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#87199 Stragegy for low AGEX value

Posted by MD-80.com on 17.07.2016 - 13:13



What are your strategy in these tough times, please help me out!


Adjusting the capacities is one of many tools IMO. Such a reduction is not automatically related with reduced frequencies - with the same number of flights and fewer seats per flight. At some of my companies, I am changing the seating-configurations to lower overall-capacity (despite the fact that these configurations tend to be unrealistic in real world) but at AS it´s possible to generate enough money with fewer seats. 

#87198 CS-100 Classification / Cargo

Posted by MD-80.com on 17.07.2016 - 13:05



Me personally, I am more disappointed in the performance. As it should be better than B737 or A319 or E195, the difference is just not there or very minimal. Anyone else feels the same?


Maybe there will be adjustments at a later stage? In reality, the CSeries (like all new aircraft) has to show their abilities in real ops and the numbers could change (in a positive or negative way).




Personally I am very happy that it does not carry cargo because it would cut my profits 


There should be IMO an option for cargo versus no cargo. The lack of lifting cargo alongside baggage on aircraft like the CSeries, Fokker 100, Dash 8, or MD-83 is unrealistic. Even small turboprops are able to carry additional cargo in real world. Nevertheless I am also happy that the CSeries is available here in the simulated aviation world. I will probably try to use them as 50-seaters. :ph34r:  ;)

#87015 Comment on AIRLINERS.NET new look

Posted by MD-80.com on 11.07.2016 - 23:17

They changed the theme in the forum back to the "old version" and this is a great imrovement IMO. It´s far more enjoyable to read the post with a darker background.

#86857 Sparrow Group Media Relations

Posted by MD-80.com on 05.07.2016 - 17:14

Sparrow Air expands MD-80-fleet, Sparrow Express rushes into the provinces


Sparrow Air is pleased to annunce that an agreement was signed for 50 additional MD-80s. This major expansion allows Sparrow Air to optimize their flight-schedule within Indonesia and between Indonesia and neighbouring countries. All the hubs maintained by Sparrow Air are affected in a very positive way with increased frequencies and new connections.

The additional MD-80s will feature a very comfortable seating-configuration for 112 passengers, including a First Class for four guests, a Business Class for 28 passengers, and our well-known Economy Class with a capacity for 80 passengers.


„The management of Sparrow Air came to the conclusion that AS-passengers are extremly aware of ways to find the most comfortable way to fly. Thus, we decided to provide the utmost comfort aboard our additional MD-80s with only 112 seats.“



Industry sources claim that Sparrow Air was close to order the 100-seat Embraer 190 but members of the fleet-planning warned the CEO „not to use a 100-seater as a 100-seater in our business“.

A 100-seat Embraer 190 would have seated only approx. 60 passengers and the financial department said „NO“ after looking at the financial numbers of the costs per seat.


The 112-seat configuration aboard the MD-80s is a compromise and allows Sparrow Air to generate acceptable load-factors faster while providing comfortable legroom. The lower payloads also allows Sparrow Air to schedule these MD-80s on longer routes and/or to and from airfields with shorter runways without severe payload-restrcitions.


The expansion will also be fueled by the re-activiation of a number of A321/B757-aircraft. It is believed that the entire uplift of additional flights justify the re-installment oft he stored aircraft.


Meanwhile, Sparrow Express introduced additional Fokker F28-4000s and now operates a fleet of 34 such aircraft. These 85-seat aircraft are scheduled to provide feeder services on behalf of Sparrow Air. The very quiet and comfortable Fokker F28 became an important tool for Sparrow Express:



At the same time, the BN2-Islander-fleet and Dash-8-fleet was also expanded, with 32 and 39 additional aircraft.


The Islander will be used to connect tiny islands while the additional Dash 8s enable Sparrow Express to develop better connections between rural areas and hubs maintained by Sparrow Air.

The additional aircraft results in a major task by the fleet-planners due to the fact that the operational fleet seems to be operating with a too small infrastructure.


German "experts" warned German tourists to use Sparrow Express. 

#86581 Sparrow Group Media Relations

Posted by MD-80.com on 28.06.2016 - 21:40

Sparrow Air signed an agreement today for 14 aircraft, including eight MD-90s, two Boeing 717s, and four Boeing 757-300s.


"These additional aircraft will be used to enhance our main hub Jakarta with more flights to more cities with more frequencies."


According to Indonesian aviation experts, Sparrow Air decided to install an even more comfortable seating-configuration on their additional MD-90s with only 121 seats in two classes 

(C36Y85). This move is seen as a reaction to the ever-increasing competition in Southeast Asia and the fact that some people are sceptical about adding used MD-90s instead of buying ultra-modern, 90-seat Q400s. One of the newest MD-90s was catched here:



Meanwhile, the two additional Boeing 717s will be based at Singapore and this allows Sparrow Air to increase their presence at Singapore with enhanced flight-schedules to and from Indonesia. The Boeing 717 remains to be the most widely used aircraft-type within Sparrow Air and the management praises the efficiency, comfort, quietness, and flexibility of the fantastic Boeing 717:



The four additional Boeing 757-300s will be used to provide much-needed capacities on domestic trunk routes while making full use of the rare slots at CGK. Due to rather short durations of the flights, three Boeing 757-300s are configured to seat 252 passengers while the fourth aircarft provides a much more comfortable configuration for 222 passengers, including a Business Class for 24 guests. This particular aircraft will be used on longer flights.


#86453 Zustand wird schlechter trotz Wartungsverhältnis

Posted by MD-80.com on 25.06.2016 - 11:46



Nein, die Flugpläne sind gleichmäßig verteilt. Aber ich habe gerade auch bemerkt, dass der Zustand bei zwei der Maschinen wieder bei >90% steht, was mich zu meiner direkt daraus resultierenden Frage führt: Wann genau wird der Zustand der Maschinen jeweils "upgedatet"? 


Wichtig ist auch zu beachten, dass sich der Zustand je nach Einsatzprofil eines Flugzeugs über den Einsatztag/-nacht verschlechtert. Bei einigen meiner Flugzeuge sind nach zwölf täglichen Flügen "durch" und werden erst wieder technisch optimiert  angezeigt, wenn dieses Flugzeug ihren ersten Einsatz nach ihrer Wartung hat. Zusätzlich kann auch der gewählte Wartungsanbieter eine Rolle spielen.

#86345 Seats and In-Flight-Services - Some issues

Posted by MD-80.com on 22.06.2016 - 02:21



120-seats (actually less than that) A-321 does exist in the Real World. AA operates 102 (!) seats A-321 between JFK and SFO/LAX. 


That´s correct.




Granted they are premium routes and therefore the high-end model works. This should not be true for the most part of the world.


The majority of airlines even changed their business approaches during the last 15 years and answer the demands with higher-density aircraft. The possibility in AS to generate high profits with very low-density configured aircraft dictates the financial success and not the lowest cost-structure. There is IMO no real need to evaluate the detailed costs of a modern aircraft. The more important thing is to configure aircraft correctly to hit the nail of the needs of the AS-passengers.


So, it´s sometimes wise to configure a Q400 with less than 50 seats or a Dash 8-300/CRJ100/200with little more than 30 seats and this is (compared to the real world) unrealistic. Even a 50-seat CRJ100 is a "problematic aircraft in real world and produces higher costs per seat compared to a less-modern 150-seater. In AS, it is sometimes wise to put less than 50 seats into a CRJ700 and this clearly shows, how the AS-passenger loves the way of seat-supply. A 50-seat CRJ100 would be less attractive for the AS-passenger due to too less comfort.


I think that the scenario won´t change and it is part of the game/"game fun". It´s possibly more important to separate the real world from AS. A Boeing 737-600 with less than 70 seats installed might be highly successful in AS but a money-burner in real world.





#86277 Seats and In-Flight-Services - Some issues

Posted by MD-80.com on 19.06.2016 - 09:02



Of course it is possible to manage a profitable airline with standard seats. But it will be harder.


I agree with you. It´s probably one of the factors to generate the "fun"-experience or "playability" for the majority of players. It has very little to do with realistic calculation concerning the urge to generate enough money with attractive seat-mile costs etc. but 70-seat A320s. 


It´s OK for me (and my Sparrow Air) to be less successful/popular due to more realistic configurations. I am aware of the fact that 190 seats in an A321 is unpopular among AS-passengers. The unpopularity of my flights would even increase with adaption of real scenarios, including 220 seats on an A321 (with a "Business Class"), 128 seats (including a First Class!) in a Boeing 717 or 149-seat MD-88s with three classes of service.


One of my many experiments is currently a Boeing 717 configured for 110 seats "like Delta": F12, C15 (like Economy Plus bla bla) and Y83. This configuration works on shorter routes but not on many others. This configuration generates a very attractive cost-structure but AS-passengers are simply too aware of the fact that this Boeing 717 is not configured as a 40-seater. In reality, airlines with 50 seat A320s or 80-seat A321s would experience huge financial problems. There are reasons that Lufthansa is not scheduling 120-seat A321s between Frankfurt and Hamburg. The financial numbers won´t please the accounting.


Regards :blush:  ;)




#86191 Comment on AIRLINERS.NET new look

Posted by MD-80.com on 16.06.2016 - 09:32

It´s really a very drastic change and I don´t like changes that much :blush: .


However, I think that most people will accept it and future visitors won´t be worried because they are not aware of the old version.


Visually, the new identity hits the nail of our time - like many ugly new airline liveries do - and it´s not my taste.

#85884 MC21

Posted by MD-80.com on 09.06.2016 - 05:04



Damals hätte auch keine Wartung irgendwas gebracht.


Hilfreich wäre es gewesen, hätte McDonnell Douglas die sehr hastige Platzierung von DC-10 bei Turkish Airlines ohne jeden (auch kommerziellen) Zeitdruck umgesetzt und tatsächlich die Modifikationen der hinteren Frachtür so umgesetzt, wie offiziell in Dokumenten festgehalten. Alleine die zeitlichen Umstände der sehr zügigen Einführung der DC-10 war für damalige Verhältnisse unzureichend. Hätte, hätte Fahrradkette. :unsure:

McDonnell Douglas wollte unbedingt THY die DC-10 rechtzeitig liefern und nahm hierfür für ANA bestimmte Flugzeuge.




A320: der lufthansaunfall in warschau, fehlerhaft programmierte schubumkehr?



Ich glaube mich zu erinnern, dass es nicht die Schubumkehr war, sondern u.a. Sensoren des Hauptfahrwerks, welches aufgrund der schwammigen Landung den Computern keine Freigabe für Schubumkehr/Spoilern gab, da das Hauptfahrwerk kein ausreichendes Gewicht meldeten. Später wurden die Sensoren so verändert, dass ein geringeres Gewicht ausreicht.




Selbst die Boeing 737-300/400/500 hatten einen (enormen) Konstruktionsfehler, der zu mindest drei tödlichen Unglücken geführt hatte. 


Dazu zähle ich auch noch den nie gänzlich aufgeklärten Absturz einer Boeing 737-200 der United im Anflug auf Colorado Springs Anfang der 1990er. tatsächlich wurden diverse Abstürze der Boeing 737 nie gänzlich geklärt, jahrelang wurde zum Beispiel spekuliert,warum 1994 eine Boeing 737-300 der USAir im Sinkflug auf Pittsburgh sich in den Boden bohrte.




Die 737-200 war in der Narrowbody-Klasse der letzte wirklich verzeihende Typ aus dem Westen - das ist jetzt mindestens 30 Jahre her.



Meinerseits würde ich die Douglas DC-9 und ihre Nachfolger ebenfalls zu den verzeihenden Mustern zählen. Diese genießen innerhalb der Branche einen hervorragenden Ruf hinsichtlich der Verarbeitung, strukturellen Robustheit, Langlebigkeit der Zelle etc..


Unabhängig vom Flugzeugtyp spielt es sicherlich eine tragende Rolle, wie ein solches Flugzeug eingesetzt wird. Manch eine vier Monate junge A320 kann in einem schlechteren Zustand sein als eine 30 Jahre junge Maschine, die kompetent gewartet und auch behandelt wird.




Vorrangig Airlines aus dem eigenen Land werden die Maschine aus politischem Druck einflotten und einsetzen.


Das zog und zieht sich wie ein Faden durch die kommerzielle Luftfahrtgeschichte. In den meisten Fällen haben Faktoren einen Einfluss, die für die Öffentlichkeit so nicht sofort ersichtlich sind. Ohne "Druck" hätte Airbus in den Anfangsjahren kaum Erfolge gehabt. Erst ab Mitte der 1970er gesellten sich zunehmend asiatische Fluglinien dazu, die sich für die A300 entschieden und auch hierfür teilweise erhebliche Zugeständnisse erhielten. Auch hörte Airbus auf die Wünsche wichtiger Fluggesellschaften, eine verkürzte A300 zu entwickeln.


Selbst die Finanzierung von internationalen Flugzeugverkäufen seitens US-amerikanischer Hersteller wurde oft über die Export-Import Bank geregelt. 


Ich glaube, dass russische und chinesische Flugzeughersteller eben auch dem staatlichen Wunsch folgen, weniger abhängig von westlichen Herstellern zu sein.


#84571 Nötigung neuer Spieler

Posted by MD-80.com on 21.05.2016 - 12:29


Ach ist das Slotblockade, wenn ich mit 737, oder jetzt auch Embraer, kleinere Flughäfen an meine Hubs anschließe???


Nein, natürlich nicht. Du beschreibst ein Drehkreuz. Es kann aber als Slotblockade ausgelegt werden, wenn man zum Beispiel an einem stark nachgefragten Flughafen (z.B. London-Heathrow) mit Pilatus-Flugzeugen Rennstrecken nach Paris und Frankfurt bedient und diese Slots somit unrealistisch mit zumeist kleinsten Flugzeugen bedient werden.


Setze ich kleine Flugzeuge ab einem großen Flughafen ein, dann sollte es immer gute Gründe für so einen Einsatz geben und hier sollte Slotblockade als Grund ausgeschlossen sein.

#84541 Beautiful planes

Posted by MD-80.com on 20.05.2016 - 21:59

I really like the design of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80... ;)




...including the MD-90, Boeing 717 and DC-9.



My affection began after my first flight in an MD-87 of Iberia in 1991 and I started to collect information about these aircraft.


Tail of an MD-87 of Finnair. The airline operated three such aircraft:




Aero Lloyd MD-83:




Two MD-87-tails of JAS Japan Air System:





Reno Air MD-90:




JAS MD-90´s in the liveries developed by Akira Kurosawa:




Rendering of the MD-95, later "Boeing 717"




Impulse Airlines Boeing 717:









#78832 Scandinavian sub forum

Posted by MD-80.com on 14.12.2015 - 09:16



...shouldn't the Finnish be included as well?


Finland is not a part of Scandinavia, IIRC ;)

#78761 Pls give me your honest opinions about this website. ;)

Posted by MD-80.com on 13.12.2015 - 13:54

Where are the seatmaps? ;)  :wub:


BTW, I don´t want to be a spoilsport but the name "Air Sweden" existed in reality IIRC. The airline operated MD-80s.




PS: I looked and here is my page about this defunct company:



#78675 Sparrow Group Media Relations

Posted by MD-80.com on 10.12.2015 - 23:57

Press-releases of Sparrow Group:


Sparrow Air


+++Sparrow Air retains regular deplaning+++


The (secret) testing of innovative ways of flight and ground ops resulted in the conclusion that the advantages were not as high as anticipated. Sparrow declines to comment some results but can confirm that “some procedures” resulted in much higher maintenance and “problems in passenger-acceptance”.


“We can confirm that regular deplaning of our MD-80/-90s, Boeing 717s, and DC-9s will be retained through the usage of the front door and/or front door and rear stairs.”


+++Sparrow Air adds MD-83s+++


Sparrow Air agreed to lease 25 additional MD-83s on a move to optimize the current network. The 144-seat MD-83s will be mostly used for expansion, including new schedules from secondary Indonesian cities to Hong Kong as well as increased frequencies from hubs to Australia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Sparrow Air´s MD-83-fleet will number a total of 27 aircraft. The airline´s MD-80-fleet will grow to 95 MD-80s (58 MD-81/-82/-83s, 37 MD-87/-88s).


+++Sparrow Air regains market-share+++


Sparrow Air are pleased to announce that both system-wide  load-factors and number of departures at major Indonesian hubs increased by approx. 4%.


The airline re-shaped their operational fleet and the following table is a summary of the aircraft used in December 2015:


41 Airbus A318, 22 Airbus A320, 71 Airbus A321 = 135

252 Boeing 757

14 Douglas DC-8

45 Douglas DC-9, 95 Douglas MD-80, 62 Douglas MD-90, 124 Boeing 717 = 326


Reasons enough for the CEO to make preparations for Christmas while singing these lovely lyrics:




+++Sparrow Air retains DC-8s+++


Sparrow Air confirms that the 14-strong DC-8-fleet will be retained to the time being as the “best solution” to provide the much needed long haul capacities.

The airline operates a mix of DC-8 Super 62s and Super 72/73s on long hauls as well as on shorter routes. The smaller DC-8-variants provide a capacity for 204 passengers while the longer Super 73 seats 233 passengers on two classes. “Sparrow Air evaluated the Airbus A380 as a potential replacement for the classic DC-8 but the CEO looked at the A380 and claimed this aircraft as ugly”.


+++ARJ21 for Sparrow Air?+++


Sparrow Air confirms that the company is generally interested in the new ARJ21. A decision could be made in the coming months but a common-crew qualification similar to the MD-80 would be a major factor as well as a maintenance-category similar to the Douglas-lineage. “The ARJ21 could augment our currently operated fleet of Douglas-jetliners and ordinary people won´t discover differences to the Boeing 717. We would attach “Boeing 717” to the engine cowlings and no one would detect our move to provide the finest fleet of T-tails.



Thank you!