Practice start? Have things tweaked THAT much in the last year? I used to be part of the Star Alliance in several games a year ago. I was in Worldlink for a while, too. I was even in Royal Singha for a while. But like I said, that was over a year ago.
I've run relatively profitable and successful airlines out of size 4 airports before, and even made all the way through a game in St Petersburg KPIE, which is at most a level 3. So it CAN be done (or at least it USED to be done). I guess I need to change with the times, don't I...
I was using E190s, with at least 17H or more of utilization (about the only downtime I had during the week was the A check). I had an underutilized route running to KMDW, and another unflown route running at first to KEWR (which was a losing proposition because it was too far away to run more than twice a day), and then switched to KMSP (which was fine until a couple established airlines decided to have a turf war right on top of me by tripling the capacity). Even as my LF dwindled, the routes were STILL profitable, but not enough money coming in to grow. And then one C check hit, and I'm in the red. Since I'm not growing, the red stayed red.
Anyway, all the bigger spots are still being well serviced by established carriers that would just squish me out of existence, and I still have this misguided notion that a small airline can survive in a 4 market. I mean my plan was to start small, and then grow my way to a 2nd hub in a larger market when THEN I can start flying internationally (not much international demand from my little market, which BTW has been a hub for a few RL airlines).
Appreciate the suggestions, though. I'll have to take a look at all those things and see if I can't adjust my tactics to the new sim. Thanks y'all!