Once airlines in AS reach a certain size, it becomes increasingly difficult to actively manage them. The tools in AS are very good for managing individual flights or routes; but they do not scale well, making it extremely time-intensive to manage an airline with hundreds of routes.
From my experience, and from posts from other players, this causes two problems:
A lot of players shut down their airlines once they reach a certain size, because for them, the need to manage a rapidly growing number of manual steps stops being ‘fun’ and starts feeling like a job or chore (e.g. scheduling multiple new planes, every day; cancelling or adjusting many routes a week; spending time trying to manually find empty slots to fit new planes into etc)
Some players still really enjoy the challenge of managing very large airlines (it is one of the great things about AS), but it is common to hear many of them on the forum saying that they oppose changes or updates to older servers, because it would be impossible for them to restructure their airlines. That seems like a shame to me - as it makes players choose between having access to new features, versus abandoning their hard-built airlines.
I would really welcome a few ‘quality of life’ updates to the interface, to make it easier to manage larger airlines. There are probably many, many ways this could be done - different people might prefer different changes. But, they could include:
Being able to make bulk, ‘criteria based’ changes to prices or services - e.g. lowering prices on flights that have been less than 90% full over the last 48 hours, and where the ORS is less than 100. All of the information and functionality to make these changes is currently in AS - you just have to manually search multiple screens, one at a time, at the moment.
A tool in flight scheduling, to automatically find either the next free block of 7 slots, or the next free slot on a given day - I don’t know about others, but it would make it more enjoyable for me, when I have multiple planes to schedule every day, to not have to spend time manually moving departure and landing times by 5 minutes at a time, to find free slots at congested airports.
A tool to copy a flight schedule to a new plane, but to shift the days on which each flight departs - for longhaul flights, I think a lot of players set up efficient schedules that require multiple planes to achieve daily frequencies. I find having to manually re-enter the schedule for each new plane, on different days, to be a bitmof a grind. Being able to copy the schedule, and then update it to depart on different days, would save a lot of time.
I know that device time is limited on AS at the moment, but I assume that all of these changes would be pretty achievable - they are just extensions on existing tools and functionality that already exists. And, I think they would help keep more players in the game for longer. Perhaps other players have other suggestions?