Hi fellow players,
New to the game, as you can probably tell. Been playing for a few days now!
I seem to have gotten the hang of things fairly quickly. Most things are fairly straight forward - and by watching what other airlines do, you can soon be on your way to earning millions (or billions... )
Down to the real question now though, as the title says - can I have good reputation without a huge fleet? I would prefer not to have a massive fleet of aircraft well into the thousands. A nice 'small' fleet of say 100-200 would be quite alright (I think? ). Opening routes up simply to earn more money, and eventually having an airline that flies to a countless number of destinations is something I would prefer to avoid if at all possible.
'Route network size' contributes to 20% of the overall airline reputation. Doing some quick maths - I should be able to gain a very nice looking reputation, IF I have high percentages in the remaining components? Marketing can add up to 15% to your reputation as far as I can understand? Is it worth doing, and what should the budget be broken into?
Joining an alliance is also a possibility, handing out a further 10% - again no need for me to have all the routes in order to gain this extra percentage booster.
And lastly, having a smaller fleet obviously means less profit per day - would this disadvantage me in the long run when competing against other airlines for routes?
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Basically what I'm asking is... can I gain a high reputation without the need of leasing/buying hundreds and hundreds of aircraft (route network size reputation component)?
And one other little thing (in relation to 'route reputation') - if for example I operate an airline with a lot of low traffic routes without the need for dozens of flights a week, how does this work with the frequency of flights sub-section of this reputation component?
Thanks for reading my questions if you reached this far... I look forward to your help and information!