HMS 2014 Proceeding

Simulating boarding strategies for minimising passenger aircraft turn-times

Authors:   Luis Cadarso, Nuria Perelló, Angel A. Juan, Javier Faulin


The airline industry implements many simulation models to optimise its operations, knowing that small changes in the policies of its companies involve significant improvements in the long run. Here, we have developed some simulation models to make a comparison between different boarding strategies for passengers in an A380 aircraft. After suggesting six different strategies (back-to-front, outside-inside, optimization, by blocks, random, and alternative rows) and having performed the apposite simulation models and their corresponding ANOVA analysis, the alternative rows strategy has revealed as superior in relation to the other strategies. Some final considerations have also been discussed about the limitations of each strategy and the goodness of the proposed as the better.

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