An economic crisis is an event in the game in which high fuel prices and low passengers occurs. An economic crisis will happen in the years between 1970-1980, 1987-2000, and 2007-2020. The economic crisis that happens between 1987-2000 and 2007-2020 will happen randomly between these years while the one in the '70s will happen in 1978 and 1979. Economic crisis can be hard to endure with many players quiting. This article will help you survive an economic crisis and be on top of the leaderboard. For tips on other aspects of Air Tycoon Online from experienced players visit the Tips and Tricks page.

Before the Crisis

        We will be using the 1970s as an example. Starting in 1970, to prepare for the economic crisis, you should begin replacing low fuel efficient planes will fuel efficient ones especially Russian made planes. You will want to replace all your less fuel efficient planes before 1977.12. You'll also want to replace planes that are near its end of lifespan. Below is a chart of recommended replacement planes during the 1970s

Old plane Reccomended Replacment Plane Alternate Replacement
  • Tupolev 104, 124, 134, 134A
  • Fokker 28
  • Boeing 737-100, 200
  • Douglas 9-10
  • Tupolev 114
  • Ilyushin 18D, 62, 62M
  • Lockheed 1049G*
  • Douglas 8-62
  • Lockheed 1011-1/200/500
  • Antonov 24
  • Douglas 9-32F
  • Boeing 737-200F

*Note: Although the L-1049G is farly fuel efficent, it will begin to reach its lifespan in the late 70s.
If you havent done so, purchase fuel tanks. They cost credits, but they can help lower fuel prices as they skyrocket during the crisis


         If you read the World Airline News at this time you should get a update talking about a Economic Crisis. You really want to continue replacing old planes with new ones and building fuel tanks if you can. If you still haven't replaced all your old planes with new ones, replace planes that are running very profitable routes.
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Notice were it says economic crisis. That tells you that the 1978-79 crisis is about to happen

During the Crisis           

        If you prepared properly, you should survive the economic crisis just fine. Keep monitoring your routes and close routes that aren't generating enough profit. Continue replacing planes with new ones and you might want to start new routes as many players are abandoning good routes you can seize. Some tips that can help you endure are:

  •         Invest in monopoly long haul flights between major cities. In an economic crisis they generate around $2,000K while in the rest of the game, they can generate around $8-10,000K.
  •         Unrequest any unused slots. You may have over 50-100 unused slots lying around. Unrequesting those can save you around $1-2,000K
  •         If you want to stop operating a route without closing it, simply choose the route, then tap the planes section, then unselect any planes. The route won't generate any profit, but the route is still there.
  •         If you are running routes with large planes like the Boeing 747s that are generating low profits, replace them with smaller planes with first class, then after the crisis put the Boeing 747s back into service

After the Crisis

        Congratulations! You survived the economic crisis (assuming you didn't quit). During the experience, you may have learned many tricks that you can use to survive the other economic crisis in the game. Be sure to share your own tricks and tip to survive an economic crisis. Since the other economic crisis have no defined date, you always want to be alert at all times so that you can be on top of the leaderboard.