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Version 2 Updates / Smaller alliances
« on: December 02, 2020, 03:10:19 pm »
I would like to see the big alliances broken up to create more competition.  The biggest alliances can attract the biggest airlines and create an entrenched position at the top with more bases and bigger allies than any challengers.  If alliances were capped at 6, there would be more of them competing with each other, and each alliance would have less advantage over upstarts.

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Version 2 Updates / Aircraft Model Affects Service Quality
« on: October 13, 2020, 05:19:45 pm »
Each plane model should have an effect on SQ and max stars on the route.  This would add more variety, strategy, and flavor to airplane choice.  It would be a good way to distinguish new aircraft and to carve out distinctive niches for budget and premium airlines.

P.S. I would also like to see more incentive to maintain fleet commonality with fewer free aircraft families and increasing costs of adding more.

I think I've seen these suggestions elsewhere - I make no claim to originality. 

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Version 2 Updates / Eliminate tiny airports
« on: October 12, 2020, 10:08:54 pm »
There are many airports that are too small to matter.  They clutter up the map and waste time when searching for new routes.  Maybe eliminate everything under 30-50k unless there's a specific reason to keep it.  I would rather see a few more airports in the 50-200k range if needed for starting players.

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Airport and City Suggestions / Major US cities too small
« on: June 25, 2020, 09:07:05 pm »
I know this has been mention before, but I would like to mention that Boston (BOS), Seattle (SEA), and Miami (MIA) in particular have strategic locations and could be several times larger.  As others have suggested, county data is useful for looking at US cities.  Miami-Dade county is 2.5M compared to 0.5M for MIA airport (2010 data).  The counties containing Seattle and Tacoma create a similar picture for SEA.  Boston is a special case, and is broken up into different cities even though they are essentially one (Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, Medford, Lynn, and Quincy are all very close to BOS airport, like within 20km).  I think adding a fictitious city such as "Miami Vicinity" would be an acceptable solution, or I would be willing to dig up real world data for cities such as the ones listed for Boston.

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I just realized that the interest rate listed for loans is the total interest for the duration of the loan not the annual percentage rate (APR).  That means that 5 year loans actually have a much lower interest rate than 1 year loans!  There is no reason to ever take a shorter loan as it is.  An easy fix would be to change the label for "interest rate" to "total interest percentage" and then increase the interest on longer loans and/or decrease it for shorter loans.  Generally lenders require a higher rate for a longer loan because of the increased risk and because their money is tied up for longer.

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General Discussion / How to bankrupt a small airline fast
« on: May 20, 2020, 07:55:38 pm »
I love this game so far, but I got off to a rocky start.  For my starting company I chose the middle option "a modest start" or something like that.  I hoped that having a small fleet and some reputation would let me get off to a faster start.  I put my HQ in Salt Lake City (SLC) and opened routs with no direct competition.  I quickly used up all my slots at SLC, but I still had many idle planes.  I thought, "I need to grow quickly with so many planes to maintain and a debt load to carry.  There must be a way to use all these planes."  So I looked for a way to increase my slots at SLC and saw the "upgrade base" button.  Now a more prudent CEO would have checked the price, but I let enthusiasm get the better of me.  The next thing I knew, all my cash was gone, my expenses were even higher, and I still only had 20 slots.  :(  So I did what any good airline does when it gets in trouble; I declared bankruptcy.  My apologies to the original investors in Sky Chariot,  :P but your sacrifice was not in vain because the new Sky Chariot got a nice reputation bonus.  Maybe the middle starting option should give a loyalty bonus at your HQ and start with a smaller fleet so that new players don't feel so much pressure to rush their planes into service.  By the way, I'm doing fine now despite a few small missteps, so my new shareholders can rest easy.

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