Starting afresh

The purpose of this guide is if you are starting a new account, or creating a new account on an alternative game mode.  This guide may also be applicable if you are still close to starting a new account without spending too much, you can alter some of the mistakes the guided tutorial will take you through anyway. Do check out the AM Coin Loop before starting which offers more advice on how to make the most out of free ways to increase your AM coin balance.

 

TIP Use the Web Version rather than Mobile as it will give you possibility to choose secretary name, easier navigation, and won’t force you to purchase unneeded route and plane. You can also select short tutorial.

 

Hub Selection. Most of us started with our real-life “home” airport, or choose one without any knowledge of game mechanics. The best hub for ‘Rank Rush’ style of play is MPM (Maputo, Mozambique). If it doesn’t feel like your cup of tea always choose one of the most expensive ones, as you get this one for free, and pricier the hub is, higher demand it’ll have. You can find more information on this from Network Management.

Research Centre. First week in game is the only moment when you can get a lot of them quickly. The game gives you two cheap ColaBoosts at the start and next day after you buy first one. First one will expire in 4 days, so in that time you should research your conversion rate to maximum of 40M/day.

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So we’ve created brand new airline. What are the next steps?
Research Centre. Go to research, and start any research on any Service which will take an hour.

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Finances. Go to the bank and take express loan, especially if you are able to get one at a low rate.

TIP When taking Financial Markets Loan, always set expected turnover to $1, that will boost your rating really fast.

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Aircraft Management. Lease an aircraft, the cheapest one for the shortest term. I think it’s Jetstream-41 / Bae Systems for $315,000.

Gaining free currency. Check the workshop for free gifts, Spin the wheel for travel cards and open your Card Wallet. Watch ads and play your allowance in Slot Cockpit. It’s generally 20 games but if a special event is going on, it may be 40. If you are ad-tolerant, you can buy extension in workshop, giving you 50 more games a day. Those winnings are very helpful in early game.

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TIP Never spend AM coins to speed up things as you can spend AM Coins on Aircraft Licenses, namely the 747-200B if you are a rank rusher.

Purchasing Offers and AM Gold (Optional)

Promotional Offers

You’ll never again be able to spend money in game more efficiently, other than the start. After purchasing this, you’ll receive one more offer which is more expensive and with slightly better rewards. There is a trick. Offer first appears in packs, but if you buy it there and close window, you’ll get full screen promotion for same offer. You can buy it second time there. It’ll take your money, but won’t give you rewards. But you can write to Playrion support about this issue, and they’ll send you redeem code for that.

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AM Gold

Though not the most useful subscription, the first month is discounted and offered to you at about $2. It’ll give you either $350M or R$350M. Don’t buy it on the first day of the month, so you can get two rewards with it – this month and next one. And don’t forget to cancel subscription. Sometimes AM Gold is gifted for free, so you might want to wait before buying it.

I believe those donations are the only that worth in this game, just because early on they’ll allow you to build a good income.

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Building your airline up

Research Centre & Aircraft Management. After your first research is done, you will need to start to research aircraft you will operate. If your choice is classic aircraft that require a licence like 747-200B, you may skip this stage although you’ll ensure you have a sufficient balance of AM Coins. In this example we will look at the Il-93-300, which will take 8 hours to complete. Plan your time ahead and leave longest researches to carry overnight. You can find more about fleet efficiency on Aircraft Management page.

Network Planning and Scheduling. Using the hub of MPM with Il-96-300, our first 168 hour circuit will be serving BOM CGK BKK CAN HKG PEK PVG. Note that as shorter routes depletes your subsidy less. More on this can be read on the Network Management Page, and TransSnowFlake has written a list of IL-93-300 Circuits best suited to ‘Rank Rush’ Players. Do not forget to make use of the Etihad Finder tools which can really assist your planning, and Pro Players can make use of the Etihad Gateway Portal.

Do your agenda, schedule gifted A330-300 to some route.

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Aircraft Configuration. You can see that there is not enough demand in business and first class, so we need to reconfigure seats. Use the Etihad Seat Finder to help you get every penny of profit regardless of your style of play.

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Marketing Office. Adjust prices on this route to audit values. Again, you can use the Etihad Finder tools to really help you get the maximum profits on the routes you are running.

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After your first day, the following tasks should be completed; single service available, 4 lab researches, 3 researches in Airplane category and Il-96-300 being researched overnight.

The following day you should be able to order additional aircraft (9x IL-96-300 in the example) and continue research in General. In the first RD tier, you should be able to complete the banks and 4 audit discounts.

At the end of day 3, you may run out of RD$,  but not if you bought AM gold and it gifts you R$350M. In the example, RD$ was purchased in workshop using Travel Cards.

Right at the end of day 4, All laboratory researches should be complete, so take advantage of a ‘Cola Boost’ for RD$.

Next day after purchasing first Cola, you get second one which you can buy as well.

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And finally, what all that was for. 1:7.99 conversion rate.

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It’ll run for 5 days, giving you RD$1.5B. That’s enough for all services, main cargo and staff researches. And doing those will almost double demand on your routes.

Starter gifts:

Day Reward
1 A330-300
2 $ 30M
3 10 external audits
4 10 tickets
5 +20 games x 2 days
6 30 free simulations
7 R$ 5M
8 Boost cockpit (10% for 2d or less)
9 $15M/D x2 days
10 10 internal audits
11 EMB120
12 Bob’s Toolbox
13 R&D rate +0.2%
14 R$ 20M
15 Cockpit
16 Tax Reduction
17 10 external audits
18 737-900ER