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Offline tungstennedge

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Heathrow Slots
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:26:08 PM »
Does anyone with previous game knowledge know what usually happens around heathrow slots? I can easily see getting another 200 aircraft out of heathrow in the next 3-4 years, but not sure about the slots. Many hours are already unusable to schedule since there are no slots, and I'm wondering if this ever gets better. Does the airport get a new runway and a new injection of slots in the 2020's with the new runway or are we limited to the 107 departures an hour for the rest of the game?

Thanks, tungstennedge.

Offline gazzz0x2z

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 07:44:31 PM »
LHR is one of the most slot-constrained airports. Managing those is strategic. Slot drops are likely to be scarce in the future.

Offline MuzhikRB

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 10:07:49 AM »
there 2 things

1. LHR as others original airports still dont switched to level 5 - I dont know why. that is limiting slots growth as well, i guess.

2. I dont understand why LHR have 132 slots (top1 airport in pax) while even Detroit (with 50M Pax vs 194M pax LHR) have 212??

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2018, 10:19:39 AM »
there 2 things

1. LHR as others original airports still dont switched to level 5 - I dont know why. that is limiting slots growth as well, i guess.

2. I dont understand why LHR have 132 slots (top1 airport in pax) while even Detroit (with 50M Pax vs 194M pax LHR) have 212??

Encourage larger aircraft use?

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 11:11:33 AM »
I enjoy it being slot constrained, means my strategy needs adapting to make the best of it.

I still enjoy AWS out of the box, I think it has enough quirks to make me think. It's not quite chess, but if it was vanilla and all the oddities removed it would be boring. My advice would be to play the game as it is, rather than wanting it changed.

Simon

Offline tungstennedge

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2019, 10:04:17 AM »
Yep, scheduling here has become an interesting puzzle. There are only slots available in about 5 hours in the day, and only one of those hours is before noon. Becoming very difficult to get over 15hrs utilization even on longhual, and difficult to get ten hrs on short haul.

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2019, 01:33:03 PM »
So slots and infra level still have not increased in over 10 years maybe?

Here is a comparison between GW3 (all top airports infra 4) and GW4 (1996, all top airports infra 5).



Oops, abit big, oh well!

So obviously LHR and other european airports have a naturally lower slot number, but the disparity between level 4 and level 5 infrastructure is a lot greater between US airports and LHR.

This is a shorter GW, and the airports haven't even reached level 5 infrastructure yet. In a few years time, the game will effectively be over, with most of the game world having been slot restricted, with no slots, from close to the start. Incredibly boring.

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2019, 08:43:59 PM »
tungstennedge's Brenter EU sadly left us today, so plenty of slots opened up... also in many other EU main hubs.
... I guess the looming "no deal brexit" was too much ?? ;) .. He seemed to be doing very well, though.
It's nice to have more breathing space now, but it's also kinda stressful having to scramble and fill the void...

Mike

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2019, 07:49:06 AM »
Yeah, there's a "few" slots now.

He was doing well cause there were no slots to compete with him. He had over 300 leased 777s, all over 24 years, and no way to replace them, and they were eating all of his profit. (I said this to him in a previous thread closer to the game start, that this would be a problem).

He could have easily lasted until game end though with 45 billion in the bank and still positive cash flow despite in red profits.

Just goes to show in a low slot mega airport like heathrow, all that matters is first 10 years in a short gameworld like this. No matter how bad your strategy is, if you have the slots no one can compete.

Also it's 2021 and all airports still infrastrucutre level 4, it's ridiculous lol.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2019, 07:52:33 AM by xBuzz »

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2019, 07:59:13 AM »
(.../...)Also it's 2021 and all airports still infrastrucutre level 4, it's ridiculous lol.

This part definitively is not working yet properly, considering how slot-locked was the whole thing for most of the game.

Offline tungstennedge

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Re: Heathrow Slots
« Reply #10 on: Today at 01:32:23 AM »
Lol I had finals + 2 week vacation and it looks like I ran dry on credits in that time. Shame, I had like 500 unscheduled aircraft to schedule. Before I left I had already stupid billions in the bank so I think I'd be able to recover although maybe with cuts, maybe in a future world I'll be able to get the experience of working out of a sticky situation.

 

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