I dont see a real difference : ordering planes for potential future use is always a risk, no matter how you finance them ; lease, loan or from cash-flow : that remains the same whether you order them in the hope of grabbing the next slot-drop under the previous system or with a more gradual take-up under the new one to keep slot-costs down.
My view is, you'll have more chance of getting any slots at all as the high cost will prevent the early bird grabbing all the worms when they do drop ; true, if you are the usual early bird with your early-warning system of buddies running 24/7 checks for you, it does suck but hey, omelettes and eggs, and not many tears from me for their loss.
YOU are missing a vital point in here pal.
We set out a strategy and stick to it. To play the game or to try something out to see if they like a new way of playing the game. If then some bloke with 'god mode' options comes along and terraform the entire planet and financial system in a RUNNING game, is it so weird you receive complaints?
I get told that it is fair as I have bought '160 slots in the last 6 months'. Yes, I can translate that in the following:
My competitor flies with 727's 4 legs a day (two slots per day for that AC) That 727 has 200 seats okay, so 2 slots for 400 seats.... My 30 seater needs 8 legs a day to have a return on investments. So that is 4 slots per day at my base airport for 120 seats in total. Guess who is paying premium prices for those slots already without this new 'so called feature to protect smaller airlines'. Well, he is transporting 4 times more Pax then I am, so I might have more slots, but who is the smaller airline in town?
Besides, With yesterdays system I already paid a lot per slot. For him 800K is doable for his 200 seater. For me it is a hell of a lot of money to get 30 seats in the air. And this morning I was faced with 4.500.000 and after complaining 1.6 million. Still way to much to have any return on investment.
This game is hard if you dare running an airline with 50 or less seat aircraft. But today's changes made it undo-able.... AGAIN.