choose from in different aircraft size classes.
  • However be prepared to start with war-surplus machines like DC-3 since those really were the only viable options for mass travel still in 1955 when looking to form a new airline. The modern jets are just about to enter service and you plan to get those will be only from the new aircraft ordering system.
  • There are some 25000 system-generated aircraft at the start so there is certainly something for everyone! 21% of these are DC-3s, 19% DC-6s, 11% CV240/340/440, 9% DH84/86/89, 9% C-46s, 8% Constellations, and so forth. Remember that these aircraft are gradually released to the used aircraft market at computer-decided random intervals.
  • As the pre-launch of this game world has been popular please be patient with the growth and aircraft acquisition. The start is slower than before, and while the passenger and cargo numbers are elevated compared to real life they are still much less than in previous 1955 start we did. The passenger demand will grow at all times during the course of the game, apart from some periods of global recession (the rate of the growth models well what has happened in real history and when the market started to grow rapidly).
  • Air cargo in the 1950s-1970s is a very small business. The cargo demand levels are somewhat elevated from "realistic" values for the sake of playability, but still the big cargo business doesn't really become viable until later in the game.

If it has been a while since you started at early stages in a major AirwaySim games, here are a few reminders and tips:

  • The game clock is paused for the first day and will start moving after 24 hrs. The used aircraft market will refresh several times during the first static 24 hour day (but you can only make two orders for aircraft during the first day).
  • There are plenty of used aircraft available to begin with, but the used aircraft market will soon become limited and the popular aircraft types are sold/leased very quickly. Take care when picking the aircraft you plan to use.
  • New aircraft ordering will be available after the time starts to move (= from day 2 of the simulation), but it is of course always recommended to lease several used aircraft to begin with.
  • Be patient with the route sales figures since your Route Image grows slowly. Do not spend all your cash on planes at once, remember to leave a good reserve. It takes time to gain profits and there might be unexpected early problems..
  • Some popular airports, or other small airports, will for sure become limited on airport slots soon. This is normal and you should use larger aircraft or other airports in that case.
    Consider joining an alliance from early stages of the game, they are great resources for improving your game play (tips and help from fellow players).

All set! Move over to the Game Area and join the new game and have fun!


Game World #2 opens on February 27th

18.02.2019 - 11:04

The new Game World #2 will open on Wednesday February 27th

» Pre-join now!

The GW#2 is one of the four main and long airline sim scenarios at AirwaySim. This round of Game World #2 will start in 1955 and will run to the end of year 2035.

The opening time of this game world will be at approx. 18.00 UTC on February 27th (next Wednesday). The first 24 hours of the game is static and the game clock will start to run at the standard pace on Thursday.

This game world follows the standard settings for long AirwaySim games:

  • Standard difficulty level
  • All airports, all aircraft models (including the "prototypes") and all features are included.
  • Additional base airports follow the standard rules, max 10 bases per airline, and the amount of planes based outside HQ will grow over time.
  • Alliances are available to be formed from the first day.
  • Game's speed is 30 minutes per day.
  • The scenario will have a maximum of 700 places at the start and the economic environment (passenger levels and amount of aircraft) have been adjusted related to this.
  • The aircraft selection is very interesting for this era as you'll have the choice to start with the almost unlimited supply of pre-war aircraft types like DC-3, or expand more slowly with the modern post-war types that are likely to be in more limited supply.
  • Fuel prices are random and may or may not follow the historical oil/jet fuel developments (or a combination of both where it follows the real history at some periods and is random at others).

New Beginner's World #2

18.02.2019 - 09:17

A new Beginner's World #2 scenario is now open again according to our normal scenario rotation schedule.

Our beginner game series is aimed for all newbies and other players wishing to test different playing styles in an easier environment. The two beginner scenarios follow always the standard easy settings and same time frame as the previous beginner scenarios, and they restart about once every month.


Latest software updates

17.02.2019 - 12:47

Here are some of the highlights on the recent updates made to the AirwaySim software. For always up-to-date information and full list of all changes please see the announcement forums and the AirwaySim Changelog.

Updates

  • New major feature: Improved aircraft performance calculation system.
    • The aircraft performance system (flight times, fuel usage etc.) has been completely updated and code rewritten. The basis of AirwaySim 10 years ago was an accurate performance model for aircraft and now it has been the time to do a complete overhaul to the systems.
    • All the main functions remain the same and there a only a couple of small visible changes for users, but underneath most things have changed. Aim for the change has been to update the code and to make the system even more accurate. Besides of the new code, a project has been started to gather more detailed and verifiable aircraft performance data. In the past the data has been already based on various good sources but we're aiming to find even more actual aircraft performance information based on actual aircraft flight manuals and such data. This will take considerable time and the data is updated in increments once available.
    • New manual page is published: https://www.airwaysim.com/game/Manual/Aircraft/Performance/
    • Please read the details from the forums.
  • Alliance rating system renewed
    • The rating is the basis on how virtual passenger see the alliance as a whole. It is a rating from 0 to 100 points and shown also as a star rating from zero to five stars.
    • The rating consists of four main components: Alliance network quality, alliance marketing efforts, alliance age and alliance flight punctuality.
    • Check the changelog for details.
  • Combi (pax/cargo) aircraft of size class Very Large can now transport Heavy Cargo.
  • Added various search and filtering enhancements to differentiate passenger, combi and cargo aircraft at the game interface.
  • Scheduling page tooltip now shows any possible payload limitations for the route (in numbers of pax for pax/combi aircraft and in kg/lbs for cargo aircraft).

These are the major changes from the last month. There are dozens of other smaller updates too (refer to changelog for details).


Game World #2 (6/17 - 2/19) end results

08.02.2019 - 14:05

The ultra-long Game World #2 has ended today. The game started already in June 2017 and ended in February 2019, and the toughest airline managers enjoyed more than 1.5 years of continuous business decisions. The scenario started in 1950 and ended 2035 making it so far our longest simulation scenario ever. Remarkably 49 CEOs played this scenario all the way from the start to end.

Don't forget to pre-join the next GW#2, starting later in February. You can pre-join the scenario here: https://www.airwaysim.com/game/?gView=289#game289

What did you think of this scenario? Post a comment to the forums: https://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,79942.0.html

The final statistics of this epic game world are here. Our congratulations to the top players!

Highest scoring airlines
  Airline Player Score
1. North American World Airways spiff23 2 355
2. Aero Mondial Saul Goodman 2 225
3. Huftlansa VladimirJohnson 2 216
4. Amanville Airto3 2 150
5. BenemAir Luperco 2 122
Oldest airlines
  Airline Player Age
1. North American World Airways spiff23 85 years 11 months
2. Aero Mondial Saul Goodman 85 years 11 months
3. Amanville Airto3 85 years 11 months
4. BenemAir Luperco 85 years 11 months
5. REDEYE AIR Big Mama 85 years 11 months
6. Foothills Aviation Cardinal 85 years 11 months
7. Gazometre au Charbon gazzz0x2z 85 years 11 months
8. Thousand Wings schlaf 85 years 11 months
9. ZUBR Airlines MuzhikRB 85 years 11 months
10. Air Avier Scott 85 years 11 months
11. PacAir ZombieSlayer 85 years 11 months
12. Italiano Air YoYo 85 years 11 months
13. Empire PowerStationGym 85 years 11 months
14. Flycow debitants 85 years 11 months
15. San Airways rabader 85 years 11 months
16. Owl Express schro 85 years 11 months
17. DespAir ManAtTheBack 85 years 11 months
18. Buddy Holly Airline Tha_Ape 85 years 11 months
19. TA Brazil konchr 85 years 11 months
20. King Bhumibol Adulyadej Aerial Taxi LotusAirways 85 years 11 months
21. Catai Asia raptorva 85 years 11 months
22. European Air cym772 85 years 11 months
23. Sirion Airways Elladan 85 years 11 months
24. PAM ANN deovrat 85 years 11 months
25. North Central Air DHillMSP 85 years 11 months
26. Jetonski Fly Jetonski 85 years 11 months
27. Jet Reading scottwstanley 85 years 11 months
28. KingKong Airways [SC] - King Kong 85 years 11 months
29. Highfly Novum123 85 years 11 months
30. Aero Colombia Noriker 85 years 11 months
31. Severn Air Capaz 85 years 11 months
32. Mex Airways giant 85 years 11 months
33. Flagship Airlines SaipanPilot 85 years 11 months
34. SkyLink Mykita 85 years 11 months
35. Maple Leaf International [ATA] Sunbao 85 years 11 months
36. Vintage Airlines Allan 85 years 11 months
37. Kansai Air Commuter mtnlion 85 years 11 months
38. Revolution Airlines Flyinghammer 85 years 11 months
39. West Coast Air cincyflyer 85 years 11 months
40. FlySheep pleym 85 years 11 months
41. National Bohemian Air lurch3333 85 years 11 months
42. DanDan dandan 85 years 11 months
43. Pacific Southwest Airlines tremoore94 85 years 11 months
44. Newfoundland Airlines holidays 85 years 11 months
45. Balkania Balkania 85 years 11 months
46. Trolling You Airways Talentz 85 years 11 months
47. JustFTW Wreck 85 years 11 months
48. Featherstone Air Yorkshire Boy 85 years 11 months
49. Air Lillian Europe nickhh 85 years 11 months
Largest fleets in operation
  Airline Player Aircraft
1. North American World Airways spiff23 1 859
2. REDEYE AIR Big Mama 1 772
3. Addaxian Stockholmaren 1 730
4. Huftlansa VladimirJohnson 1 697
5. CattleCar bkuyers 1 538
Most airports served
  Airline Player Destinations
1. CattleCar bkuyers 748
2. Addaxian Stockholmaren 738
3. Huftlansa VladimirJohnson 581
4. North American World Airways spiff23 574
5. Amanville Airto3 562
Busiest airports
  Airport Passengers / yr
1. Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson (KATL / ATL) 371.40 mil
2. Chicago - O'Hare (KORD / ORD) 330.68 mil
3. London Heathrow (EGLL / LHR) 267.10 mil
4. Dallas - Fort Worth (KDFW / DFW) 254.92 mil
5. Los Angeles (KLAX / LAX) 230.55 mil
Alliances
  Alliance Score
1. A Team Alliance 14 104
2. Sky Alliance 13 811
3. Elite Worldwide Alliance 9 665
4. Phoenix Alliance 5 613
5. NorthWay 3 566
6. Stratosphere 1 951
7. Team1 1 715
8. Wings Group -25
Richest CEOs
  Player Airline Money
1. gazzz0x2z Gazometre au Charbon 180 266 525 USD
2. schro Owl Express 178 322 816 USD
3. VladimirJohnson Huftlansa 177 723 100 USD
4. Stockholmaren Addaxian 175 550 281 USD
5. schlaf Thousand Wings 173 618 391 USD

Next Game World #2

07.02.2019 - 10:05

The current ultra-long Game World #2 will end soon, and we've now opened the pre-joining for the next GW#2.

This new long scenario will start during February after some system updates and feature changes are completed. The exact starting date and other specifications of the scenario will be announced later.

Pre-join the scenario here: https://www.airwaysim.com/game/?gView=289#game289

By pre-joining you will be notified of a) the planned starting date about 5-7 days in advance, and b) when the game world opens and can be joined.


Airport data: Contribute to AirwaySim

29.01.2019 - 15:00

Help us make AirwaySim better and even more realistic!

You're invited to help us in the new public project on airport data collection. The aim is to collect accurate and up-to-date information on all airports globally, add various historical events to airports (such as runway extensions) and also to add any airports still missing from the database.

The basis of all this is the Airport Data Contribution Tool which is accessible to all registered members. With this tool users can submit new and correct existing airport data. All data submitted is sent to separate database and verified before taken into use, so editing any game data directly is of course not possible and changes will not affect any of the running games.

The need for updated airport data comes also from the City Based Demand system (currently in use with cargo already). In that model the airports itself do not generate any demand but serve merely as gateways of the demand created by the cities and areas. This fundamental change requires more data and new attributes to airports.

At the same time we're also looking for actual historical data on airport changes. These are for example the details on how runways of each airport were extended in the history. Another historical detail is the change of airport names over the course of history. As you may know, currently the airport data is fixed and based on present day (runways stay always of the same length etc.), but with this data we're looking to add an additional layer of accurate history into the simulation. The data tool can be used to input this data and these features will be built into the simulation after the data collection.

If you wish to contribute please head over to our forums and to the Airport Data Contribution section. Since we are looking for actual and verifiable historical data on airports please make sure to read all instructions first before doing anything. Please use the forum actively to ask any additional questions.

Thank you already in advance!


Cargo Challenge (11/18 - 1/19) end results

24.01.2019 - 15:19

The short special-rules game Cargo Challenge has just ended. We hope that everyone who participated enjoyed their time as cargo managers.

The schedule of next AirwaySim game worlds will be announced in early February (due to some planned updates and changes).

Here are the statistics and results from the game's end:

Highest scoring airlines
  Airline Player Score
1. LynxJET Vin 649
2. Kowloon Pacific Mort 621
3. Air Paros knobbygb 596
4. Cedars Airlines Pieere 589
5. Global Cargo Express gavslatt 582
Oldest airlines
  Airline Player Age
1. LynxJET Vin 8 years 11 months
2. Kowloon Pacific Mort 8 years 11 months
3. Air Paros knobbygb 8 years 11 months
4. Cedars Airlines Pieere 8 years 11 months
5. Global Cargo Express gavslatt 8 years 11 months
6. Japan Cargo Airways MM21 8 years 11 months
7. AirWest FlyRw 8 years 11 months
8. Dutch Cargo Company Tijnster 8 years 11 months
9. Pan American Global Logistics GmbH esquireflyer 8 years 11 months
10. BazouSky Huma 8 years 11 months
11. SharkFin Airlines tyteen4a03 8 years 11 months
12. SWIRE Cargo we74 8 years 11 months
13. TransX Airways Walnutz 8 years 11 months
14. Beijing Air Cargo cspurrier 8 years 11 months
15. National Cargo Lines The Great Santini 8 years 11 months
16. Dolomiten Lufttransport engvej 8 years 11 months
17. Qubefish Verto 8 years 11 months
18. Kaz Air Kazari 8 years 11 months
19. Ben-Fly cargo lospaziale 8 years 11 months
20. Njiri Cargo bruce.haywood 8 years 11 months
21. Imperial NovemberCharlie 8 years 11 months
22. Brothel Air fisher970 8 years 11 months
23. American Cargolines Finnair757 8 years 11 months
24. GAT-Global Air Transport BennyReuter 8 years 11 months
25. Halo Express JayMemphis 8 years 11 months
26. Jumbo Shrimp World JumboShrimp 8 years 11 months
27. Midwest Air Express Junior 8 years 11 months
28. Herz Air Chandler 8 years 11 months
29. Black Mamba Air JimmyMuff 8 years 11 months
30. Deer Creek Fordgt77 8 years 11 months
31. Cargo America Emaw Jones 8 years 11 months
Largest fleets in operation
  Airline Player Aircraft
1. Cedars Airlines Pieere 1 343
2. LynxJET Vin 1 125
3. Air Paros knobbygb 1 084
4. Kowloon Pacific Mort 832
5. Global Cargo Express gavslatt 693
Most airports served
  Airline Player Destinations
1. Cedars Airlines Pieere 837
2. Air Paros knobbygb 760
3. Kowloon Pacific Mort 627
4. Global Cargo Express gavslatt 501
5. LynxJET Vin 311
Alliances
  Alliance Score
1. Elite World Wide Alliance 1 307
2. The Hunger Planes 692
Richest CEOs
  Player Airline Money
1. Mort Kowloon Pacific 32 466 164 USD
2. JumboShrimp Jumbo Shrimp World 32 070 099 USD
3. lospaziale Ben-Fly cargo 31 980 379 USD
4. tyteen4a03 SharkFin Airlines 31 744 430 USD
5. Vin LynxJET 31 475 609 USD

10 years of AirwaySim - First steps

12.01.2019 - 11:51

As part of the 10th anniversary of AirwaySim we're posting a series of blog-style posts to tell you more about the history and background of AirwaySim.

In this second post of the series we'll take a look on how it all started.

Read the full story at our forums: https://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,79685.0.html


10 years of AirwaySim - People behind AWS

09.01.2019 - 20:58

As part of the 10th anniversary of AirwaySim we're posting a series of blog-style posts to tell you more about the history and background of AirwaySim.

This first post in the series introduces the people behing AirwaySim.

Read the full story at our forums: https://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,79661.0.html


AirwaySim is 10 years old!

09.01.2019 - 16:30

Today, on the evening of January 9th, the AirwaySim Online Airline Simulation software is 10 years old!

The public launch of the first version happened on this day back in 2009. It was preceded by a long development and testing period, spanning all the way from the winter of 2006. Our online simulation software has come a long way since those early first steps, and we are glad that we've been able to provide entertainment and education to thousands of aviation fans around the world during these years.

Today marks the start of a special celebration week where we tell you more about the history and background of AirwaySim. During this week special blog-type posts are published and each of them will have a certain theme related to AirwaySim's development and history.

During this special week a discount of 20% is available from all of your Credits purchases when you use the code "AWSTEN" at the purchase page. This code is valid until Jan 16th 2019, 23:59.

The first blog post about people behind AirwaySim will be published later tonight.


New Beginner's World #1

09.01.2019 - 15:35

A new Beginner's World #1 scenario is now open again according to our normal scenario rotation schedule.

This Beginner game series is aimed for all newbies and other players wishing to test different playing styles in an easier environment. The two beginner scenarios follow always the standard easy settings and same time frame as the previous beginner scenarios, and they restart about once every month.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

25.12.2018 - 10:08

It's again the time of the winter holidays and new year. We'd like to wish all AirwaySim's users a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May your virtual airlines fly on time also during 2019 :)

Our traditional holiday sale is again here with a 20% discount from all your Credits purchases. Use the discount code XMAS18 at the purchase page. The discount is valid until Dec 27th 2018, 23.59 UTC.

The development plan for the winter and spring will bring you airport expansions and in-flight service concepts. More details of these plans later on. ;)

Greetings,
Sami, AirwaySim's Developer


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