Innovative Boarding Method Could Save Big Bucks

Who says that innovation requires fancy new technology?  Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist, figured out a much faster way for passengers to board an airplane.  OK, so he did use a computer to model the problem, but the solution is elegantly simple.

Have a look at this demo in a 72-seat fuselage:

This article reports his modeling showed that even random boarding is faster than block boarding, something Southwest figured out a long time ago. Mr. Steffen estimates that his faster method of boarding could save a carrier more than $100 million a year, presumably from more efficient use of aircraft and less ground and crew time.

Hat tip to Frank Schnur for noting this on his LinkedIn page.

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2 Responses to Innovative Boarding Method Could Save Big Bucks

  1. ashepp0Andrew Shepp says:

    He might be a good physicist but I wonder about his math. $100 million? Perhaps.

  2. Hagen Hennrichs says:

    naturally there are still other factors that influence turn times, such as baggage, interline baggage, missing passengers, potentially needed offloads of bags etc…. that will determine the final efficiency of turning a flight to its departure… still great contribution and proof that simple answers are usually the most genius ones…..

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