Analysis of airplane boarding times Academic Article uri icon


  • We model and analyze the process of passengers boarding an airplane. We show how the model yields closed-form estimates for the expected boarding time in many cases of interest. Comparison of our computations with previous work, based on discrete event simulations, shows a high degree of agreement. Analysis of the model reveals a clear link between the eciency of various airline boarding policies and a congestion parameter which is related to interior airplane design parameters, such as distance between rows. In particular, as congestion increases, random boarding becomes more attractive among row based policies.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009