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Airline Manager 2 - Tools

By Kinitro Ristika

December 2016

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1) Calculate Ideal Seat Configuration Of A/C For Route

Note: there may be a small difference in the actual ideal configuration due to rounding

As described in the guide, aircraft need to be configured for each route based on demand in order to minimise empty seats and lost revenue. One could adjust the seat numbers manually but multiple calculations would have to be made to ensure that the config matched the demand. An easier way to do this would be to use this calculator, note that a first class seat requires 4 economy seats spaces and a business class seat requires 2 economy seat spaces.


To use the calculator below just enter the route demand for each class of passenger and the maximum economy seat configuration possible, i.e. the number of economy seats if all seats were economy. Then hit calculate. The results are the number of seats for each class that you need to configure.


Example: A Dassault Mercure can be configured to have a maximum of 150 seats (all in the economy class). Your intention is to fly this A/C to a destination with 98% Overall Demand, 15% Economy Demand, 25% Business Demand and 60% First Demand. Within the calculator below enter 15, 25, 60 and 150. The result will be the ideal configuration of the A/C seats - 7 Economy, 12 Business and 30 First.


Demand

Ideal Config

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Maximum Economy Seats

2) Calculate Ticket Prices For Route

Seat numbers can be pulled through from the seat configuration calculator in (1). The seat price and total income for that range are shown and are separated by a colon.


Deviation from the default price will have an effect on the number of empty seats. The default is a 0% deviation, by changing this below 0% you will not only lose out on route income but gain no more pax. The range 0-15% will result in a small loss of pax, the range 15-75% will result in significant loss of pax but could be worthwhile, the range 75%+ will result in a complete loss of pax for this route. An indicator next to the deviation input indicates the severity.


Seat Numbers

Seat Price : Total

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$

Route Distance (KM)

Deviation From Default Price (%)

% ?

3) Calculate Ideal Seat Configuration Of A/C For Charter

Note: there may be a small difference in the actual ideal configuration due to rounding

As described in the charter guide, aircraft need to be configured for each route based on demand in order to minimise empty seats and lost revenue. One could adjust the seat numbers manually but multiple calculations would have to be made to ensure that the config matched the demand. An easier way to do this would be to use this calculator, note that a first class seat requires 4 economy seats spaces and a business class seat requires 2 economy seat spaces.


To use the calculator below just enter the route demand for each class of passenger and the maximum economy seat configuration possible, i.e. the number of economy seats if all seats were economy. Then hit calculate. The results are the number of seats for each class that you need to configure.


Note that charter aircraft only consider economy and business class passengers.


Demand

Ideal Config

Maximum Economy Seats

4) Google Doc Route Planning & Management Tool

Click to view or download the resource as titled above.

The resource is in a Google Sheet format. The aircraft data is populated from the 'A/C' sheet when the names match. Enter the aircraft name and the intended route data. The ideal seat configuration, efficiencies of current seat config and income/profits will be calculated for you.

Income is based on 85% of seats filled and fuel costs are calculated as the price being $350 p/1000lbs.

Note that it is pre-populated with old data from my fleet and routes.

5) How To Minimise Empty Seats

Configure A/C to minimise the number of empty seats. Use the calculator (1) to work this out. Several other factors can affect seats filled:

  • A/C quality (dictated by the optimal seat config for the A/C not the route, extra options such as WiFi, IFE etc)
  • Staff Morale
  • Ticket Price (use default values to maximise seats filled, for potentially higher income but lower pax then experiment with increases up to 74.9%)
  • A/C damange
  • Overall Company Reputation
  • Marketing options for a route

For full info check out our guide.




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