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Airlines Manager – The Best Tipps / Tricks 2021

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Airlines Manager is developing into a popular game for smartphones and PCs. However, you can get a lot more out of your smartphone by watching ads. This helps you enormously, especially in the early stages of your airline. This article provides simple Airlines Manager tips and tricks to optimize your airline. These are not only very helpful for the starting phase, but also later in the game.


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The following calculations are simplifications and do not take into account

  • Subsidies
  • Actions in the game or aircraft won
  • Flight costs per flight
  • Maintenance costs
  • Fuel costs
  • Landing costs
  • Personnel costs

The calculations are therefore to be understood as a good approximation of the optimal result, but do not in fact have to be the optimal result. Nevertheless, you can use it to optimize your routes, aircraft fleet and seat allocation enormously, so that you can simplify the relatively complex game.

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Which routes in Airlines Manager?

The best routes offer you high capacity and are cheap. But routes that have been bought should also be analyzed. To do this, you take a plane from yourself and look at the range, prices and flight time. Then you can calculate the factor for each passenger.

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The step consists of several steps

  • Optimal seat configuration according to factors or average seat configurations for several planes (since I only value Economy, I only use Economy prices)
  • Division of the price per time unit multiplied by the seat configuration factor (e.g. 80% Economy, 20% Business makes 100 € EconomyTicket / 10 flight hours * 0.80 = 8 € / hour per Economy seat. From here you can see the best routes, regardless of demand .
  • The calculation of the best routes with demand results from the previously calculated price times the total demand in the respective area, i.e. € 8 / hour / economy passenger * 100 people = € 800 / hour / economy at full capacity. This results in the best route.

Which aircraft configurations in Airlines Manager? The factors:

In principle, the aircraft configuration or the distribution of seats naturally depends on whether you are planning an airline for passengers or cargo. I have currently focused on passengers and used the remaining capacity for freight. In order to find the optimal seat configuration, you have to keep an eye on the prices of your routes for all three classes, as well as the factors between the individual flight classes. The simplest comparison is made using the mean value of three aircraft for different distances (short, medium and long haul).

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Airlines Manager Factors for seating plan for Economy, Business and First Class

As can be seen, the mean value differs only slightly from the individual values, so that the factors per aircraft can be viewed as constant. But what did these factors mean? Otherwise, you could add 1,817 economy passenger seats per business seat. Per first class seat there would be 4.25 economy seats or 2.34 business seats. With these factors you can now work out the best configurations for the distribution of seats. Especially in the beginning, only economy will pay off – provided that the necessary capacity is available.

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Calculation of the seat configuration using factors

If the occupancy is high enough for all 3 capacities, then you should use the factors to calculate the correct seat configuration (Economy, Business, First). This works very easily – you only need the 3 prices for the respective route.

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Airlines Manager – Price simulation of one route

With these prices and the factors you can now start the calculation. Each economy seat brings you 100, each business seat 150 and each first seat 300. For a business seat you would have to give 1.81 economy seats. So the calculation is simple: 150> 1.81 * 100 or more simply 150> 181. It quickly becomes clear: Better 1.81 economy seats than 1 business seat. Now the game is practiced with the first class: 300> 4.25 * 100 or 300> 425? Here, too, it can be denied. Since you don’t have business seats, you don’t need to investigate the last factor. This makes it clear: the aircraft should be configured completely with economy seats (if the capacities allow this).

Another Airlines Manager Tip: Note that capacities do not go hand in hand with prices, i.e. a capacity of 300 does not mean that 300 people also want to fly by plane. To be on the safe side, you should always pull off half of it and then choose the plane.

Which aircraft for (remaining) capacities in Airlines Manager

You should do an audit to know the prices and the capacities or residual demand. However, the remaining demand relates to all price categories, i.e. With a (remaining) capacity of 300, this does not mean that 300 people want to fly for the price. Some also want to fly for a low price. You get the best approximation if you divide the number by two. This means that the remaining capacity of 300 in Economy becomes a total of 150 people in Economy. According to the case that you only want to carry economy guests (because the calculation above showed this), you can now choose an aircraft that offers seating capacity between 130 and 160 people.

You should only use remaining capacities or classes excluded by the factors in an emergency, but not for normal flight operations. The remaining capacities and passengers bring you money, but not the maximum profit.

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Which aircraft in airlines manager?

The question often arises as to which aircraft will be purchased at all, provided that the capacities in the respective seat categories determined by the factors are sufficient. There is no simple answer to this – everyone has their favorite model. There are several methods – these are my Airlines Manager tips:

  • Buy the cheapest model (just to be able to fly)
  • Purchase of the most cost-effective model per class in terms of price per passenger (advanced)
  • Purchase of the most cost-effective model in relation to the price per passenger in relation to the range (per)

In this article I would like to introduce the “Advanced” and “Pro” methods.

Advanced Method – aircraft choice

Let’s start with the most cost-effective model per class per passenger. In each of the three classes, the table offers the cheapest aircraft per economy seat.

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Airlines Manager – Airplane choice – cheapest per flight class

You can see all the other rows in the pictures below.

Pro Method – aircraft choice

With the Pro method I again decided in 4 subgroups so that everyone can determine their own airline:

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  • Optimal choice of aircraft (requires 10 types of aircraft)
  • Optimal choice of aircraft with Boeing aircraft (requires 8 types of aircraft)
  • Optimal choice of aircraft with Airbus aircraft (requires 5 aircraft types)
  • Optimal choice of aircraft with Airbus or Boeing aircraft (requires 7 types of aircraft)

The following table shows you the result of the evaluation (the price per economy seat is used in relation to the range.

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Airlines Manager – Optimal choice of aircraft with range

If you omit the long distances and only fly a maximum of 15556 kilometers, the aircraft models are significantly reduced:

  • Optimal: 7 models
  • Boeing: 7 models
  • Airbus: 3 models
  • Airbus or Boeing: 4 models

Airlines Manager Tips – Cost Savings on Aircraft

If you want to achieve real cost savings, you should go for the 7 aircraft model, but you can e.g. omit the Ilyushin Il-114, Bombardier Q-300 and Embreer EMB-120. Thus there are only 4 models here, namely

  • Bombardier Q-400,
  • Ilyushin Il-96-300,
  • Boeing 747-400 and
  • Airbus A380-800

This allows you to save costs optimally and has one of all types of aircraft. With the Airbus or Airbus / Boeing variant, you can also leave out the A220-300 and immediately use the A380-800 or the Boeing 747-400 (provided your capacities allow this). Especially in the lower ranges (where capacities by means of factor determination do not allow) you can add business class or first class seats to the plane so that you can make the most of the aircraft.


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