Launching into the skies of Microsoft Flight Simulator is happening August 18th! An announcement posted to FlightSimulator.com this morning made the news official with three versions on pre-order featuring different levels of content along with an official list of including high detail airports and aircraft including some surprises in the list. Let’s have a look!
Let’s start with the launch trailer which shows off some new and never before seen aircraft (lower down in the article I cover the full list).
Three versions available to pre-order
On offer for Microsoft Flight Simulator are three versions coming in a Standard, Deluxe and Premium Deluxe Editions. Each version ups the ante with new content in the form of more aircraft and airports at launch:
- Standard Edition is $59.99 USD and includes 20 aircraft and 30 airports.
- Deluxe Edition is $89.99 USD and has everything in Standard plus 5 more aircraft and 5 more airports.
- Premium Deluxe Edition is $119.88 USD and comes with everything in Standard plus 10 more aircraft and 10 more airports.
Standard Edition will be available on day one with the XBox Game Pass for PC (currently in beta itself) and its unclear how Game Pass holders can gain access to the additional Deluxe and Premium Deluxe content – although I suspect it would be sold separately as DLC as well.
Interestingly, a retail disc version will be sold via Aerosoft in European stores. More information is coming to the Aerosoft website soon.
Airports and airplanes
Two lists have been released showcasing the airports and airplanes that will be included in the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Standard edition includes a lot of the aircraft that we’ve seen showcased in various trailers and promotional screenshots. A mix of aircraft including the Bonanza G36, the Cessna 152 and 172 (G1000), DR400-100, ICON A5, TBM930, XCub, and DA40 NG and DA62 round out the mix for more GA oriented aircraft. For the airliner fans, the A320neo, 787-8 Intercontinental, and business jet Citation CJ4 round out the mix there. It’s a good list that I have copied below.
Deluxe adds some variants of aircraft with different versions of the DA40, C152 and C172 as well as some unique additions such as the Baron G58 and DV20.
It’s Premium Deluxe where the surprises really begin with the 787-10 Dreamliner for tubeliner fans as well as the SR22, Cessna Citation Longitude, and some quirky additions such as the Shock Ultra, and SW 121.
For airports we have mostly international airport hubs along with a few smaller options. From Seattle-Tacoma International and John F. Kennedy to the unique Courchevel Altiport and the classic Innsbruck Airport there’s a fair bit of variety spread across multiple continents and nations.
Other airports have been included in MSFS, according to past developer videos, but these ones have been included with extra detail.
Full lists of aircraft and airports available here: