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Data analysis of Otto - Week 48, 2017

05.12.2017 - 16:56

Being inspired by your positive feedback on last weeks statistic that I created for Idlewild, I felt it would be interesting to see how a new world is doing in comparison. To better show the dynamic growth of the world, I have added a comparative value (the previous week) to the graphs. It is quite impressive to see the explosive growth in just one week. Now is your last chance to get to the top of the stats, so push hard.

 

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The competition is fierce with more than 600 enterprises fighting for passengers and cargo.

 

As a general explanation. The columns in the back with light color are the previous week's values. In orange you will see capacity, while blue is the actual amount transported. For cargo only airlines there are some grey columns, in comparison with the overall cargo transported (including i.e. belly cargo).

 

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Europe has currently the lead, while North America and Asia are almost level. And Europe should fill up all that capacity.

 

The market share graph in form of a donut shows on the outer ring the current week's values, while the inner ring is the comparative graph with last weeks percentages.

 

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While there are already 18 alliances, the vast majority of airlines is still independent. We will certainly see a consolidation phase here soon enough. And the independent airlines even increased their market share.

 

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In terms of load factor it seems that alliance members have an advantage over independent airlines. Interesting fact.

 

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Adler1183 is already flying high and alone like a maverick. The load factors of some are a bit scary and I'm curious to figure out if they manage to fill up their seats or if a low profitability will curb their growth in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

 

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There are 29 airlines trying their luck with a cargo only operation. The belly cargo is already grabbing more than half of the capacity making the cargo flyers work for their money.

 

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The top cargo players are still a bit closer together than their counterparts in the passenger field. Let's see how it turns out for them.

 

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North America seems to be the home for cargo airlines. Unfortunately this graph doesn't show where cargo is transported, but only where the airlines have their home state.

 

 


Data analysis of Idlewild - November 2017

28.11.2017 - 04:48

Having been inspired by this post here, I felt it is time to round up the stats for Idlewild and show how we compare.

 

So here is the first comprehensive analysis of statistics of Idlewild. I'm quite impressed by the numbers. Let me know how you like that.

 

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It is impressive to see that we have transported 137 million passengers in the previous week. Also, there are only 8 pure cargo airlines with quite a low average load factor. Passenger airlines fly much more efficient with an average load factor of 84%.

 

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Asia is clearly the dominant market, with North America and Europe having a sizeable share in the global traffic. Load factor is not very high in Asia though.

 

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Diamond Star is the clearly dominant alliance on this world with a market share of 47%. And it is interesting to note, that more than a fifth of the passengers fly with independent airlines.

 

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Although Diamond Star has by far the most passengers, their average load is not too high compared to other alliances.

 

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The top players are clearly ranked and have a clear winner with mickkey95 and his Romanian airlines. It is also interesting to see the varying load factors that players get.

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FentlAir clearly sets the mark here in Asia as an independent.

 

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While Diamond Star almost takes half of the North American traffic, the Blue Sky Alliance is also "at home" in North America.

 

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Passengers can hardly avoid flying with Diamond Star when entering a plane in Europe as they occupy two thirds of the market.

 

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In South America the situation is even more dramatic, but probably also due to the lack of other alliances being present on that continent.

 

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The situation in Africa is pretty much the same as in South America.

 

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Oceania is the home of One Sky Alliance and they have the biggest share here, although they don't dominate the market, as Diamond Star and All World Alliance fight for the second place here.

 

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Cargo is a bit tricky to show by continent, as it only shows the cargo flown by home country of the airline. Since cargo can be flown world wide, this graph is a bit flawed.

 

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No surprise to see the same big players in the cargo market. There are only five players trying their luck with a pure cargo airline.


Difficulty level

20.09.2017 - 05:08

AirlineSim is a great game, but let's face it. With every new feature that is introduced and that makes the game more realistic too, it becomes more difficult for new players to get "into it" and survive. I think even now, it is quite a challenge to establish yourself in any world, unless you are an expert and know exactly what to do. Therefore I recently had this idea:

To attract (or at least not discourage immediately) new players, I think it would be nice to have a difficulty level to choose from. Easy, Intermediate, Challenging, Advanced.

To make it easy, I could imagine players get a fixed boost on their flight ratings (ORS + x). X depends on the difficulty level (Easy has the highest X, Advanced = 0).

 

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To avoid everybody goes for the Easy level, the player would be limited to a fleet (on Holding level) of 10 aircraft. If he gets past that, he automatically steps one level up to the next fleet threshold. Or he specifically has to change his level, before he can get more aircraft (possibly the automatic change is easier to program). To further give advanced players a small advantage, the ORS rating with a boost should be capped at slightly below the maximum.

It would provide a big advantage for new players and give them time to learn all the tricks and challenges in a protected mode, while avoiding that he's expanding too much on easy level. It would kind of ensure that new players get full(er) aircraft even if they don't know all the tricks.

The user could even "test" how well his strategy works, by selecting a different level before getting more aircraft and see if he still gets bookings etc.

The exact levels of fleet size and boost values would have to be determined. Look at the values above as a discussion basis. I think the concept could be implemented without having to change too much in the underlying code. It needs a small function to add the boost when instancing the flights, and a batch query once every now and then to check the fleet size and adjust the difficulty level. That could happen once or maybe twice a day per airline.

 

 


New Dashboard

16.09.2017 - 16:13

I've been recently thinking that the dashboard of an airline is not really good. It should provide more high-level information (like profits, major KPIs). But most of all, I believe it should guide the player to open tasks and help him to optimize his airline.

 

I have previously seen a "work to zero" concept on a website and loved the idea very much. So I would love to see this in Airlinesim too. Have a look at a very rough mock-up I did to show you the concept.

 

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The basic concept is quite simple. There should be a number of categories shown on the dashboard with numbers next to it. If they are all zeros, then the CEO has done his job and all is fine. If there is a number showing up, then it indicates that he has something to do.

 

In the example above, there would be 22 aircraft that need to be scheduled (it could be, that they have no flight plan at all, or maybe a MX ratio of > 500%). Below that, it could list the aircraft types and the number of that type.

 

The next category would be employees. It could be either positive (if pilots are missing) or negative (if too many people are employeed). Again, it could show the type of staff for a quick information.

 

Another category could be Terminals with unused capacity, flights that lack a service profile, or outstanding votes for the alliance. Obviously, there could be more categories, I have just listed a few to show the concept.

 

Ideally, the numbers would directly link to the screen where you can adjust the values to resolve them and turn your numbers to zeros.

 

The other section should list more KPIs and the trend of those in one place. I'd love to see the company image averages with a trend up or down, similar the overall employee mood.

 

And for the financials I would love to see the seat load factors for the current and previous week, cargo load factors, revenues, profit and possible others. In general, it should really show the summary of the airline and you can get a very good view of what's going on at one glance.

 

Let me know what you think of the idea and what numbers you thinks should be there.