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Airlines Manager – Tips / Tricks 2020

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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 start phase, but also later in the game.


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The following calculations are simplifications and do not take into account

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

The calculations are therefore 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.

Which routes in Airlines Manager?

The best routes offer you high capacity and are cheap. But routes that have been bought also need to be analyzed. To do this, you take a plane from yourself and look at the range, prices and flight time. You can then work out 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 ( eg 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 the demand.
  • Calculation of the The best routes with demand result from the previously calculated price multiplied by the total demand in the respective area, ie € 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 of course 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 haul, medium haul and long haul).

Airlines Manager, factors for seats for Economy, Business and FIirst

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 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 a route

You can now start the calculation with these prices and the factors. 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: if 150 > 1.81 * 100 or easier 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, there is no need to investigate the last factor. This makes it clear: The aircraft should be configured completely with economy seats (if the capacity allows this).

Another airlines manager tip: Note that the capacities do not go hand in hand with the 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 remaining demand. The remaining demand, however, 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 transport economy guests (because the calculation above resulted in 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)
  • Buy the cheapest model per class (advanced) on the price per passenger
  • Buy the on the price most cost-effective model per passenger in relation to the range (pro)

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

Advanced Method – aircraft selection

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, aircraft selection – cheapest per flight class

You can see all further sequences 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 types of aircraft)
  • Optimal choice of aircraft with Airbus or Boeing aircraft (requires 7 aircraft types)

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 – Savings in Aircraft Costs

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

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

This way you can save costs optimally and have one of all types of aircraft. Even with the Airbus or Airbus / Boeing variant, you can omit the A220-300 and immediately fall back on 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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