So this is my general feeling, and has been for a considerable time, I've been playing ALS since late 2012, and every time I leave for a period of a few months it's always due to the same reason - the seemingly near impossible task of running a reasonably profitable airline, the only profitable airline i've ever been able to run so far made $125,000 per week, now frankly that's terrible, at that rate it's going to be two weeks before I can afford to lease the next mid-sized jet.
My airline was started on the 18th October, it's now 2 days in and I've made just under $20,000 profit, however there's depreciation to pay, which takes me to -$195,000, plus leasing costs at the end of the week, another $720,000 for 4 Embraer 195LR's........ my main point is, how is that at all realistic?
$180,000 per WEEK?
I've done some research, and as from the attached photo, the average leasing cost for an Embraer 195LR in December 2014, was $216,000 per MONTH, where were the in-game costs taken from, and are they even ever updated?
Obviously there is quite a significant difference, I'm amazed it's even possible to be hugely profitable on this game like i've seen some airlines be.....
With those ridiculously high leasing costs, and with only a startup capital of $10 million how can it even be done?
Assuming I fill all 108 seats on my plane, the most profit I make is about $2,500, if I don't fill the plane the about 70-80% capacity, then I lose thousands....
Personally, I do very much like this simulation, but frankly it's a pity that it seems stupidly hard to even make a profit that's worthwhile, and won't involving waiting real life weeks/months just to be able to afford to lease another aircraft.
Note: The image was taken from here: http://www.aviaam.com/Average-lease-rates
Any advice or suggestions?
Thanks for your time.