Yes, I have many questions. Here the first three of them
Firstly, how do you schedule turboprop (or any <1000nm A/C)? My schedule from 0500-2300 yield pretty much LF. Then, I've just added very short route with demand of ~60 to the gap 2300-0500, LF turns out to be 15-20% and revenue from those flights are $300-500. Just to get back the 200K slot fee and the extra staff for those route, it will take years. So the investment seems to be a failure
I'll try and fly red-eyes (i.e. take off from my HQ at 2350, fly east for 3.5 hours and move forward 2 timezones, so I land at 0530). Or I'll put a night flight on a larger route, that I also fly during the day. I try and avoid using middle of the night flights as my only flight on a small route, because they tend to make even less money. If there are 60 pax total demand, there might only be 30 willing to fly at night. But if there are 400 pax total, you can probably find 100 willing to fly at night, even if there are 250 flying with you during the day. I'll have a look tomorrow, post details of a few of my flights and how they're doing. As long as tehy're making some money, I'm happy to fly them.
Secondly, how do you deal with tax? How does tax really works in AWS?
Pretty simple. Take the lowest number on your income statement, and add any taxes that were deducted, and any loan payments made. That gives your income for the time period for tax purposes. I'll post screenies tomorrow.
Thirdly, how soon do you buy the first A/C? And how do you know if the price is a bargain? Compare with the "calculated price"?
I like to buy a plane relatively early, so that I have at least some assets to borrow against, and a potential source of quick cash if I really need it. Other people like to keep leasing, as they can grow quicker that way. It's higher risk though. Usually for me, it's just a case of once I'm big enough, and logged out for long enough, that I can afford to place a purchase order for a new plane, I'll do it. In MT, that was within a few months, I put in an order for 2 new, purchased, 50 seat planes (Saab 2000). They're cheap, they were delivered quickly, so it was easy to make sure I had the cash when they were delivered. In this game, because I logged out for so long, more cash had built up, and I needed to spend 10+ million in one hit. So that was a great time to order a new plane.
From the used market, yeah, just look at the selling price versus the calculated price. However, you shouldn't buy old planes just because they're a bargain. You need to keep the plane for 6+ years for it to work out cheaper than simply leasing. So no point buying a 20 year old bargain, because you'll only fly it for a year or two. That's why I normally start off with a new plane order or two as my first bought planes.