which leased plane is the most profitable?

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which size do you want?

about 90 to 190 passengers

The is no general answer to that.

It depends on size, route, competitors…

But there’s a very useful tool to help you: The aircraft type evaluation. It helps you to find a profitable aircraft for a route as it compares the chosen models. I displays the fixed costs on that route for the aircraft and gives you the fixed costs per seat . It also displays the different costs - fuel, maintenance and capital costs are the most important. There are several cheaper models that have a high fuel consumption and high maintenance costs. So the aircraft type evalation is a powerful tool to find out strengths and weaknesses.

If you give us the route you’d like to operate we could help you to find a useful aircraft for your fleet.

For 90 to 190 passengers you can maily chose between the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 family.

There are only small strengths and weaknesses between these two familys, But you should decide on only one af these categories to avoid another mainenance class.

To make long story short, you can’t go wrong with either - 737 or A320.

You also need to remember that your choice of seats will have an affect so adjust this as necessary in the aircraft type evaluation. I’m hoping at some point there will be a means where costs will be calculated using an existing cabin configuration though :slight_smile:


as said before, there is no simple answer to your question. But…

… the most profitable plane for domestic flights is the Dash Q400A. I think no plane beats this model of the Dash family as far as fuel consumption is concerned. Being a turboprop it is a bit slower than a jet, but the short turn around time makes up for that. If the (maximum) 78 seats are enough for your needs, use this plane for your routes under 1200 km.

… the CRJ 900 is a good regional jet. They are fine for short and medium routes if you don’t have enough demand to fill a bigger jet. It can be a hassle however if you decide to replace them by bigger jets: different turn around times can make it almost impossible to find free slots on busy airports. So forget the CRJ if you have enough passengers to fill a 737.

… on medium routes, let’s say between 1000 and 2500 km, I would recommend the 737-700 BGW.

… if you can fill a bigger plane and on routes above 2500 km, I would go for the 737-900ER

… if you don’t mind adding a few older planes to your fleet, buy or lease a 737-500 BGW for your medium routes. Lease deposit is much lower. Using too many older planes might undermine your image rating, but an old 737 will still get you a 100% rating on the ORS (if price, seats and service are okay of course).

The advantage of boeing and airbus is that they have big “families” of aircraft. All 737 models have the same type rating. You don’t need to retrain a pilot if you switch him from one model to another one. They also belong to the same maintenance group. The same goes for the airbus 318/319/320/321 family. Maintenance groups are important because you pay more if you operate more than three families of aircraft in your fleet.

Use the aircraft type evaluation tool to compare different planes. There can be big differences between planes of the same family. And keep an eye on the number of weekly flights. The aircraft type evaluation tool may tell you a plane can only do 14 flights (7 return flights) per week, while the plane can actually perform more flights if you add a shorter destination to it’s schedule, or if you use a more efficient maintenance contractor. The reason why this is important: if the plane can perform more flights per week, the leasing cost per flight becomes cheaper.



I have a problem. I was using leased 737-800 winglet. It needs about $312,000 a week. I cannot break even when I was full loading. Therefore, this plane is too costly. Who can tell me how to use this leased plane to make BREAK EVEN?

Well, increase ticket prices obviously.

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Got it. thank you.

I have added a page about flight scheduling.

AirlineSim for dummies

Don’t be offended. The title refers to the well known books ;)


Like I and others have said many times before, the Dash series is the most profitable plane in the game. The Boeing 737-700 series is also fantastic as is the Boeing 767-400ER.

+1 on that one. Had not seen a more profitable AC than Dash. (Replaced few Dash’es on my longer routes to MD-82 and the % of profits remains the same, so maybe we’re wrong? )

Either way, Dash series AC are irreplaceable in your domestic and short-haul network.

Agree with both the Dash Q-400A on shorter routes and 737-900 on longer ones. Im finding the EMB195 not to be living up to my expectations -_-. I really like the aircraft, but struggle to find where it really shines. What are people’s thoughts about the EMB family in the game?

Right, going with the majority I guess, my advise would be: Q400A for regional flights, 737-700 for the lower capacity medium range flights, 737-900ER for the higher capacity medium range flights.

Always take the BGW version, unless you’re going to operate many routes at the very extremes of the possible range and need the HGW in order to carry a full load. Depending on how many seats you use, you shouldn’t need the HGW version if you operate in Europe or the USA.


Only 737’s and A320’S?

Where is The CRJ-900’S and CRJ-1000’S? (For Short and Medium flights)

It’s are a good plane, and can make profit (I have a brazilian airline, so, here it makes ‘-’). The security deposit of the CRJ is 1,500,000 and per week 150,000.

I use this plane on Medium routes with a poor LF.

But if the medium-route really make profit, the 737-700BGW is the good choice.

Have been using two 737-700’s in one of the game worlds with winglets and leased in an all-biz class config with success. Definitely a good leasing plane to use!

if you don’t need the range of the plane, the winglets version is much too expensive compared to BGW version

you can make much more profit with the BGW version

Needed range. Coast to coast USA flights in the mix, needs the HGW, winglets or no winglets.