Ive been playing for 13 months. Always running a middle of the pack airline. Never bankrupted but never stellar.
My airline in this game has taken the spot last quarter for the highest profit margin and will do so in future quarters as well. And on top of that with REGIONAL aircraft.
1. The best plane in the game for making high margins is the EMB-120ER. Better than any other regional plane. Better than the Saab 340. Burns only 3/5 the fuel of the Saab but with 90% the revenue potential.
2. Advertising: I never over did it, but now I realize that all I need is newspapers and internet. My lowly CI of 28 doesnt stop me from having a 75-80% LF. Multiple frequencies build up my RI so RI must be more important than CI.
3. Fare discounting. This is important. For planes over 100 seats I think discounting is required. For smaller plane, just go with default pricing. I am finding my LFs start out at 35% but quickly get to 70% within 60 days. It is better to take the LF hit upfront than under price later and lose revenue potential.
Even with buying new planes and having C checks done, I had a 14% margin last quarter, which put me at 22/550. Before that I had a 38% margin, the #2 was at 30%. A big gap.
I am making 200K to 350k per with only 5 EMB-120s. By contrast in Modern World I am barely breaking even with 737s and DH8s