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Airline Reports / The complete history of Asian Pacific Airlines
« on: February 24, 2012, 03:05:29 pm »

The History of Asian Pacific Airlines

Three years ago, the founder of the formerly well-known airline concern Villair group got an
It has been exactly three years since Asian Pacific Airlines, received its first three Boeing 737-800s. At that time Asian Pacific had nothing more than four gates at Taiwan Taoyuan Airport, three 737s, and a many enthusiastic employees, getting eager to start operations.

The first flight was APC 26 going from Taipei just across the straight to Xiamen, China. Since then, we at Asian Pacific had a lot of things to do. In these three years, we have managed to open 8 new bases, add more than 1000 routes, and built up a fleet of 190 aircraft and counting!

Asian Pacific was actually founded as Taiwan-Philippine Airways, and it was actually planned to become a joint Taiwanese-Philippine flag carrier.
We started growing fast, and after a few months we already had a fleet of a few ATRs. As there were very few Asian carriers at the time, we carried a lot of connecting traffic through our TPE hub. It became a natural connecting point in the region, a position it still keeps today.

We hoped for the same success when we opened a Manila hub. With some ATR 72s and a 738 we discovered the possibilities of the Filipino travelling market. We focused on regional airports, and soon we served every airport in the northern Philippines.
At the same time we added the Tupolev Tu-334 to our fleet for medium-sized markets. The choice of a Russian aircraft may have been surprising for some, but we feel that the Tupolev fulfilled our requirements as good as any other aircraft.

Our flights from TPE were almost always full, and we saw the need for a supplement, so we opened a hub at Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, serviced by ATR 42s. Something similar also happened in the Philippines, where we opened a hub in Cebu, serving as a supplement to MNL. This effectively made it possible to route connecting passengers via the smaller KHH and CEB hubs, and leave TPE and MNL to higher yielding, more profitable passenger flying to these two cities.

At that time we also placed an order for 2 Embraer E170s. This was the start to a long, loyal relationship with Embraer. Today we at Asian Pacific operate a total of 93 Embraer aircrafts, including 52 Embraer E170s.

At the same we got a letter from the regional government in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. They desperately wanted air services from us, as at that time there was no airline flying from KK.
We saw the possibility of KK as a connecting point, and therefore decided to open a hub there using ATR 42s. As we now had bases outside Taiwan and the Philippines we decided to change our name to Asian Pacific Airlines.

This was a good time period for us at Asian Pacific. We were growing extremely fast, adding a lot of destinations every month. We benefitted a lot from the lack of competition in the region!

We decided to base our fifth hub in Jakarta after a long consideration. We considered Singapore, but due to the competition situation there with both Scoot and Singapore Airlines having bases there, we decided to pick Jakarta instead. After all, much of our previous success was due to the competition situation. At this point we stopped ordering Tu-334s, and switched to E190s instead, as we loved how the E170 performed in our fleet, and had confidence in Embraer for delivering another superior product, which they of course did!

Medan in northwest Indonesia was also made a base, catering to smaller communities in the northwest. There were some internal conflict about the MES base, but we decided to go ahead with it as the previous split-hub arrangement had been working well.
However at this point of time we started to realize we had a long-term problem in our strategy. Our competitors, including Asia Europe Airlines had started pioneering long-haul routes, while we had a mainly regional South-Asian network, meaning we were missing out of potential long-haul customers choosing other airlines.

Meanwhile, we had been getting two different invites from two airlines in the U.S.A asking us to consider joining their alliances. We soon realized the benefits of being in an alliance, and after a long insider we decided to join the SkyConnect alliance, giving us an advantage against competing airlines in the region. We were at first not linked to the rest of the alliance network, but this was about to change…

For the meantime we kept a regional focus. We had a huge gap in our network in the Northeastern part of Southeast Asia. Opening a hub in Bangkok felt like a good idea, and we soon realized it one of the smartest things in the history of Asian Pacific. Bangkok was a gold-mine, and we could add hundreds of small communities in the region to our route map.

Now was the time to let the whole world know about Asian Pacific Airlines. After a careful evaluation we selected the Ilyushin Il-96-300, because of its low seat count, speed and range.

The market for long-haul flights were still small, despite our huge connection abilities. So, we decided to open a base in Honolulu, Hawaii where passengers could connect in an Emirates style hub. For example, you can fly: Singapore – Honolulu – Minneapolis, Manila – Honolulu – New York, or why not Sapporo – Honolulu – San Antonio? The possibilities are endless, and that’s why we feel a HNL hub was a smart idea.

So this is where we are right now. Of course, we are still growing, letting more cities receive service from Asian Pacific. But all this would not be possible without the support from all our employees, our customers, shareholders, and everyone else who have been supported us. We also want to thank our SkyConnect alliance partners WesternConnection, SAS and WebsterJet for helping us cover the globe. We also want to thank all airlines in the world for providing some well-needed competition. May the best airline win!

 Finally, I personally want to congratulate you if you actually read through the whole statement!  :P

Thank you for flying with Asian Pacific Airlines, a member of the SkyConnect alliance!

/SomedayTrijet, CEO of Asian Pacific Airlines.

Game Strategy / Which long-haul aircraft should I choose?
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:48:30 pm »
Year - 1994

Hi everyone. My airline Liaoning Aviation will be starting Long-haul routes soon.

I will open two "Long-haul bases" at PEK and HND. I'm going to channel all Long-haul routes between those airport (PEK for Europe/ME/Africa and HND for the Americas.) Passenger will connect from flights from the long-haul routes on to flights to selected cities (I've got this clear in my head :))

I've already bought some MD-80s for the Beijing hub that I'm soon going to open. I'm now saving up for the Long-haul aircraft (+ more MDs.)

However, I'm unsure of which long-haul aircraft I should by. Mostly I've been leaning to either the Ilyushin Il-96 or the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar.
I've listed candidates and reasons here:

Ilyushin Il-96 - Mostly because of it's range (7475 nm), which is enough to reach all places I want. I also have a soft spot for Russian aircraft, so I that's also another reason I'm thinking about buying it (After all, The B762ER is cheaper.) Seats 289.

The Boeing 767-200ER - This aircraft also has enough range for all my missions, and it's cheap. However, most of the another airlines that's have gone long-haul operates this type, which is a minus for me. I quite like having unique planes, that no one else operates (and the 762 is just so goddamn fat and ugly, I can't stand the way this type looks  ;) Seats 290

Combination of Lockheed Tristar variants -200 and -500 - The Lockheed  L-1011-200 is a bit smaller then most other aircraft (it seats 250.) I guess this reduce the mx cost quite a bit, which is the main reason I consider it. However it lacks the range for some TPAC routes, so on those I'll buy the -500, which seats 300 passengers. Seats 250/300

Ilyushin IL-62 - I'm also considering this one, but I fear it's to small for PEK and HND. Seats 196.

The A310, A333, A340, 763, DC-8, 747 and MD-11 . I think those have to high mx costs or lacks the range.

I'm not so experienced as most of you other guys, and I've only operated one other Long-haul aircraft, the A332 which isn't out yet. I'm not totally sure how high Mx costs those the listed aircraft will have, so I've just tried to not go over 300 seats.

/SomedayTrijet for Liaoning Aviation.

[+] Suggestions / [+] Research route suggestion
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:48:26 pm »
It would nice if you could enter IATA codes in "Research route".

It would save a lot of time not needing to scroll through a long list of all airports within an continent,

General Chat / Where are you posting from, right now?
« on: July 17, 2011, 11:51:15 am »
I'm posting from my computer in my bedroom.

A reward to the person that posts from the weirdest place!

Airline Reports / Villair - Liaoning Aviation (Public World 2006)
« on: July 11, 2011, 11:33:53 am »

October 1th, 1992 - Public World 2006

The Liaoning province...

Explore the opportunities of the province
Located in Northeast China, The Liaoning province has a lot to offer. Combine the beaches of Dalian with a visit to the metropolis of Shenyang. Or why not take a look at North Korea when you are in Dandong? Located right on the border to the DPRK, Dandong is the ideal place to visit if you want to experience North Korea!

While Liaoning is a great place, visiting Liaoning usually mean spending many hours a crowded train, or taking a cramped an expensive flight if it wasn't for Liaoning Aviation. Operating a next-generation aircraft, the Beech 1900D, passenger can enjoy the comfortable seat and the spacious cabin while getting served everything you need from the friendly flight attendants of Liaoning Aviation.

Despite being a new airline, Liaoning Aviation has growed fast, serving 12 destinations from the base in Shenyang airport. Those destiantions include:

Dalian - Being a modern clean city with a mix of the tradiational Chinese atmosphere and friendliness and Western architecture, Dalian has everything one can need. The city has a lot of beaches, and it has been awarded the title: China's most suitable city to live in.

Beijing - With sights like The Great wall of China, the Forbidden City and The Imperial Summer Palace, Beijing is a bubbling metropolis.

Harbin - Called the capital of the North, Harbin is the northernmost city in China that has a population over two million. Don't forget to admire the beautiful Russian architecture while visiting this lovely city!

Yantai - This city is an important harbour city, guarding the entrance of the Bohai Sea. Liaoning connects Yantai to Shenyang with a daily service.

Pyongyang - The capital of the mysterious and adventurous country of North Korea.

Liaoning Aviation is an airline with impeccable safety record. Our aircraft, the Beech 1900D is manufactured by a western company. It's modern, and a welcome change from older Chinese aircraft that some of our competitors use.

Welcome onboard! All the cabin crew of Liaoning Aviation speaks perfect English and Mandarin, and some of our cabin crew speaks Russian, meaning that you easily can communicate with them!


1 Beech 1900D -  Seats 19
1 Schafer Comanchero 500B (on order) - Seats 10

Route Map:

Liaoning Aviation - We'll show you how to fly!

Bugs / [Fixed] Strange registrations for Chinese aircraft
« on: April 26, 2011, 06:51:34 pm »
I'm a member of PW1924. I'm based in China (ID:49372), so my planes naturally have chinese registations.

I've recently ordered by 10th and 1th aircraft. Now I noticed the registrations are strange. My planes before has been registrated with B-1111/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9. Instead of having registrations B-1120 and B-1121 as they probably would have, my planes have been registered with "B-111:" The other plane have been registered with "B-111;"

This seems very strange to me!

Bugs / Lyudao, Taiwan appears to be located in the state of Scotland
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:24:25 am »
Sorry, but I don't know how to get the airport ID.

Problem: Lyudao, Taiwan (GNI) appears to be located in the state of Scotland.

Bugs / Marrakech Airport is in the state "Abu Dhabi"
« on: April 23, 2011, 02:14:12 pm »
First, I'm sorry,but I don't now how to get the ID for airports.

I just noticed that Marrakech-Menara Airport was located in the state of Abu Dhabi according to the game. I don't know which stateit's really in, but I'm aure it's not in "Abu Dhabi".

[=] Suggestions / Lounges
« on: April 19, 2011, 12:09:37 pm »
IRL, most big airline has lounges at important airports. This would be a good adition to AM.

To build a lounge in an airport, you will have to pay a one time fee. Then every month you will have to pay a lounge fee (for all the expenses, like  for the staff and for the food.) Maybe it would be cheaper to build the lounge if you build a terminal at the same time (like a package.) It could just be a button while creating a terminal: Do you want to create a terminal lounge for .... euros.

The benefits from having a lounge would be:

 - Higher price you can charge for all routes to/from that airport.

If you transport many people to an airport, the lounge would be crowded. Then people won't pay the premium to have lounge access. The LF would decline, and you would have to either lower the ticket price, or expand the lounge.

So lounges wouldn't have to be in a certain size. Maybe you would like a big lounge in your hub, and a smaller one at a destination.
To solve this you could deside how big the lounge would be. A slidebar would be perfect. The smaller you're lounge would be, the less expense, but the smaller passenger capacity it would have. If I slidebar would be to technically complicated, you could just some different lounge sizes (like: small, can handle 1000 passengers every day. Medium: Can handle 2000 passenger everyday and so on.)

I'm thinking about how alliance partners could use your lounge. I will post in this thread when I figure out how that could work.

Someday in the future, when multi-classes would be introduced, you could have buisness class exculusive lounges. But I think a lounge system could be doable without multi-classes.

What do you guys think about this proposal?

EDIT: Edited for typos.

We are proud to present a new airline: Villair. You can find us in "Public World #1860". The starting date of Villair was 4th September 1951!

Villair is an airline based at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. We fly a single "Page HPR-1 Marathon".

Our intitial destinations are Oslo, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Tallinn, but we'll soon add more destinations.
To celebrate the opening of Villair, we'll offer a sale! Round trips to Helsinki and Gothenburg is offered from 100 euros!

Villair - Making flying an experience

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