Airline Tycoon

Airline Tycoon ( briefly called AT ) is a computer game series of the genre economic simulation, was developed by the Part 1 of Spellbound and released in August 1998. The continuation of the airline manager - Airline Tycoon 2 - was published in October 2011 by Kalypso Media.


In Airline Tycoon you manage an airline. It has three competitors, all of which have a particular style of play. At the beginning of the game you can choose one of four players, the other takes over the computer. Each Tycoon has a certain character and thus of course advantages and disadvantages (eg, product is often sabotaged or has come down his planes, etc.). One can unite or alienate with the other competitors.

In free game you have to lead an airline according to his wishes. It must be before the start nor the base airport, where you then staying choose. You can now carry freight or passenger flights between cities around the world with his aircraft. From the available range aircraft are some very modern (eg B 777-300, B 747-400 ), but others not (eg Tupolev ). There are quite many aircraft since the beginning of the jet - age available, but completely lack the modern Airbus wide- body aircraft. At the beginning you have a starting capital and two medium-range aircraft, others can be purchased new or used. In the parts of evolution and Deluxe can also design their own airplanes and there is a security office where you can protect yourself from sabotage.

The missions range from simple passenger transport to the construction of a rocket launch pad.


  • Airline Tycoon (Original ), 1998
  • Airline Tycoon First Class, 2001
  • Airline Tycoon Evolution, 2002
  • Airline Tycoon Deluxe, 2003, 2011 (Mac App Store)
  • Airline Tycoon 2 13 October, 2011

Airline Tycoon has also been translated in English, French and Polish and allowed from First Class multiplayer games for two to four players over a local network or the Internet. From Evolution game records can be published on a ranking on the game's official website and to view and self-compiled aircraft to be replaced.

On 24 May 2006 Airline Tycoon 2 has been officially announced and will therefore arrive in stores in nine years after the release of part one of the part of the developers. However, this was still very doubtful, since the developers of Airline Tycoon 2 feverishly searched for a publisher. Unlike Airline Tycoon, the second part will be in 3D, but the cartoon graphics to be maintained. AT2 was placed after some development time on ice and long was not known whether the game will be released at all. Fans of the series have tried through an online petition but still allow a second part. Later, the website of the creator of the petition of Calypso were named the official fan site.

On 22 October 2009 Spellbound announced that the publisher Kalypso Media has acquired the worldwide name and marketing rights for Airline Tycoon 2. However, the game should not be developed by Spellbound, but from the company's own development studio Realmforge from Munich. It should not be made to the existing code base, but instead find a completely new development. A publication was planned for the first quarter of 2011.

On September 29, 2010 Kalypso Media announced then that Airline Tycoon 2 is, not developed by Realmforge, but by B- Alive, the show is responsible for the Wildlife Park series. The game was released on 13 October 2011.


AT Evolution was sold as a full price game, although it is only a content add-on. However, this has to go into debt, according to Armin Gessert the Publisher.