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Author Topic: Decent place to start an under 19 seat airline?  (Read 2021 times)

Offline tcrlaf

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Re: Decent place to start an under 19 seat airline?
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2015, 06:05:39 PM »
They are NOT cheap to fly, nor are most small jets, which is why no one uses them for pax operations (couple of exceptions, of course, like Enterprise Airlines of the late 80's/early 90's (REAL interesting story behind that one!)

For example, Direct Operating Costs for a G-4 will run you around $3,500-$7,000 an hour, depending on utilization, in the real word, before staffing, costs, etc. Compare that to a SWM III, for example, that my company was flying, fully-funded (!!!), for $300 bucks and hour (direct ownership), or less, in the early 90's. The SAAB 340-b's were running around $1,200 an hour in the same period.
« Last Edit: August 28, 2015, 06:12:51 PM by tcrlaf »

Offline Andre

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Re: Decent place to start an under 19 seat airline?
« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2015, 03:05:35 PM »
nevermind the citations are kinda small, but the gulfstreams can handle 19-20 people sometimes more

Right now that wouldn't work, and the reason is that a Gulfstream is basically a full first class business jet. You would have to charge a huge fee for each seat. In the real world there are some small premium airlines flying such routes, but in Airwaysim you can't fly a plane with only first class. A Gulfstream will probably use the same amount of fuel as a CRJ, so you would need to charge a large premium price for the tickets.

The system is being overhauled and in-flight entertainment added and classes might be changed, so it might work in the future. But I have no idea when.


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