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The Aircraft Constructor (also referred to as the HiTech Aircraft Designer Shop or Aircraft Design Shop) is a place where airlines can design their own planes and purchase them. It is only available in Airline Tycoon Evolution and Airline Tycoon Deluxe. The aircraft design shop run by Mr. Balderdash and is located on the upper level of the airport terminal, just above the conveyor belt to the left of the gate area. Its shortcut key is: X, and is always open.

To design a new plane, click on the computer next to Mr. Balderdash. You will, then, be shown a drawing board and various options for aircraft parts including:

  • A Fuselage
  • Wings
  • A Tail Unit (i.e. empennage)
  • A Nose
  • Engines

The goal is to find a balance between the following characteristics:

  • Weight - which dictates the number and thrust of engines required
  • Passengers - the maximum number of passengers the aircraft can fly per flight
  • Noise/Insulation - which, presumably, affects customer satisfaction
  • Fuel Consumption - a higher fuel consumption leads to higher flight costs
  • Reliability - determines the maintenance and repair costs of the aircraft
  • Velocity - how fast it will fly
  • Costs - the price tag of the aircraft when you go to buy it

What good would designing an airplane do if you cannot fly them? To buy a plane, speak to Mr. Balderdash. He will present you with a list of designed planes and their characteristics. Select a plane to buy it.

Parts Edit

Some stats are approximate. All part names are not official, it's just for reference.

Fuselages Edit

Part Seats (Cargo) Traits Pilots Attendants Cost Weight
Short 95 (9t) 3 4 $10,000,000 30,000t
Medium (glass) 190 (19t) 3 6 $15,000,000 45,000
Long 280 (28t) Fuel consumption

+500 l/h

3 8 $20,000,000 60,000
Long-wide 355 (35t) 3 10 $25,000,000 70,000
Double-deck 600 (60t) Reliability– 3 12 $40,000,000 90,000t

Noses Edit

Part Velocity

loss above*

Noise Reliability Fuel

Consumption

Pilots Cost Weight
Dome 300 km/h – – $200,000 500t
Snub 400 km/h $100,000 2,000t
Regular 550 km/h $1,100,000 2,500t
Conic 800 km/h –150 l/h +1 $1,200,000 4,000t
Cyclops with canards nil. – – –250 l/h +4 $4,000,000 5,000t

* Increasing velocity loss at higher speeds, using a nose within it's velocity bracket provides a tiny velocity boost.

Tails Edit

Part Noise Reliability Velocity

loss

Fuel

Consumption

Small jet

mounts

Cost Weight
Regular +300 l/h Yes $800,000 4,500t
Regular with mohawk ++ ++ –22 km/h Yes $2,000,000 4,000t
T-tail – – Above

800 km/h*

Yes $5,000,000 3,500t
T-tail with fins + $1,500,000 6,500t
Short Sharkfin Above

500 km/h*

–200 l/h $4,500,000 3,000t
Long Sharkfin $1,200,000 2,500t
Tri-sharkfin** – – –400 l/h $6,000,000 8,000t

* Increasing velocity loss at higher speeds 

** Velocity requirement of 560 km/h

Wings Edit

Part Fuel capacity Noise Reliability Velocity

loss

Fuel

Consumption

Fuselage

Compatibility

Cost Weight
Short rectangle 21,000l Short

Medium

Long

Long-wide

$1,000,000 3,000t
Long rectangle 35,000l All $2,400,000 5,000t
Swept 64,400l – – – – Medium

Long

Long-wide

Double-deck

$6,000,000 9,200t
Delta with winglet 72,800l – – – – -400 l/h Medium

Long

Double-deck

$12,000,000 10,400t
Delta 53,200l Long

Double-deck

$3,400,00 5,000t
Large delta 122,500l +1,000 l/h Double-deck $4,000,000 17,500t

Engines Edit

Part Relative

thrust

Relative

noise

Reliability Fuel

consumption

Cost Weight
Small propeller 1 Loud 400 l/h $200,000 600t
Large propeller 1.12 Loud 900 l/h $500,000 1,000t
Small jet (tip) 1.06 Silent 2500 l/h, +1 pilot* $4.800,000 1,600t
Small jet (wing) 1.28 Quiet 2200 l/h $4.600,000 2,000t
Large jet 1.43 Quiet 3000 l/h $8.600,000 2,800t
Dual exhaust turbojet 2 Loud – – – 6800 l/h $6,000,000 6,200t
Single turbojet 1.86 Noisy 5800 l/h $9,000,000 3,600t
Double turbojet 2.42 Loud – – 5300 l/h, +1 pilot $14,000,000 4,600t

* If placed at the tail

See AlsoEdit

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