airbus_330_340
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Airline Management Sims

Fri Jun 13, 2003 12:55 pm

What are the best airline management sims that are currently availiable?
 
Sonic
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Fri Jun 13, 2003 8:24 pm

There are the following:
-Airpro 2000 - quite good in my opinion and it is free. Bad side is that there are not so much features, good side is that there are lots of planes (over 160, from DC-3 to A380), including props, jets and Russian ones, also you can start anytime. You may either lease or order planes, download more landfiles (for free) from website or create your own (this way you could create landfile and fly from your own home city for instance). You can play against up to 3 computers or friends (near one computer). Some realistic things are done here - like jets will be more popular than props, also, there are disasters, which may damage popularity. Game could be downloaded here: http://www.cruiseferry.de/airpro

-Airline Tycoon - a commercial title, but quite cartoonish and childish one, definitely not made for aviation enthusiasts. You are going around airport through offices of tourism agencies, etc. and taking orders. It has quite much features (charters, regular routes, hubs, offices at other cities, buying more gates, getting old planes, changing maintenance funding, buying petrol in advance when it is cheap, changing seats, re-engining, hiring more/less staff, etc.), but it's childish design is quite a drawback (for instance, you buy old planes at aviation museum, you can hire terrorists (from airline called ArabAir) to attack competitors planes (and later this is appening almost everyday), you can for instance lay superglue on ground so your competitor would stick and would be late where he/she is going, etc.). You could probably find this at a discouted price somewhere.

-EfZed Airline 5,0 - also a commercial title and it costs very much, much more than average game. I don't have it myself, but as far as I heard it has very many features. It isn't graphical like Airline Tycoon, but like Airpro it does give pictures of airplanes (however, unlike Airpro here they are edited).

-Aerobiz Supersonic - this title was originally released for Super Famicom gaming computer, thus you'll need emulator (but you'll be able to get this game for free from almost any emulation site). In this title, there are four scenarios set in different times (one of them in future), in each of them you'd need to take the lead in world's market in 20 years. There are 3 other competing companies (you can play against your friends too). The world is divided into 7 regions (Europe, North America, South/Central America, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania), you need to take lead in 4 of them in 20 years. In each region there could be one hub, from which you start flights in that region. This game has quite many options, like buying bussineses in cities, but some of them feels to be unneeded. There are only bigger types of planes and there are not many cities. But otherwise, it is quite entertaining - you also have to bid for slots and compete with prices and expenses, thus you could make a low-cost airline (lowering expenses (wages, maintenance, advertising) to minimum and do the same with prices in most routes). One of biggest unrealisms here is that stored planes doesn't costs to maintain, even in manual it is written that "it is wise to buy more planes than you actually need so you could use them in future".

-Airlines - in this game you play in real time, unlike turns in most other games (except Airline Tycoon), thus you have to conserve time. I don't have it myself, it is quite old and thus could be downloaded from most abandonware sites, like The Underdogs (the-underdogs.com)

-Airbucks - this game has not much planes, but also has some interesting options like for instance setting seats (economy, bussines, first) in airliner (you can see diagram of how your passenger cabin will look). As this is also quite an old game, you should be able to get it from abandonware sites.

-Airlines 2 - quite new commercial release by Interactive Vision. It is made to be quite realistic unlike Airline Tycoon - you play on real world map, buy airliners (although names of airliners are changed (Bowing, Airtaxi, etc.). There are quite many airports, but however game itself is quite randomised and this could be seen as drawbacks for people who likes realism. For instance, airport sizes are different in each game. So, in one game JFK could be "very large", while in other it might be "small" or "very small", while for example Almaty in Kazakhstan will be "very large". Same changes goes for "poor", "avarage" or "rich" cities (rich cities looks more into quality, while poor - into prices) - one day Chicago might be rich, other time poor. Also, not only that big airliners couldn't fly to smaller airports (which is understandible), but also small airliners couldn't fly to bigger airports for some reason. If you like different game each time, get this, but if you like realism than don't. You should be able to find it and some internet stores for discounted prices.

-Airline - some kind of old German title, probably never released in English. I don't know much about it as I don't have it, however I've seen it for downlading in some abandonware sites.

-AirlineSim - the only available online airline simulation. You can play it for free online without need to download anything. It has probably every plane ever built and each time new one is built, it is added to the game. Also, you can fly to very many cities. However, you are not actually in direct competition with other companies, as each company gets it's own possible number of passengers. However, you can contact other companies, offer them your technical basis at airport, etc. You also can see timetables of each airport, draw symbols for your airline and possibly livery, create website for your airline and get a link to it from your airline's page there, etc. Quite an interesting German game. Look at it at http://www.airlinesim.de

OK, as I given you info about every airline sim game released, you can choose for yourself  Smile . SOrry if I forgot some game, probably others will correct me.
 
ouboy79
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sat Jun 14, 2003 1:51 pm

Airline Simulation by Efzed is about the best you can get anywhere. It doesn't cost too much (thanks to exchange rates). It has the most features and the support for it is awesome - plus they listen to their users on adding in new features. http://www.airlinesimulation.com
 
QF743INTL
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Mon Jun 16, 2003 12:55 pm

Airpro 2000 is a good game....

i can never do any good with the big jets however..any pointers?

i can always do really well with the 320 tho!
 
NZ767
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Mon Jun 16, 2003 8:40 pm

Airpro 2000 good?
Yeah right!!
Since when can a DC10 do Syd-Lhr non-stop?
 
BrusselsSouth
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Mon Jun 16, 2003 10:15 pm

I downloaded Airpro 2000 for the first time last Friday...

Well it's funny at the beginning, but it quickly becomes boring, IMO. Not much realism, and very few options. I would not recommand it.

But I should not complain since it's free !

Regards

 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:00 am

Here's a warning:

Do not download Airpro!

It's 17Mb of rubbish. Boring, unrealistic and crap.

DC-10
 
9V-SVA
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Wed Jun 18, 2003 9:14 am

Agreed, however it does cure boredom somewhat. I'd be better off buying efzed's program but I don't have the money. Unless someone can provide the download link to me, which is impossible.

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ouboy79
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sat Jun 21, 2003 7:51 am

You need the install key to activate the software, even if you download it from the website. Plus as soon as they find out that you are using the software illegally...don't plan on ever owning a copy of their software again.
 
9V-SVA
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sat Jun 21, 2003 1:03 pm

Ouboy79, that is why I said it's impossible!

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SegmentKing
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sat Jun 21, 2003 2:54 pm

I had 4,000 planes in 1989 and when i try to do a fleet replacement, I can't... says "no more".. mother f'ers... I did, however, make it up to 1997 and got the ERJ 145s to replace my 210 Embraer Brasilias  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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Karlok
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 3:54 am

Ok. make some advertisement for myself

http://www.airline-business.nl In progress
 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 4:31 am

Any idea of a release date Karlok?

DC-10
 
Karlok
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 5:07 am

Early 2004 I think, it's now summer, free from school, so programming work will goes skyrocket
 
growly150
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 5:26 am

Sorry, i keep trying to reach www.airline-business.nl, but there seems to be no way to set up an account. Also is airlinesim.de available in English? Help, anyone?
 
Karlok
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 6:02 am

Growly150, that's correct airline-business is not realesed yet  Big grin
 
growly150
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 6:09 am

yeah i'm smart like that
 
Karlok
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sun Jun 22, 2003 4:37 pm

Ok, if you like to see a feature in the game, I would like to hear that
 
venuscat2
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sat Jun 28, 2003 1:40 am

I kind of like Airline Tycoon because of how stupid it is. It's kind of entertaining.

Now if i could just figure out where i put the CD rom disk....
 
ouboy79
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RE: Airline Management Sims

Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:53 am

Frank and Co at Efzed announced today that they are progressing with the planned Airline Online version. Some details about it include few cities than the offline version but the ability for up to 200 people to compete against each other.

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