# Agent-based Modelling of Aircraft Boarding Methods

### Serter Iyigunlu, Clinton Fookes, Prasad Yarlagadda

#### Abstract

We implemented six different boarding strategies (Wilma, Steffen, Reverse Pyramid, Random, Blocks and By letter) in order to investigate boarding times for Boeing 777 and Airbus 380 aircraft. We also introduce three new boarding methods to find the optimum boarding strategy. Our models explicitly simulate the behaviour of groups of people travelling together and we explicitly simulate the timing to store their luggage as part of the boarding process. Results from the simulation demonstrates the Reverse Pyramid method is the best boarding method for Boeing 777, and the Steffen method is the best boarding method for Airbus 380. For the new suggested boarding methods, aisle first boarding method is the best boarding strategy for Boeing 777 and row arrangement method is the best boarding strategy for Airbus 380. Overall best boarding strategy is aisle first boarding method for Boeing 777 and Steffen method for Airbus 380.

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#### Paper Citation

#### in Harvard Style

Iyigunlu S., Fookes C. and Yarlagadda P. (2014). **Agent-based Modelling of Aircraft Boarding Methods** . In *Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH,* ISBN 978-989-758-038-3, pages 148-154. DOI: 10.5220/0005033601480154

#### in Bibtex Style

@conference{simultech14,

author={Serter Iyigunlu and Clinton Fookes and Prasad Yarlagadda},

title={Agent-based Modelling of Aircraft Boarding Methods},

booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH,},

year={2014},

pages={148-154},

publisher={SciTePress},

organization={INSTICC},

doi={10.5220/0005033601480154},

isbn={978-989-758-038-3},

}

#### in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH,

TI - Agent-based Modelling of Aircraft Boarding Methods

SN - 978-989-758-038-3

AU - Iyigunlu S.

AU - Fookes C.

AU - Yarlagadda P.

PY - 2014

SP - 148

EP - 154

DO - 10.5220/0005033601480154