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Washington is a large city located in the eastern portion of USA. Being the capital of the country, it boast very high tourism ratings that often exceed 300 or more, but have lower business ratings that range from between 150 to 250.

Airport

The default airport here is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Trivia

The airport is named after Thurgood Marshall, a Baltimore native who was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was an Associate Justice from October 1967 until October 1991.

Strategy

Washington's high ratings makes this city rather popular for many players, but not too popular to start a hub in. Because of this, starting here as a beginner is a good choice. Competition in this city has to be expected but it is manageable as the city can sustain moderate to heavy competition, especially on passenger routes. The city's good position in the United States also allows connections to be made to many western United States (e.g. Los Angeles and San Francisco), European (e.g. Paris and Madrid) and South American (e.g. Sao Paulo and Lima) cities within a reasonable distance. Cargo operations here can also be run smoothly, but a player should make a decent attempt to avoid competition whenever possible as the city can only sustain mild amounts of cargo competition.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will usually attain maximum slot usage somewhere in the 1970s or 1980s. This makes the airport a great choice for players to purchase especially during the economic crisis, which will take place between somewhere 1970 and 1980. Due to the primary airport not enough to meet the demand for slots in the city, a second airport is often necessary. However, this city isn't too wildly popular with many players and the second airport rarely attains a status of level 7 or 8 and would normally more likely obtain a status of level 4 or 5 by the end of the game. Hence, the decision to build additional airports here should be considered when all other ideal options have been exhausted.

Flights to large sized cities should use planes with a large capacity and high satisfaction. Suitable examples include the Airbus A380, Boeing 747, Boeing 777 and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. Routes to smaller sized cities should use medium capacity planes like the Boeing 767, Airbus A300 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. Small capacity planes should be avoided in order to minimise the number of aircraft used on any routes into and out of the city. The purpose is to ensure depreciation is minimal. Cargo planes used can be of any type as long as the capacity is reasonable (not over 100 tons) and have high satisfaction at the time of purchase.

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