I have a suggestion that has been suggested (perhaps) in the past and which the A/S team had promised to consider in future (but not seen so far!). We all notice how as a new and struggling airline, we spend our resources to purchase very expensive seats and configure our aircraft. However, as soon as you decide to change anything, that configuration (which cost you an arm and a leg) is thrown out of the window and you have to pay all over again for another configuration! This is true even if all you wanted to change or modify is a single row changed to business class or something simple like that. For instance, recently i wanted to change the configuration of my 2 weeks old aircraft from 8C / 75Y to a market induced 12C / 70Y (same seat type just different configurations) and guess what?? I had to throw $78,000 away and replace it entirely just to change the configuration costing me another $83,000 in new charges!!!
I think this is unfair and unrealistic. In reality all an Airline would have done is to purchase 4 extra Business class seats and remove some Economy seats to create space. In truth however, trying to implement such a realistic approach will be a programming nightmare for the A/S team. My suggestion to remedy this situation is a very simple one. A/S should implement a system whereby all seats are depreciated at the rate of 0.6% per week + another 10% after initial purchase. In other words, just like a new car or equipment, the moment that the seats are fitted into an aircraft it should be depreciated by 10% and on top of this, every passing week should see a further drop of 0.6% in value until the point where the seat is completely depreciated off the accounts.
Let me give a real scenario to illustrate my point. Let us assume that I have an Aircraft and the cabin configuration has just cost me $213,000. If I operate the aircraft for 18 weeks and then decide to change my seat configuration for whatever reason, this is what that decision should cost (according to my proposal):
Original cost of cabin … $213,000.00
Instant depreciated cost… $21,300.00 @ (10% of original cost)
Time depreciated cost… $23,004.00 @ (18wks x 0.6%) x Original cost
Total depreciated cost… $44,304.00
Current derived value of old seats…$168,696.00 (Refunded to player)
This allows the player to salvage and derive some value (as in real life) from the asset (seats are assets after all) and it makes it easy for the A/S team to implement without entangling themselves in the nitty-gritty of what, which or how players wish to change their configurations. This proposal simply refunds derived value of seat or cabin back to player’s account while charging the player for the cost of whichever new cabin the player opts for. I will like to believe that the implementation of this proposal should boost players satisfaction and hopefully not be that much of a headache for A/S.
Just my two cents.