Implementation and application of a stochastic aircraft boarding model

Research paper by Michael Schultz

Indexed on: 28 Apr '18Published on: 15 Apr '18Published in: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies


Publication date: May 2018 Source:Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 90 Author(s): Michael Schultz The aircraft turnaround processes is mainly controlled by the ground handling, airport or airline staff, except the aircraft boarding, which is driven by the passengers’ experience and willingness or ability to follow the proposed boarding procedures. The paper uses a prior developed, calibrated, stochastic aircraft boarding model, which is applied to different boarding strategies (chronological order of passenger arrival, hand luggage handling), group constellations and innovative infrastructural changes (Flying Carpet, Side-Slip Seat, Foldable Passenger Seat). In this context, passenger boarding is assumed to be a stochastic, agent-based, forward-directed, one-dimensional and discrete process. The stochastic model covers individual passenger behavior as well as operational constraints and deviations. A comprehensive assessment using one model allows for efficient comparison of current research approaches and innovative operational solutions for efficient passenger boarding.