Airlines will need to advertise and have four different campaign types available to them. Advertising choices include 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?
The Airline Game includes over 700 aircraft variations depending on the simulation and era in progress. Some scenarios will include prototype aircraft such as the original 747-300 Tri Jet which was never developed but The Airline Game allows users to experiment with these types. Some scenarios will start in the 1940s or set up during dawn of the jet age. Today or yesterday it is all possible in The Airline Game.
With enough time and resources a player can build a fleet and schedule hundreds of aircraft on unlimited segments. The simulation includes over 7000 airports at various points in time and depending on region, with details including runway lengths & curfew times. As each quarter passes in The Airline Game airport data is updated and much of the historical data related to the evolution of the airport is included in the simulation.
This is a serious hobbyist simulation. Don't expect an action packed arcade game or a flight simulator. The Airline Game is a business simulation for aviation enthusiasts.
The Airline Game 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). By researching the schedules users can make educated decisions on their operations and the airport requirements.
Scheduling & Maintenance
Aircraft can be scheduled daily or weekly or by selecting multiple days. Aircraft can be scheduled on daily return flights or multi sector slights. 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 TAG 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. The Airline Game 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.
The Airline Game 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. Lounge access can be based on class of travel or lounge entry can be sold to individual travelers.
Airlines can decide if they want to configure their aircraft with 1, 2 or 3 classes in any mix with multiple seat types to choose from. Seat pitch is set for the economy cabin, premium seat pitch is dictated by the seat type.
Review your airline, 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.
TAG allows airlines to operate multiple 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 The Airline Game. Historical data and detailed analysis tools give airline managers the oversight on how their operation is performing.
The Airline Game includes travel agent functionality which allows users to search airfares across all airlines including connecting fares. Airlines are able to include luggage fees and an option to link fares back to service levels.