Thanks for your explanations! I've got another question: In v1.2: What's the different between 'yield' and 'revenue'?
You mean the "Yield" that's on the Manage Routes screen?
That one's a lot more complicated and frankly I wouldn't worry about.
But, what it really means is the number of Dollars (or Cents, or whatever) that you make Per paying passenger Per mile you flew.
And in the 'Profit'-Column: There is a profit, if the sum of the sold tickets is higher than the sum of fuel + landing fees + navigation but not included leasing of the aircraft?
Yes. That figure is "Profit", but not "Net Profit" because, as you mentioned, it doesn't subtract all
costs, only what are called direct
costs, and not even all of those.
There are many different ways to define "profit", and you will see at least 3 of them intermixed throughout the AWS screens...
First are 2 different ways of calculating "Gross Profit" within AWS that you will see on different screens, both simply referred to as "Profit":
1> There is "Revenue - Variable Costs" -- this is roughly what you see on the Manage Routes screen. This is "Gross Profit" at a very high level because it includes none of the fixed costs of operating a route; so no payroll, no leasing, no overhead at all, etc. It is only Fuel and Fees. That's it.
2> There is "Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold" -- this is what you see on the "My Aircraft" detail screens. This is the more traditional "Gross Profit". It includes all direct costs related to operating a given route/aircraft.
And then there is the most important of all, and that is "Net Profit".
That is, as mentioned earlier, "Revenue - ALL Costs". You cannot see that in AWS on a Route or an Aircraft level. All you can see it is company-wide off the bottom line of the Income Sheet.
So if you put 2 and 2 together, you've probably already figured out that what that means is just because the "Manage Routes" screen shows all your routes making money, and just because "My Aircraft" shows all your planes making money, doesn't mean your company is making money
. There are a variety of costs not included in either of those, but the main ones that aren't displayed are Marketing and Maintenance costs. So if those are high they can suck up all that gross profit
that your routes/aircraft are making and leave you with no actual net profit in the end.