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#114547 To interline or not to interline, that's the question

Posted by CBE on 04.12.2018 - 22:30

I usually say yes! I have always believed in interlining with competition so that can't stop me. What can stop me is cost. If I fly a few flights to a place and the IL costs over 100k its way cheaper just dropping the flight. Though you never want to make enemies so just send a nice letter saying why you cant interline at the moment but you are of course open to future collaboration. Others who I usually won't interline directly are with new airlines who I don't believe will make it. If the IL makes sense I will just wait a month or two and then sign it. Or depending on the size of a market and the personal relation to a partner I won't IL with his competition. If I have a good friend in the EU I probably won't IL with his competition out of respect. Though if I don't know the people I would try to IL with everyone in a market. Alliances might also have exclusivity agreements which cant be broken!

 

One rule, never cancel an IL if not out of extreme desperation! For me, it was extremely rude when players canceled as I had to change schedules and slots were usually tight.




#114471 QUIMBY VIII: What the heck is going on??

Posted by CBE on 01.12.2018 - 13:54

Member since 8th of November. This year.

 

It's even worse if new players say such things because they haven't fallen in love with this game as we have. I'm a member since 25th of October 2014 and share the same feelings. 




#114271 Black Friday

Posted by CBE on 23.11.2018 - 16:57

So some deals have been shaping up. Huawei (all options MateBook X Pro for 1650€ and M5 10.8 for 300€) and Samsung (S8 for 400€ and S9 for 520€), deals have gotten pretty good so I bought a M5 for my mum. There are also some good TV, Speaker and component deals but nothing to brag about.  Though LEGO deals have been fantastic with Toys R Us having 60% off and as most others price match so those prices can be found everywhere. Otherwise, clothes and most "normal" things barely have discounts.

 

@uzkt01 I get your point but if these are things you buy anyway then why not spend less on them? I personally don't at all like the shopping rush at black Friday. Some shoppers just buy anything that's in their way as for example when I went buying my LEGO today (some for my self but most as Christmas gifts) a deal which was just about 10% off (obviously marketed differently) was selling like butter while the actual 50% - 60% off deals where barely touched.

 

The AS deal might make me buy some credits again, who knows? :D




#114089 Battle for Indonesia

Posted by CBE on 18.11.2018 - 15:34

Great job playing my beloved Indonesia! After having held a monopoly of it for 2 years here is some advice for success:

 

  • Throw anything at grabbing as many slots as possible before anyone else can (No slot blocking, obviously). Afterwards, start a subsidiary with a good image and gradually transfer flights there.
  • Have the highest possible price in the beginning. Afterwards, switch to the highest possible rating. 
  • FLY TO AUSTRALIA! And connect it to the Middle East and China! That's where the money is. I had about 50 A350s and a ton of A320s flying just to Australia. There is so much traffic if you have good partners and a very competitive rating.
  • Direct domestic traffic works at any time but creates very good waves for Australia flights (otherwise they don't work). So snatch all slots around your waves. They will be very useful in the future.
  • Connecting Australia doesn't have to be through CGK. KNO, DPS, UPG and SUB work just as well.
  • Don't bother connecting domestic through CGK. Due to the low amount of slots, they are way more valuable for medium and long haul. Just fly with narrowbodies from everywhere to everywhere.
  • HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RATING! Otherwise, you will never be able to go International where you have strong connecting competition. 
  • SIN and KUL slots are extremely important! Don't let airlines from those places snatch your traffic.
  • Don't bother flying to India, the Philippines and Thailand. Flights barely get filled. Only fly there if you have Australia traffic to connect. 
  • Fly big planes through CGK (A380, A350, 747 or 787) and schedule them perfectly to fit waves then have narrowbodies doing the off wave times. Without the big planes, you will never be able to get the connections necessary for the very lucrative Australia, Middle East and China flights. 
  • UPG HAS INSANE DEMAND TO EVERYWHERE! Throw planes to any domestic place and they will get filled with good ratings.
  • You can throw anything on CGK-SUB, SUB-DPS and it will get filled.
  • Fly a bunch of point to point. I had over 100 A320s flying random point to point. 
  • Don't bother flying to Europe or Africa. Those planes would make way more money to Australia. Fly there only when your closer markets are covered.
  • Don't bother flying regional. There is so much demand so narrowbodies can easily be filled. If you cant fill a narrowbody the route is worthless. 

 

Good luck everyone! Remember that only 2 types of players will survive the battle. The biggest and the one with the best rating. Being medium sized with a bad rating will get you killed. 




#113679 Global Group Common News

Posted by CBE on 26.10.2018 - 14:37

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Sadly the Global Group is now officially dead after two years and a bit of operation as the CEO ran out of credits. Except for Tianjin Sky every other asset is gone. The CEO had this short comment:

 

"I have to say that I am extremely grateful to Martin and the rest of the team who have developed and run this fantastic game. It is just that I have achieved everything that I possibly can and thereby have lost interest in the game. I have also had more going on in real life such as studying more, becoming a party member of the Swedish Christian Democrat party, becoming a frequent reader at Sunday Mass in the Catholic Church of Malmö, and being elected member of the board of the Student Union. All these activities occupy most of my time but offer new challenges. This has further distanced me from the game which for me didn't offer enough challenges to continue playing. First of all, I didn't feel like there ever was anything else to do than just schedule which I never liked in the first place. I wish you all the best in this fantastic game and don't regret a second spent playing it. If anybody ever happens to be in Malmö don't be afraid to reach out to me. Cheers, Christian"




#113675 Old Vs New on International

Posted by CBE on 26.10.2018 - 13:22

As long as you operate your old planes in a dedicated company where you don't really care about the image it doesn't really matter. I have operated 50 or so old 757s and A340s across the Atlantic and the age didn't really matter as the very small revenue I lost in loads I gained in ideal wave coordination. The thing is if you are able to efficiently utilize your planes well then new planes are the way to go as they offer the best economics in this case. If you like me operated a Trans Atlantic operation where due to the distances you were not able to efficiently utilize your planes and still connect to waves then cheap planes were the way to go. Considering that I didn't really use the planes much the maintenance was fairly cheap and keeping them on the ground for half of the day barely touched my pocket which it would have with 787s. Long haul is all about connections and ideal wave coordination is the only way to go. In another case, I have operated 100 brand new A380s and 100 brand new A350s which were very much utilized meaning that they were the best way to go in that case. To summarise this remember that efficient utilization is more important than age but remember to never keep your old planes in a new plane company as they will kill your image. 




#113571 The big thread of opportunities!

Posted by CBE on 18.10.2018 - 07:36

Everyone go ahead and play Indonesia on Stapleton as Indo just died! The most fun country I have ever had.




#112894 How do you organize a huge fleet?

Posted by CBE on 15.09.2018 - 17:49

I agree that a good organisation is a great thing but whenever I try to do it I almost always forget some plane (for example when upgrading/downgrading) and for operations control. Therefore I have the planes organised per type (A320 Family, A320 long haul, A350 long haul, A350/A380 short haul) and for every hub. Sadly this leads to having hundreds of aircraft in some fleets. I also keep a pool of "Unused" planes which is for planes without schedules waiting to get schedules or get returned to lessors. Putting unused planes into specific fleets will almost certainly make me forget them.




#112531 PeR Airways - the airline of Peru

Posted by CBE on 31.08.2018 - 18:12

All this time I loved it. You Estonians are just funny on a different level!




#111957 Time to say Goodbye

Posted by CBE on 01.08.2018 - 23:51

Well, you could have contributed more instead of just being chatty about on the forums.

Just my two cents.

 

Good bye.

 

 

I truly love this game and do not regret the 4 years spent playing it, I by far love Airlinesim more than any other game I have ever played. I belive the developer has done a fantastic job making this game. I was asked a question and I honestly answers with my opinion. Through my answer nothing negative is expressed about the game but rather negativity of the neglect of the game. I belive the volunteer team are fantastic people and do the absolutely best they could with managing and improving things. With that said I do not belive it to be fully reasonable to have a for profit company run mostly by paying volunteers with little interest of the actual profiter. I agree that I have been inactive from team duties during this year (as I said in my original post). But you can neither deny the fact that no new feature has been added to the testing version of the game for over a year.

 

 

Cheers Joao, yeah those where great times. Sorry for forgetting to mention you (changed now :)).




#111942 Time to say Goodbye

Posted by CBE on 01.08.2018 - 18:40

Thanks all for tour kind words.

 

I have been privately asked "What specifically are my issues with the game?" by a couple different players and friends. I think it is suiting to tell you all. 

 

The main issue is that there are no updates, nothing new happening and a very bland interest in the game from the point of view of the developers. Personally I want challenge and I feel like I know this game too much to challenge me and there is never anything changing to add challenges. Being part of the Testing Team meant that I got to see and play around with all the latest stuff but the problem was that there was nothing new to play around with. Considering that AS is a subscription service I as a consumer wanted new things.

 

What further moved me away was that there has not been a new permanent game world in over 3 years. The only game worlds coming are temporary and lately they have taken the game a great step backwards. Having to pay more for a world without the stock market saddened me and the fact that the only way to get the latest features meant paying more for less and having all your work deleted regardless if you want it or not. Regarding the stock market I understand that it takes more time to manage but that is why there is such a great team of UAB and team. As there is no other way to transfer airlines or get investment I belive that it is a crucial feature to the game. Simply, without it a big part of the fun and collaboration is lost. Would it not have been a subscription service I wouldn't have complained about the neglect but because it is I have no other choice. In a way it is like paying for Netflix but not getting any new content. The content you have is great but ultimately you will have seen it all.

 

@banff Thanks a lot. You will have to talk to Ron ones I return it to him, it isn't my decision. 




#111817 Time to say Goodbye

Posted by CBE on 27.07.2018 - 12:16

Hey everyone, 

 

The time has finally come for me to say Goodbye! For the last four years I have enjoyed every moment of this great game but my need to focus my time on other things has meant sadly I have been fairly inactive. I realised my inactivity when I got kicked out of teams for exactly that reason. In other words I am simply not enjoying AS anymore. 

 

All I can say is that it has been a great time. I have tried to bring more happiness and joy to this community by many times moving out of the “boring business attitude” to a joyful warm and cuddly style. I have learned a lot from this game and from the community. I have loved writing every post in my airline news topics containing everything from environmental campaigns to cheesy movie reviews. Everyone here has been great. Even Ufsatp’s hate for me has greatly amused me at times. I would especially want to thank George, Leo, Jens, Ian, Ron, Lucian, Sven, James, Arne, Norman, Pedro, Joao, THX and Airlineista (forgot your names sorry) for bringing me joy and some of you for helping me out with this game. I am very sorry if I forgot anyone. Also thank you to everyone who trusted me for UAB.

 

I would also like to thank Martin for creating and still running this fantastic game. @martin Please give the game more attention and respect your team more. Atleast let them play for free, more as a gesture for what they are putting in than anything else. It's very hard representing something when you are a customer. The team are the crutches still keeping this game upright. 

 

My operations on Stapleton will slowly go away with American and Tianjin Sky probably being returned to their owners and IndoSky probably fading away, though I am not at that stage of letting go yet. 

 

If anyone want to keep in touch add Christianpals on Snap or email me at palsson.christian@gmail.com. 

 

Thank you and love you all <3,

Christian

 

P.S Let's end it off with the sad song that the title is named after




#111790 [EN] High Capacity Shuttle Routes

Posted by CBE on 26.07.2018 - 13:49

Thanks Leo for the shoutout :).

 

Yeah, I currently operate over 100 A380s on short haul routes (others operate big planes on short routes but nobody is as mad as me). I use them mainly to connect to high density waves as otherwise I wouldn't be able to fill them with mostly direct pax. While using a lot of smaller money making A321NEOs to carry the direct pax on out of wave times freeing up the A380s for connections. A nice feature for them game would be to choose where direct pax should be allowed. @martin Could we finally see something new?

 

I have them configured with a lot of business, either 63 or 81 C seats. Each flight makes a profit margin of about 20% to 30% when 80% full. They aren't money makers but they allow me to increase capacity to connect to other thinner short haul and long haul routes thereby making money on those legs. I agree that the turnaround time is long and I can only get 2 or 3 rotations per day per plane. With 8000s daily seats I would start trying something bigger but I wouldn't go A380 size considering that you are not dominant on the route. A380s mostly work when you are dominating or even having Monopoly. In your case i would rather go with 787-8 as the have short turnaround times and make good money.




#111552 Request for return of a leasing return

Posted by CBE on 15.07.2018 - 01:02

I have lost 10 A380s which where completely full at extremely slot tight airport cancelled by the lessor. They were in nowhere excessively cheap and they were from one of the largest companies on the world. This cost me million in lost loads across the network plus the extremely expensive seats on those planes and the fact that i count recover most of those slots. 

 

Nowadays I only have close friends as leassors as I simply don't trust others. I suggest you also built relationships with your lessors. You won't just get cheap leases but you will also develop trust in each other. For a lessor there is nothing better than a trustworthy leese and for a lessee there is nothing better than a trustworthy lessor. 




#111133 Hello! - Looking for some more specific advice. / A rant about My first f...

Posted by CBE on 29.06.2018 - 12:36

Regarding competition: With the right pattern and profile, you can compete with everybody.

 

Or dont compete at all, be friends instead. Our collaboration in China helps everyone as does my collaborations in the US. Previously I was also for competition and no IL and no alliance partner to IL with competitors and all that rubbish but ultimately AS is a game and we are here to have fun and make friends. Some people just take this game too seriously and competitor hostilities can be worse than in the real world. 

 

@highscore Ones upon a time when we were competitors both of us where very hostile towards each other and it was so wrong. We should have had IL instead. I am so sorry for that.