I currently run a mostly regional airline (Perseus Airlines) out of Detroit. I have over 100 planes, many of them very small, and I run mostly routes where the demand is low enough that I have no competition. Because of this, I have a pile of routes (all ABCBA) and and I avoid marketing almost entirely. Now I find that I am pretty much filling demand on short-haul low-capacity routes in the region. The problem is, I can't really expand to larger more competitive routes, even if I buy new planes, because I can't increase my CI enough without my marketing cost skyrocketing because of all of my smaller routes. So it seems to me that once you make the decision to be a regional carrier, and to focus on those short routes with little marketing, you can't then make the decision to compete on larger routes, making a hybrid strategy impossible. Do others interpret my situation in the same way. I could try to sell all of my smaller planes and buy a pile of larger planes (737s, probably), but I would be selling my planes for 50 cents on the dollar, if at all. It would be like starting the game again with a higher starting money... Does anybody find that the regional/standard hybrid strategy is feasible? Is there anything I'm missing?