Airline Manager 2 Guide, Tips and Tricks
Flight manager 2 is an iPhone game that has dropped you into the manager’s position of an airport of your choice. As this is an RTS game of sorts, prices for different elements change on the hour. Gas prices, market shares, and airplane prices all shift with time. With how many components there are to this game, I bring to you a few tips, tricks, and simple workarounds to make sure you don’t needlessly spend your hard-earned money.
Airline Manager 2 Guide
- Playing the market prices. The main source of money for you is flight routes and constant rotations on your planes. But, with flights, you eat up gas if you aren’t careful. As this game involves real time and value, prices for everything fluctuate often. Fuel is your main source of money draining, and prices for fuel will rise and fall over periods of time. Knowing how to buy low and figuring out when the market will be low consistently will help you plan out routes and save you money in the long run. As you can buy in bulk, finding the one low point to buy all your fuel may seem like a great idea, but remember that managing your money is the ultimate condition.
- Keeping track of your balance. Although this might seem like a simple buy, fly, and repeat game, there are multiple elements that you need to think about. As I talked about in the previous tip, fuel consumption is a major factor in money payments. But, there are two major and one minor area you need to keep in mind. The two major areas: Crew salaries and maintenance fees. The minor area is marketing and advertising fees.
- Crew Salaries are quite small amounts, but can amount to major amounts within a week. As crew salaries are paid daily, making sure you have enough money stored up to pay them for a long time is essential. A good guideline is to always have about 2 weeks worth of payment for your salaries of employees. This ensures that, no matter what, your employees will not leave or become unhappy, as salaries and payments influence their happiness levels.
- Maintenance fees are a bit trickier to pinpoint. As maintenance is only put in when a plane needs it, you don’t know the actual amount until after the inspection has been completed. So, there are two parts. A good tip for this is to have the maintenance inspection conducted almost biweekly, as well as the routine inspections dictated by the game of A, B, C, D. for the amount of money you need stored, have at least 20k to 30k for each plane that you inspect.
- Advertising is something that isn’t as necessary. Unless you put up a plan, it won’t eat at your budget. But, it does help with bringing in revenue. The only good benefit is if you want to try to speed up income, as it will only increase the amount of people buying tickets for the flights. In my case, I prefer to just slowly increase my income, instead of trying to figure out if it is worth it to put up an advertising campaign. If you do wish to use the advertising campaign, it would be the same as was with the employee salaries. Make sure you have at least 1 to 2 weeks worth of budget to set aside for the payments.
- Buy lower than what you think on planes. This is third on the list as you do not necessarily have to buy a new plane until much longer down the road. Planes are your long term investments, and upgrading to a new plane is necessary, just not as often needed. To give you an idea of what planes you should buy, make sure to keep in mind your other expenses when buying. When looking at the initial buy page, you’ll see how much it costs to just buy the plane itself. Tagged on underneath that, though, are extra charges such as taxes and ferry flight costs. This can easily put you above what you originally planned to spend, as the ferry costs can easily amount to over 100k alone. So, only buy a plane as the others wear out, or if you are willing to calculate the amount per km to ferry, which might change from game to game. This can be anywhere from 20-30 dollars per km ferried. Then, you must also take into account flight miles logged. Higher flight miles increases the chances you will have to do maintenance on it. A good rule is to not buy a used plane that has over 90k worth of miles spent already, as you most likely won’t see a huge return on investment.
Now that we have all that out of the way, we can focus on the core of the game: Making your flight plans. Each plane has a certain amount of distance it can cover in a single flight. If a plane can only fly 1k kilometers in a single flight, you’ll have to adjust your flight plan to work around that. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you won’t eat at your budget trying to fly farther than you need to.
Airline Manager 2 Tips and Tricks
- Start small. This may seem like common sense, but don’t try to send a plane 4k kilometers in a single stretch when you are just starting out. Not only will your ticket prices be astronomical, but not many people will need to take the flight, resulting in a very heavy net loss. Flight income is based on mostly one thing: Ticket prices. The amount of tickets you sell will determine how much you make. But, prices can easily jump if you aren’t careful. Ticket prices are determined by a few factors. One large factor is how many stops you have to take before you reach your final destination. If you do a non-stop flight, for example, ticket prices may be around 400-500 depending. But, add in additional 2 stops, your price may have just jumped up to 1.5k per ticket. So, start small, and work your way up, and only make stops if completely necessary.
- Time your flights. As this is still a game, waiting while a flight goes through is annoying as is. As you get farther into the game, longer wait times between when you can send a flight out can number in the 5-10 hour range. Make sure to time your flights so, when you are not going to be playing as often or when you will be having lots of time uninvolved with the game, send your flights on much longer routes so you aren’t kept waiting. This reduces the time between breaks where your planes are not flying, and makes sure you maximize your profits.
Those are my tips for flight manager 2. I hope these helped, and can’t wait to see you in the skies!