I am just starting to look for money maker planes right now I will hopefully redraft again and you can help me through it btw what airline do you run
If you click on someone's username, you can see all their airline names. Mine is Nullas Anxietas, based in Sydney. Not the best example to look at though, as I have not been very patient, and while I chose a 2nd fleet group at the start in order to get more slots and more routes, I'd have done better to not get them at all, since I plan to phase that group out eventually. I managed to lease 10 planes in two weeks, leaving me maxxed out on loans and with 0 cash, and then it cost me $12 million to schedule the routes. Much riskier than I intended it to be, thanks to not realising how dramatic some of the changes for 1.3 were.
If I was starting up in JAX now, I'd choose MD-80s as my initial fleet. Big enough, available enough and cheap enough to start up with You should get 3 planes with your initial 6 million. You have lots of routes good for them, stuff between 500-1000 nm that will take 6-9 hours for a round trip, plus stuff like Denver, Vegas and various Californian airports for later too. I'd plan to use them for 3-6 years before phasing them out. Long term, I'd plan on one fleet of 737/a320, and one of ATR/Q400s. Probably ATR, because they're also very available, so you can expand with MD80s & ATRs. But don't get your first ATR until you have at least 5-10 MD80s, and you are struggling to find any more on the used market.
For my initial routes, I'd choose to fly to ORD. Should take about 7 hours 30 with 65 minute turnarounds. It can handle 6 MD80 flights per day easily, and it's currently empty apart from one daily jumbo flight. I'd set the turnarounds to ~80 minutes, whatever makes the flights exactly 8 hours apart, so a 7am takeoff returns to base at 1340. First plane would fly at 0700, 1500, 2300, with the third flight not going tuesdays. Second plane would fly at 1100, 1900, 0100, with the third flight not going Sundays. 3rd plane, same deal of 3 8 hour flights, this time to Houston. 4th plane, which I'd lease as soon as I could get take a loan to get up to $2 million in cash, 3 times a day to Newark. Then keep expanding from there.