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Choosing Your Fleet

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Choosing your fleet is as important as choosing your routes. If you pair your routes with the aircraft that suits best for them, your chances for your airline to earn a lot of money are high. However, each aircraft is designed to fly to a specific distance with varying speeds, so it is best to consult Aircraft Search on Airline Mogul to determine what aircraft is best for your chosen routes. It doesn’t matter what market you’re in: what matters is how well you use your aircraft to make profits out of operating them. The aircraft listed below are aircraft commonly used in worlds running from the mid-to-late 1980s through the 2000s. 

Note: Aircraft such as Boeing 707, Boeing 727,  DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, Airbus A300, Lockheed Martin L-1011 Tristar, and other similar planes, as well as planes in ‘classic’ worlds, such as the DC-3 and SE Caravelle 210, usually fit into multiple categories.

Based on the five kinds of flights I’ve described, here are some aircraft suggestions that I can tell you based on my prior gaming experiences:

Feeder: these planes are usually propeller-driven aircraft, with up to 100 seats, and a maximum range of up to 2,000 miles.

  • ATR-42 (-300, -320, and -500)
  • Beechcraft 1900/King Air series (for ultra-low density flights)
  • Cessna 208 series (reserved for ultra-low density bush flights
  • Dash 8 series (-200 and -300)
  • Dornier 228 series
  • Embraer EMB-120 (and its affiliate model, EMB-120 RT)
  • Fokker 50 and its High Performance sibling
  • Saab 340 series (-A and -B)
  • Xian MA-60

Samples:

Short-Haul, Low Density: these planes are mainly short jet and propeller aircraft, between 50 and 150 seats, and a maximum range of up to 3,000 miles.

  • Airbus A318 (105 seats)
  • ATR-72 (-200, -210, and -500, 70 seats)  
  • Boeing 737 family (particularly the -500 and -600 models, 105 to 125 seats)
  • Boeing 717-200 (MD-95, 105 seats)
  • Bombardier CRJ series (particularly the CRJ-100 and CRJ-200 models, 50 seats)
  • Bombardier CRJ series (particularly the CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 models, 75-90 seats)
  • Bombardier Dash 8-Q300/Q400 (50-80 seats)
  • BAE 146-100/-200/-300 (Avro RJ 70/85/100, 70-120 seats)
  • Embraer E-Jets series (particularly the E-190 and E-195 models, 85-100 seats)
  • Embraer E-Jets series (particularly the E-170 and E-175 models, 70-85 seats) 
  • Embraer Regional Jets series (particularly the ERJ-135, ERJ-140, and ERJ-145, 30-60 seats)
  • Fokker 50 and its High Performance sibling
  • Fokker 70
  • McDonnell-Douglas MD-87 (130 seats) 
  • Sukhoi SuperJet 100 

Samples:

Medium-Haul: these planes are mainly jet aircraft, with 100 to 300 seats, and a maximum range of up to 5,000 miles. These are mainly used for regional and some transcontinental flights, as well as mainline routes within a continent.

  • Airbus A320 family
  • Boeing 717-200 (MD-95)
  • Boeing 737 family (particularly the -300, -400, -700, -800, and -900 variants)
  • Boeing 757 family (-200 variant)
  • Fokker 100
  • McDonnell-Douglas MD-80/90 series aircraft (particularly the MD-81, MD-82, MD-83, MD-88, and MD-90)
  • Tupolev TU204 series

Samples:

Short and Medium-Haul, High Density: these planes are mostly jet aircraft, with basically the same characteristics as medium and long-haul planes. The advantage of using such high-density planes is that these aircraft can carry more people over popular routes (some of them lasting less than 3 hours), and many of them permit short turnaround times, allowing airlines to profit immensely from these trips. More than likely, these aircraft are all economy class in nature, with seating configuration being up to 3-3 abreast seating, and low-cost carriers use such planes to operate multiple routes a day.

Prominent examples:

  • Airbus A300 family (particularly the -600 model)
  • Boeing 757 (-300 model)

Samples:

Long-Haul (and its variants): these planes are jet aircraft, with seating of 200 people or more, and having high maximum range and speed.

  • Airbus A310
  • Airbus A330 family
  • Airbus A340 family
  • Boeing 747 family
  • Boeing 767 family
  • Boeing 777 family
  • Boeing 787 family
  • Ilyushin 96
  • McDonnell Douglas DC-10 family
  • McDonnell-Douglas MD-11

Samples:

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