I currently fly predominantly Q400's on routes mostly under 400nm so Ive got plenty of profits without much affect from fuel costs.
Sure my 737-300s and 757-300s aren't the most fuel efficient aircraft but they are still making good profits all the same.
Now all I need do is wait a while so that I can build up cash reserves and order their replacements.
733's aren't all that bad in the grand scheme of things other than being to small to print money flying them.
753's are VERY fuel efficient for the payload that they carry. Do the math on a fuel per pax/hour and you'll see there's probably not a better plane in the game....
Well time to put on my Nomex underwear cause I am gonna pay for this but I have a question or two that seems to fit with this topic. When I log in I see that several companies have declared or forced into bankruptsy by the banks. When you expand these notices I see that they are opperating as many as 150 aircraft and are in prime locations such as Dallas, Newark,Denver and such.
Could or more importantly would anyone be willing to explain these melt-downs to a noob player? These all seem like good gambles yet they are cratering..What Gives? I understand fuel prices are a right mother right now...but they have been near 1000 for almost 5 game months....Is there some other "company killer" out there that my noob self is unaware of and if so could someone explain it to me please?
I know my operation wouldn't make a pimple on anything larger than a mosquito....but wow..I see this so often that it gives someone like me a concern. Any help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
There's a few things in play at this stage in a game world. Players can get bored, players can get torpedoed by poor management that shows its head when fuel goes up, large airlines are increasingly hard to micromanage or they have a new upstart in their base that they don't notice is winding up to kick them between the goalposts.
So lets go through a few of the less obvious ones (no need to explain boredom):
Common management issues - too many fleet types, not enough money generated per plane, not enough money generated to cover fixed costs, auto maint was turned off and d checks were forgotten, leasing planes that cost too much money relative to their income potential....
IMHO, fuel at $1000 isn't that hard, however, if you don't know the basics of the game, it will take you out really quickly. If fuel is at $500, you can run 15 fuel types and have 50% load factors and still print money.... (exageration)
The large airlines also have to be careful to watch for upstarts that can get a toe-hold in their market. Once a small competitor has a profitable enough footprint to wage war (especially when fuel is high), that competitor can chip away at the giant by targeting the highest yield routes to try to send the big airline into a spin.