I have been working for six days to take an airline that has been ignored for a few years and turn it around. The airline had accumulated about twelve-billion dollars in debt while un-played. For some reason I was going thru apps I had on facebook and found this game last week. Low-and-behold my airline was still there, loosing money every day it was unplayed. So I started flying again. Planes began breaking. I had to sell them or risk loosing one into the ocean. I have now earned a few thousand and can operate in the green. Today I was able to repair 45+ airplanes. I am happy with that.
I plan to look online and in the facebook airline manager forums for information about the ROIC of the different planes sold. I think I will update the fleet by flying a large fleet os a single type of aircraft. I may fly a few types for my own entertainment. But not as many types of planes as I have now. I think I am flying about fifteen or twenty types today.
The Airbus A-380 stays in the air for a long time. I think running shorter routes would be a good stradegy going forward. I have been selling all aircraft that require C-Checks. I have been starting flights multiple times a day. Progress has been good. I expect to sell more A-380's this week. At the current rate of flying I think the fuel will be depleted in about five days. I expect it to take a little longer because I am taking a vacation. I will play only about two times a day. Once in the morning and once at night.
A note to shareholders of my airline manager airline SkezAir:
My stock value will continue to decrease as I sell the fleet. It should not be a surprise that a shrinking fleet will diminish shareholder value. Once I can begin growing the fleet and hiring employees I expect a turn-around in the stock price. The best time to invest may be in about two to three weeks.
The airline cost money and resources at every turn. The longer I am in debt the more it costs. There are Employee Salaries, Maintenance and other fees. It costs to end a route. Planes are depreciating as they fly. Therefore I have accelerated the sale of some high value planes. Planes with little value I will keep. All planes that require a C-Check get sold immediately. If a C-Check is required I will pay to close the route and I will sell the plane.
If I chose to ignore maintenance I risk an accident or crash. My Reputation as an airline decreed then passengers would cease to fly with me and revenue would drop quickly. That would further slow growth. Most routes are currently profitable so I will continue flying as frequently as possible. Only stopping to sell if the plane requires heavy maintenance.
As day two is closing on the airline I am managing I find a lot of challenges. I do not have enough fuel to fly into profitability. I do have enough assets to avoid an airline reset. I expect to fly as much as I can and burn all the fuel if I can. I do not know if my fleet will break first. I am flying with thirty planes requiring C-Checks. Fifteen planes are damaged. I would like to service them but cannot. If I ground them they pay hanger fees. I do have a fleet of 130 Airbus A380-800's and they are worth $170,000,000 each. So after burning all the fuel I can sell part of the remaining fleet. With profits I can repair remaining fleet and buy fuel. At that point I can begin flying and begin growth.
Day one reviving the facebook airline manager airline: SkezAir Airlines
Late in day one of the revival and I have paid down 2 million of the 13 million in debt. The biggest challenge I will face is a looming fuel shortage. Because fuel cannot be bought on credit it will be difficult. I do not know if I have enough fuel to overcome the enormous debt. I will be closely monitoring the fuel supply.
Reviving a dying airline: SkezAir Airlines
Facebook Airline Manager
After nearly 8 years of inactivity on my account my airline is suffering like American Airlines was at the same time. When I opened the app today I was 13 Million dollars in debt. Morale is at near 100%. Most planes are working or in need of light repair. Overall the airline is in good condition but for the significant financial crisis. Fuel stockpile was at capacity.
I have hopes of reviving the airline to profitability by April 15th 2014. To achieve this I will keep costs low and keep the airplanes flying. Expenses will be at near zero until I can begin to buy fuel. Limitations of my budget will prevent me from purchasing any additional fuel until I begin to have money in the bank.
The first 2 million I was able to pay off was because I sold all the stock that I owned. I was owner of five different airlines. I sold about 500,000 shares to kick off the recovery. I will not invest in any airlines until I can sustain profitability flying on a weekly flight launch basis.
SkezAir Airlines has a fleet of 350 diverse planes. The largest capacity planes result in the largest payday per flight.
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