Here’s the majority of my fleet at SAN. (Apologies for any video glitches)
I have been playing since November 19 (about a month after initial release) and I have probably spent $150+ on the game and I’ve also gained a lot of GP’s from the previous way of doing things. But it was tilted way too far in the players side under that scenario, so the devs made the unpopular but right decision from their side to change it.
I’ve played a lot although less now and have a decent size fleet at all the airports.
My recommendation is to not go crazy and open every single gate, especially at the likes of IAD and NGO otherwise it gets insanely busy in your landing queue and you have a very empty looking airport as a result.
When you open a new airport, as you won’t have your own fleet. Throughput is important, so grind out as many planes as you can, bigger planes give you more money, but small planes turn faster…
Having a great connection partner too helps, you can rack up cash consistently. The popular thing to do is do 100 with a partner grab the gold planes and then move on. But if you find a partner willing to continue it’s worth it as you grow your airport. If you can find other partners it’s fine, but a great partner is worth their weight in W’s
L and X planes are great, they are cool, BUT they don’t actually pay for themselves after maintenance unless you are very strategic in where you send them. M and S less cool but can make enough money unless you send them on the longest runs to cover some of the losses you might take on the L’s and X’s
Don’t go past maintenance D unless you really want to. Planes have no value after that point nor will you get GP’s. But if you want to keep the fleet as long as you can, go for it.
Everyone plays the game differently and that’s ok. Some play to get through it quickly, some play to maximize W’s. Some try to play as close to a real airport as they can. Each way is fine.
Word of warning on big fleets especially of X and L, they take a long time to clear, I once had 32 380’s at IAD, I now have 4. I couldn’t spend the time needed to service them all.
This game is fun, it’s one of the best I have played. In my opinion, and I’ve played sim type games a lot over the years. Just be careful to play to your strengths and times. You won’t regret it and it won’t get boring. Dev’s are great and trust me they have lots of ideas for the game, be patient on updates, they do them as quickly as they can, but it’s a very small team and the coding is complex, new airport takes around 4 months at least.
Good luck with your games, my notes above are only suggestions there are plenty of folks out there that do different things if you want 2nd, 3rd and 4th opinions.