AIRLINE can be as detailed as the user wishes to make it. AIRLINE can be played in regions or globally, a user can decide price levels by aircraft or by individual segments. Service levels, encompassing such things as meal service, business lounge access, headphones and luggage allowance even newspapers, can be controlled across the entire fleet or again by individual segment. Users can operate a full service airline on long haul sectors and a no frills airline on short haul or commuter flights.
Promotional items such as playing cards, in-flight magazines and model aircraft are also taken into consideration and advertising measures can be implemented on individual cities or across an entire network and include choices covering various media formats and targeted travel classes. Billboards are usually more effective for premium classes of travel, Those pictures of far away beaches will bring in the tourists, or will they?
AIRLINE includes over 700 aircraft variations, a configuration setting allows users to turn on or off the facility to include prototype aircraft such as the original 747-300 Tri Jet which was never developed but AIRLINE allows users to experiment with these types. Start your airline in the 1940s with a few DC's or set up during the dawn of the jet age. Today or yesterday it is all possible.
Airlines can start subsidiaries, shift operations from long haul full service to a becoming a low cost budget airline. Users can decide whether or not to implement a frequent flyer program and what rewards should be made available to the members.
Given the turbulent times we live in, AIRLINE allows users to decide on the level of security or additional security measures they will take as a company including the passage of Sky Marshals.
With enough time and resources a player can build a fleet and schedule thousands of aircraft on unlimited segments. The simulation includes over 7000 airports with details including runway lengths & curfew times. As each quarter passes in AIRLINE 7 the airport data is updated and much of the historical data related to the evolution of the airport is included in the simulation.
AIRLINE allows users to select their starting year, any year from the mid 1940’s to present day. This enables game play to start with a post war DC3 and make fleet decisions based on actual release dates.
This is a serious hobbyist simulation. Don't expect an action packed arcade game or a flight simulator. AIRLINE is a business simulation for aviation enthusiasts, professionals and students alike.
The decisions are yours - the future of this airline is in your hands.
AIRLINE 7 timetables display the airline logo, the flight number, the departure point, the first intermediate stop, the operating airline (in case of code shares, the flight number). The timetables can be printed in hard copy or displayed on the screen. By researching the schedules users can make educated decisions on their operations and the airport requirements.
Scheduling & Maintenance
A7 allows schedules to be developed by also considering arrival times. Airlines can now schedule aircraft to arrive at off peak times or reduce fuel burn by slows speeds. Scheduling and updates can be done by week, 2 weeks, monthly or quarterly. This will allow much greater granularity in the processing of data. AIRLINE 7 displays the familiar route maps using static maps or the rotating globe.
Maintenance checks for PS are automatic, A and B checks need to be scheduled as part of the overall scheduling process. Maintenance can be outsourced or self managed.
A code share arrangement can be set up with any airline in A7 that is offering the agreement. The number of seats that an airline offers for sale” to another airline is specified on the code share screen. The cost of those seats is set by the operating airline and any calculations relating to profitability should be made by the purchasing airlines. Once the code share has been signed, the seats can be marketed by the new airline as if they were in their own inventory.
These days, most air traffic is based on origin and destination but in the past it was a necessity to build flights with multiple stops to reach your final destination or use multiple aircraft connecting to the final destination. AIRLINE 7 users can build connecting flights with their own aircraft, or the aircraft of the code share agreements. A connecting service can have up to 4 segments and can be all the one airline or all code share connections.
Users can control advertising through four different campaigns and if employed, an advertising manager can help advise on the best campaign investment. Campaigns will focus on Premium Travel, Coach Class, Tourism and Cargo.
AIRLINE 7 has many reports which include operational and financial data. The ability to research performance on specific routes and costs associated with the service can be analysed prior to aircraft acquisition. Reports are available on your airline or your competitors based on public domain data. Data relating to aircraft types is extensive and makes choice of equipment easy. Aircraft comparison screens detail key operational statistics and provides comparison data for specific city pairs.
Select whether or not you offer your passengers lounge access. Airlines can chose from three different types of lounges and access. Lounge access can be based on class of travel or lounge entry can be sold to individual travellers.
A7 includes graphical representation of aircraft configurations and allows four classes of travel to be configured. By selecting the number of rows, the number or seats across, airlines have granular control over the seat maps generated. Decide the size of onboard lavatories, select sleeper seats, or any of 9 other types even standing only “seats” for ULCC’s!
Review your airlines, or your competitors route maps and schedules. When building your airline you can review the route maps of your competitors to maximise your returns. You can review the aircraft type and services offered on those flights including the airfares.
A7 requires airlines to purchase or lease gates at airports. If an airlines owns the gates, they can lease them out to other airlines when not in use. If they do not have enough gate space they will not be able to operate to that airport. If an airline owns a terminal they will not need to lease gates at that airport.
A7 allows airlines to operate up to 20 different headquarters. In order for an airline to operate domestic flights in a country they much have a headquarter building in that country. An airline cannot operate domestically in a foreign country although some exceptions do apply.
Detailed balance sheet reporting including RASM, CASM, RPM and CPM are available in AIRLINE 7. Historical data and detailed analysis tools give airline managers the oversight on how their operation is performing.
AIRLINE 7 includes travel agent functionality which allows users to search airfares across all airlines including connecting fares. Airlines are able to include fuel surcharges, security charges, luggage fees and an option to link fares back to service levels.