First steps

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So, you successfully established your airline and chosen a Hub?! Congratulations. You are nine little steps away from your first scheduled flight. These steps are...


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Step 1: Advertise, advertise, advertise

Menu "Route Management" - "New Routes"

The public awareness of your airline within your hub country is currently at 25%; feeding on the initial startup media frenzy. But do not rest on your laurels - it will drop 1% per day as people tend to forget. And everywhere else your airline is currently virtually unknown.

Therefore we strongly recommend that you immediately head on over to Office - Personnel General to employ some PR-Managers. Then go to Office - Public Relations and let them work their magic.

Please note: In most cases it will take 7 days for your advertising campaigns to bear fruit.


Step 2: Acquire route rights

Menu "Route Management" - "New Routes"

Choose your departure airport to be the hub and then the desired destination. When choosing destinations, pay close attention to the values of Passengers / Cargo per week, Length / amount of runways, Curfew and Noise limit.

By clicking check route, you will find all information regarding costs. Immediately after clicking take route rights, the initial payment and the first weekly rent will be debited from your account.


Step 3: Personnel building

Menu "Infrastructure Management" - "Personnel general"

Each airport your passenger flights operate from should have a Personnel building.


Step 4: Maintenance building

Menu "Infrastructure Management" - "Maintenance"

Maintenance buildings are only needed on those airports where you wish to perform your own aircraft maintenance. In the beginning you may only need a maintenance building at your Hub.


Step 5: Buying/Leasing an aircraft

Menu "Aircraft Market" - "Aircraft Market"

Take care when selecting your aircraft, especially regarding the Capacity (Passengers / Cargo) and Consumption - as this affects the profitability. To enable your aircraft to start and land at your selected airports (destinations) correctly, please be sure to check the Range, MTOW (Maximum Take-Off Weight), Runway for take off and landing and Noise stage.

After you have bought/leased an aircraft you will find it in the menu Fleet Management - Inactive Fleet . Please note: even if you buy/lease a passenger aircraft it will always come without seating at the time of acquisition. Therefore the next step (Cabin-Setup) is very important, otherwise you will only be able to transport cargo in your as-of-yet empty plane.


Step 6: Cabin-Setup

Menu "Fleet Management" - "Cabin Setup"

Comfort, entertainment and style along with cabin space, seating arrangement and flight attendants are determined here for each aircraft type.

Costs for the Cabin Setups are displayed as soon as one has been saved. You can toy around with various ideas here and see how they would effect your bank account. The final costs will only be debited once you attach the Cabin Setup that you decided upon to your aircraft. You can do this in the menu "Fleet Management" - "Inactive Fleet" by using the link Cabin Setup.


Step 7: Board Service

Menu "Flight Planning" - "Board Service"

Here you will find the setup of the board service for your passengers. Please ensure the minimum flight duration corresponds with the meal offerings.


Step 8: Flight Schedule

Menu "Fleet Management" - "Inactive Fleet"

Plese note: Newly scheduled flights will remain empty on the day of their dispatching as well as the following day. Example: If you schedule a daily flight from LHR-MUC on Monday your first passengers will fly on Wednesday. The same logic applies to cargo flights.


The Transfer fight: It's very unlikely your aircraft is located at your Hub. At the bottom of the schedule you will find the section Create quick transfer flight. Just choose a flight number and define your transfer flight. That's all. From now on you will find your aircraft in the menu "Fleet Management" - "Active Fleet".


The Flight Schedule: At first create some new flight numbers in the menu "Flight Planning" - "Flight Numbers", then jump again to your schedlue in the menu "Fleet Management" - "Active Fleet" and schedule your flights at the section Create new flight.


Flight Personnel: If you have scheduled a flight you can see below the timetable the required number of pilots, flight attendants and purser. Before you can assign these, you first have to employ them. So off you click to the "Office" - "Personnel General". Now select the required personnel and add new employees. It is important to ensure that your pilots and maintenance engineers hold the appropriate license for your airline’s aircraft and that your other staff speaks the appropriate languages. Once you have employed enough staff head back to the flight plan. Now you assign each person to their task by selecting the details of the personnel. Once sufficient staff is assigned the red circle will turn into a green checkmark.


Ground Staff: The allotment of ground personnel works basically in the same way – just select the airport details. Furthermore, by using Self-CheckIn devices costs for CheckIn personnel can be saved.


Maintenance: If external maintenance is selected, maintenance is performed automatically between flights at that airport. If you want your own Maintenance engineers and infrastructure to perform maintenance you have to schedule this in the Fight Schedule for the aircraft.


Step 9: Insurances

Menu "Syndicate Department" - "Insurances"

A/C Liability Insurance is mandatory for each of your aircraft. Additionally, leased aircraft need Comprehensive Insurance. Please note that take-off permission will be refused for uninsured aircraft.


You are ready for your first revenue flight!

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