Should I have a fresh start?

#1

Hello!
I’ve been running Seattle Airshuttle (Xiguan) for 4 months now, that was the most successfull airline I’ve ever run, but still made tons of mistakes and now I can’t grow anymore.

1)Should I restart? And where? There are FLL, IAD and DTW that looks suitable for a fresh start. Should I instead start somewhere else in Asia (ICN, CTS, KUL, DEL)?

2)Should I keep this airline going, even if my earnings are only growing like +100k AS$ per week?

BTW thanks for the advices on previous topics, I’ve learnt a ton

#2

The answer is a clear no.
Don’t restart, but re-structure. That other thread should have given you all advice needed.

US in Xiguan is almost empty. Just don’t focus on big airports for a hub. Use the dollars you’ve earned so far and built a well timed hub wave system. The more airframes, the better.

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#3

Well yes and no. Like AK said you need to restructure with a well timed wave system. Maybe something like 4 waves a day. At the moment your hub at Seattle doesn’t seem all that organized, the flights are sporadic and there is a limited chance of connections. It is a new world and the USA is fairly empty and so the point to point demand will still be great, but if you are looking into the future, I would suggest creating a hub and spoke system, starting with your HQ at Seattle and then moving to somewhere like Sacramento as I have seen you have started to do. Again it is up to you, but I feel like building a good wave system is key to becoming a more successful airline in the game.

#4

yes, I’m improving it a lot, but actually there are a cople of planes doing 2 round trip a day, 4 are doing 3 roundtrip a day and 2 are doing 4 round trip a day.
I’m actually thinking of selling the 3 ATRs in SMF to buy 2 CRJ-700, that are going to be profitable on such a large AIP like SEA.
How well should I organize the departures? I mean, may I sacrifice maintainance time? (I.E, My wave is at 14z, my A/C comes back from SMF at 12:15z…in order to get a little bit of maintainance, may I let it depart at 14:15z or should I let it depart at 14z anyway?)

#5

Maint never at your hub.
SMF has 75min transfer and geografically really isn’t the best choice. Pick one with 45min and schedule so that you’re departing >=46min after the arrivals.

#6

One guy I played with had his hub in Wichita, Kansas. Small airport (45 min connecting time), plenty of slots (8 per 5 minutes, most other small airports have far less) and no competition whatsoever. You must provide enough connections to make it work, though, as direct demand is rather limited.

#7

Wichita is one of those highly recommended locations, yes.
In fact, the less demand such airport has, the more is it suitable for a hub. Direct demand only blocks capacity once you rely on connecting pax only. The big airports are a really bad choice therefore.
Of course, in the early stage of an airline direct demand helps filling empty seats.
Hence I recommend to get as many (suitable) air frames you could get for your budget and schedule them wisely if you don’t want those direct pax.

#8

Some more options: HSV with 9 slots per 5 min and 45 min transfer time? LIT with 10 slots? LEX has also 8 slots, JAN 10, EUG with 10.

BUT pssssttt… Don’t tell anybody… :grinning:

#9

Ony tells that some American airports are massively oversized… :upside_down_face:

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