This game is, unfortunatly, far inferior to the much cheaper original, which was a simulation classic.
Let's start with what this game does right. It presents a complex economic simulation, customizable planes, interesting charecters and interesting mechanics.
So why did I rate this game negativly?
The original game did all that, only better. The simulation and mechanics were almost exactly the same, the original game's charecters and sense of humor are far superior, (Airline Tycoon 2's comedy falls completly flat) and in my opinion the ability to buy real-world planes in the original was better.
The game suffers from graphics that lag greatly in the terminal, and look overly cartoony, and the music is terrble.
Normally, I do not mind DLC, and I think it is worthwhile to support the developers if it is farily priced. However, this game's DLC feels like they took some of the most interesting parts of the orginal (Cargo and last minute contracts) and made you pay more for it.
The BIGGEST PROBLEM with this game is the pacing. In the original Airline Tycoon you can easily make over 500,000 dollers from the begining of the game, and in a little over a week by your next plane, which makes it easier to buy the next plane. The pacing is helped by the fact you can skip the morning meeting, and there are no loading screens. On the other hand Airline Tycoon 2 is hampered by the fact that planes 3 or 4 times as expensive, and they make substantialy less money per day than in Airline tycoon deluxe. Compounded with the HORRIBLE LOADING TIMES, it can take HOURS to purchase another plane. This game moves at a glacial pace.
CONCLUSION; If you want an tycoon game in which you manage an airline, DO NOT CHOSE AIRLINE TYCOON 2. You should go with the much cheaper, original Airline Tycoon deluxe!
By the way, I know some people are concerned about giving their email adress to the launcher. I gave my email adress to them 3 or 4 years ago for tropico 4 and they maybe have sent my 2 or three emails since.