There’s this stupid little game on Facebook called Airline Manager, a game I have taken way too seriously for way too long. By way too seriously, I mean I created a relatively crude spreadsheet to track my performance, and... aparently the B753 is the best investment in the game.

I started playing the newest version, controlling Interrobang airlines, a few months ago and this is my fleet thus far;

Evidently, this game is not concerned with representing reality as far as fuel economy goes. Or the actual value of jets

The “time to return” box is representative of the purchase cost divided by the profit per hour . Although in the game you have many costs, the most notable ones are the fuel, and the gate costs. Fuel costs fluctuate, but to compensate for the costs I ignore, I gouge the fuel cost a lot. It intentionally hurts inefficient, and larger jets (which also have more staff, cost more in maintenance, etc).

Advertisement

Now I’m trying to decide how to calculate the performance of each jet beyond those crude variables in order to plan new purchases. Initially I did profit per hour/ROI, which would yield which jets earned the most money relative to how long it would take to recover the investment.

Advertisement

The issue I have with this result in particular is that the best performing jets are the narrow body B753. I can’t have a huge fleet of B753s, just being micromanaged by me all day, since I’m not all day on Facebook and the videogame isn’t keen on letting players schedule flights automatically.

on the other hand, just looking at profit per hour would ignore that the jet that takes the longest to recover the investment on is the A380, so even if it wins the most money per hour, it takes the longest to recover the initial investment too. Which is why I made this;

Even though it’s practically a line, I was trying to use exponential properties to make the jets with more flights per day suffer more

Advertisement

This equation represents the “penalty”, where X is the amount of flights possible per day, my longest flight can be “triggered” every 1.3 days, so it’s penalty is around 1. The point of this, is that short haul flights are more likely to be on the ground given my inattentiveness. “New indicator” is this penalty multiplied by the profit per hour/ROI

Advertisement

Even after making a penalty, the B753 dominates, and the longer range flights are mostly left to the bottom-middle of the “new indicator” performance list, even if they make the most money per flight hour.

So I guess, all-hail the king: the B757


In the end, all of this work is for a stupid video game. I feel like Jerry Smith sometimes: