31 October 2011

Boarding times at airports have doubled since the 1970s

Most Annoying Airline Delays Might Just Be in the Boarding by Jad Mouawad (NYT)

Boarding times at airports have doubled since the 1970s, prompting airlines to try all kinds of elaborate tricks to get passengers in speedily and leave the gate on time. Here is the link for full article.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/business/airlines-are-trying-to-cut-boarding-times-on-planes.html

So what is the best way to do this? Start from the last row, in sectors/zones like many airline does or first window and then aisle seats? Rynair has the quickest turn-around time in the aviation industry as they board passengers from the rear door while off-loading the previous flight passengers from front door or v.v. as they don't have any pre-assigned seats.

At SunExpress we were using zone system and inviting the rear seats first, then mid and finally front. However, if you are in an airport with poor facilities, squeezed waiting lounge or had a delay, asking passengers to follow those instructions is very hard.

Here is a multimedia from NYT to give you an idea about ;
Comparing Airplane Boarding Methods


For legacy airlines, I think the block boarding is the best solution. I don't know which ones you have already experienced but at least now you know the reason of almost full overhead bins in your flight ;)

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