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Author Topic: LET L-410 Experiment  (Read 1260 times)

Offline Troxartas86

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LET L-410 Experiment
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:21:54 AM »
Since I screwed up my plan for a big Soviet fleet, I have since been toying around in Dayton, Ohio most recently with the never used L-410. I actually launched every single model back in JA6 and maintained a fleet of around 40 for a long time but those were subsidized by 20 An-26s and a rather large fleet of DC-9s. They seemed profitable and I had two bases just for them but I never bothered to look at the numbers.

Here I have had a fleet of two owned L-410As and five leased UVPs, although I ran out of cash before I could schedule two of them. Anyway, RIs aren't maxed out yet but I have two aircraft with over 80% LF. One is owned and one is leased with both making $40-$50,000/wk. The other three are half full at this point drawing $20-$30k/wk. Generally, they all fly from 5:00-23:00.

In my best month I managed $1,515,566 in gross revenue but this was immediately gobbled up by nearly a million in staff costs. It hasn't quite been six months yet but I don't think I will learn much more and I am out of money so I am going to take this operation to the third world shortly aiming to own every plane. The difficulty is in finding a place with enough <300NM routes.

Offline Sanabas

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Re: LET L-410 Experiment
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 09:31:32 AM »
I don't know what the staff costs are like, and there is a curfew to work with, but I think Tagbilaran in the Phillipines offers a really good choice of size 3 airport for cheaper fees/slots, and a lot of short, 20+ pax routes. 21 of them under 200 NM, with ~1000 daily pax all up, in fact.

And failing that, I know you can make them work in Bauerfield because of the dirt-cheap staff.

Offline Troxartas86

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Re: LET L-410 Experiment
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »
I am now operating two owned aircraft out of Lagos, Nigeria and the last two weeks were already profitable. That's less than 90 days to start making a little money!

Expansion options are very limited however so I may move to the airport you suggested eventually. I went with Nigeria because it recently opened up and I've had some turboprop success there before and I was familiar with the airports.

Offline Troxartas86

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Re: LET L-410 Experiment
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 10:07:18 PM »

They definitely work! I have three owned aircraft making about $50k/wk for a profit margin over 20% which puts me in the top ten. I will try to continue the experiment as long as possible but I fear I will soon run out of aircraft as the brokers have begun mass-scrapping just as I built up enough cash to buy a 4th plane.

When the world runs out of LETs I will be forced to switch to something else like the E-110 at which point this becomes just a regular regional airline rather than the proof of concept that it is right now.

My top earner boasts a 91%LF and weekly profits of $70k, the middle plane makes nearly $50k with LFs in the 80's and the third brings in just $20k while it still builds up RI. The last plane also suffers a bit from some low demand routes. This week I will be raising prices considerably.

Offline Troxartas86

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Re: LET L-410 Experiment
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 07:53:42 AM »
This airline still exists FYI. 17 planes, two bases and in a lot less debt than it used to be! All LET.


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