Having 50 planes in 18 months is close to non-sense in reality. Those guys who practice this way of business are a bunch of people who want to ruin the beauty of this game, which still need to be improved. Are they still survive in the game ? With a negative balance sheet ? I guess we need more tough regulator in this game. This regulator should regularly take some time to look into each company balance sheet and list of airplane and it's route. Any suggestion about this ? Is that because each player pay to play means can do anything they want ?
In a way i agree with most of the posts made, event though not 100% realistic thats what we currently have, therefore we need to adjust to the current game as it is.
therefore i disagree with the quote above. say player A decides to use the game as done in real world, sticking to just 1 type of a/c getting just 3/4 a/c a year in order to make it as real as possible andplayer B decides to use the oposite idea and exploit the simulation to the max benifit of his company, allowing him to grow quick expand and become one of the biggest airlines in the game. you cant really judge them the way you did, the simulation allows it, it is not ruining the game but knowing how to plan its strategy, no matter which in order to get as much profit as possible. correct me if im wrong, but isnt that one of the objectives, even though not written anywhere!? the player isnt doing what he wants because he pays, he is doing it, because he can plan and has a strategy that works. you cant just survive in a large hub, packed with "sharks" just because of your look. you need to be able to plan and expand as quicly as possible, if you dont, when you least expect you will have the hub you desired to start, with all the routes taken, where some1 else "owns" the market share, then when you least expect, you will betaken out of the way, because they have grown, you havent, they can fly new markets though taken by some1 else and player A cant.
this is a simulation as close as possible to the real world, if it is allowed for you to do whatever to grow, you do it, otherwise you will never have a successfull airline. i must confess, i have played a few airline simulations, online and not....and this is the closest as it can get. yes it can get improved, but unfortunatelly it is not done overnight.
maybe some of the suggestions above have already been considered and may be or not to be coded out for newer versions. you need to give time to time for updates to be made. Let Sami work, i am sure it can only get better.
dont take this post wrongly, i am not critising, in a way i understand what you mean, but for now this is the way the simulation works and we are the ones who need to adapt to it. it may adapt to our request, but in time. so use what we "have" the best you can, better days will come!