$15/1000pounds for the next 18 minutes.
When does AM do maintiance? How long does it last? These are good questions. Airline Manager goes down for maintiance for about 1 hour each day. Here in Sparks, Nevada, USA it is from about 10PM to 11PM each night. I say about because sometimes it begins before 10PM and not come back online till after 11PM. Other nights it can be shorter than an hour.
So when you see...
Just wait a but and it will return. All your game info is still saved and planes continue to fly.
Airline Level explained
Progression thru the levels is accomplished by tracking game activity. The primary measure of game activity is Starting Routes and Repairing Damage. I am currently at level 48 and 18% of the way to level 49.
Once I reach level 50 I will unlock the Achievement Badge for Level 50. Once at Level 100 I will receive Achievement badge for level 100. Currently there are no additional Level Badges beyond Level 100.
Reputation is a key feature in the Overview window.
Total Flights: This is a running total of how many flights you have compleeted.
Pax of all time: "Pax" is an abbreviation common in the airline business. Short for Passengers.
Cargo: If this is active it will tell you cargo totals transported.
Reputation: This can change for a few reasons. I go into detail below.
Pax Bonus: Earn faster by adding In Flight Entertainment to your planes when you buy them.
Reputation should be maintained at 100%
If you see your airline reputation fall below 100% then check on a few things.
Check the STAFF tab. Is there a strike? Try increasing salary so employee satisfaction is 80% or greater.
Check MAINTENANCE for any aircraft damage. Fix any damage As soon as possible. If planes require C-Checks then give them C-Checks the next time they land. If your planes need D-Checks give them D-Checks immediately.
How does demand impact my profits? What are the slant demand numbers?
Facebook Airline Manager's demand column tells you the strength of your route. If demand is high, example 99%, then you can reasonably expect seats to be full or near full on the route. If demand is low, example below 70% then you have a choice to make.
With low demand you can either ADVERTISE. Or you can Close the route and open route with higher demand.
If you advertise a route you are basically asking people to fly the route thru one of the many advertising campaigns. Advertising is my preferred way to increase demand. It is quick, although it can take a few days for the route to pick up demand. It is cheap if you are patient. Save up your cash and when advertising is inexpensive you should buy 7 day campaigns of the most effective advertising.
Close a route:
Closing a route is expensive. You pay fees to close a route. You pay fees to open a route. Avoid this option unless you cannot increase demand sufficiently using advertising. When I open a route I have always used the SUGGEST BY DEMAND option to let the game chose high demand routes for me. Unless the aircraft is entirely business class I do not use the suggest by business demand.
Slant demand figures explained:
In the above image you see the Demand column and the route demand. Real simple explanation. The number on the left of the slant is the Economy or Coach demand statistic. The number on the right of the slant is the Business or premium cabin demand statistic. Although you can fly routes with low demand profitably you will not be getting the full potential from your aircraft. As a general rule I will advertise first then at the end of an advertising campaign if the route demand is below 70% I will close the route and reopen a route using the suggest by demand option. Open the route right away because parking an aircraft is not going to make any money and parking fees will add up fast.
Airline summary today:
I have been adding the Boeing 787-300 at a rate of about 10 per day for the last week. I like the 787-300 because it is in the air for about 5-7 hours. I can start flights in the morning. Then again when I get to work and a third time before bed. That keeps them going almost around the clock.
My older Airbus A380's have almost all gone thru their C-Checks. Lots of profits ahead!
Airline has been renamed.
I have renamed the airline "Brashley Airways" That is of course the marriage of the names Brad and Ashley. Since I am now engaged to be married in June I figured I would use this little nickname for the airline.
Fleet is growing.
365 aircraft and growing. The acquisition of aircraft is curial to growth and success. I have been buying up many Boeing 787-300 Dreamliners. I give them WiFi and IFE to increase the likelihood of Pax Points.
Stock value is climbing.
As the airline grows the stock value reflects higher value. This is expected.
Fuel reserves are high.
I have not added the optional 100,000,000 gallon storage to the airline. I just buy fuel to fill my 999,999,999 gallon tank when the cost per 1,000 gallons is at or below $300.
Fleet has business class seats configured on new planes.
I can now configure airplanes with business class. This option is entertaining because I can look at the demand for economy/business on the routes. But it seems like revenue from business class in very incrimental. I was hoping business class seats would add more value. I do think advertising is worth every penny it costs. I try to buy advertising when it is cheap. Advertising on routs will increase demand. That is good because ending routes and opening routs on high demand city-pairs is expensive. Just increase demand with advertising and keep flying your current routes.
Normally I don't care how my airline stock changes. I know managing well in the long run will relate to a higher stock price. Rank is determined by the stock price so I am motivated to increase my rank and I must increase the stoic price. In the short term I am seeing a dip in value. I think this is caused by the sale of some of the many models I am flying.
A look at my hanger.
I decided to keep the Airbus A380 and find routes with demand above 70%.
I am buying 787-300's as fast as I can.
Back to managing like Airline Manager was meant to be played.
Account balance is now positive. I am adjusting the fleet type and size.
Airline stock price and rank
Stock has seen a modest rise. It stabilized yesterday.
Below you can see the rank climbed a few hundred ranks as the stock price increased from the morning(above) to the evening(below).
I expect the stock price to continue to rise. I am doing to be flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner's. That is my goal during April. They will have trip times of about 6-7 hours. Their fuel burn is low and fares are strong. I expect they will generate strong cash flow.
Day six and I have turned a profit with SkezAir Airlines!
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.
The future of my facebook airline manager airline...
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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This blog is updated by Brad with feedback from Ashley.