The Flying Carpet is a simple airplane boarding system designed to save airlines money and enhance passenger experience. It enables passengers to arrange themselves in row order easily with a minimum of fuss before proceeding to the airplane, so each of them can go directly to their seats unimpeded.
The Flying Carpet beats all these hands down – 13 minutes for 171 passengers first time, down to 10 minutes for 151 passengers on the third trial. We think this might be a world record.
Passengers like it
Passengers were enthusiastic (one lady obviously thought it was fun and did a little hopscotch dance). Most passengers were very cooperative and were careful to take their correct paces, some backtracking after realising they had gone too far.
Here’s how it works. As well as demonstrating how the Flying Carpet gets people aboard planes more quickly, it reveals the huge cost savings that can be achieved; an average size airline using the Flying Carpet system stands to save millions of dollars per year.
Rear-to-Front aircraft boarding strategies are used by many airlines, mainly because it seems logical to fill the back of the airplane first. But the passengers clog the aisle and get in each other’s way, slowing down the whole process.
Repeated simulations show this and why the Flying Carpet airplane boarding system is much faster. More consistent too, airlines can be more confident of On-Time-Performance (OTP).
Reduce operating costs by $720,000 per year
for each and every airplane in your fleet.
Never has there been a better time to grasp the opportunity to secure the rights to use the Flying Carpet system and enjoy the ben...
Around 80% of commercial aircraft are narrow bodied single-aisle airplanes with three seats each side, mainly serving medium and s...
Repeated simulations (100 times) show the Flying Carpet is far more consistent than existing traditional boarding methods, not to ...
Other Boarding Systems
Researchers and experts the world over have studied the boarding problem and proposed alternative systems such as: Random, WILMA (...
A typical commercial airliner costs at least US$40 per minute while it is waiting to be filled with passengers, according to a rec...
A generic Flying Carpet with 36 rows, 3 seats each side of a central aisle measures 2.4 metres wide x 8.0 metres long (8 feet x 2...
How it Works
The Flying Carpet is a mat or carpet marked with a scaled-down replica of an aircraft seating plan. It is placed in the departure...
Achieve better fleet utilization
- more flights, fewer airplanes, tighter scheduling.
Q: Does the carpet need to be changed to suit different planes?
A:No, all aircraft use the same row and seat numbering system, so one size Flying Carpet fits all. Hence it can be a permanent fixture. Of course smaller planes have fewer rows but that doesn’t matter, it just means that not all the row numbers are used for their flights..
Q: Are boarding passes scanned before or after stepping onto the carpet?
A: Before, passengers only need to walk a few steps after scanning to their place on the Flying Carpet, briefly pause, then move on as a group to the plane when directed by the attendant. It only takes about 30 seconds for 20 passengers to take their places.
Q: The numbered spaces are small, is there enough room for people travelling together ?
A: Yes, they only need to be within the coloured square containing their number, so they can spread out a bit. Each coloured square has 12 spaces so there’s enough room for 4 or more passengers. But on average, there will only be a couple of passengers in each of the 12 seat colour squares.
Q: How many passengers are in each group?
A: Although the carpet can comfortably accommodate up to about 30 or 40 passengers and their carry-on bags, smaller groups of about 20 work well. Passengers have plenty of room on the carpet and inside the plane along the aisle, less than one passenger per row.
Q: Won’t it take longer for many groups?
A: No, each group takes only about 45 seconds to assemble and move on, less than 8 minutes for 10 groups, maybe 200 passengers.
Q: Would an airline have to abandon its current system altogether, eg. Rear-to-Front?
A: Not necessarily, whatever system is used, it will always work better if passengers enter the plane in row order – which is of course what the Flying Carpet does.
Q: Can airlines still offer priority boarding to certain passengers?
A: Yes, whether it’s passengers with privileges, military personnel, mothers with babies, invalids, or for any other reason, they can be in the first group. What’s more, it will be easier for all of them if they also assemble on their assigned seat numbers on the Flying Carpet.
Q: What happens if passengers don’t comply?
A: There will always be mavericks who want to buck the system, but one or two per group don’t cause any noticeable delays. Thankfully, the great majority of people are more than happy to abide by with a system that is seen as sensible, efficient and fair, not to mention faster and less hassle.
Q: Never mind the boarding method, isn’t it the passengers with oversize bags that cause the delays?
A: Yes, the bottlenecks they cause disrupts most boarding methods. But that doesn’t happen with the Flying Carpet; being in row order inside the plane nobody has to wait for slowcoaches struggling to stow their bags.
Q: Wouldn’t it be better to use some sort of projection or electronic screens on the floor?
A: No, the large numbers on the Flying Carpet are highly visible and the pattern is logical and easy to follow. Keep It Simple …..
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
Below are some news articles and reports about the Flying Carpet aircraft boarding system in various media and sources.
“Any darn fool can make something complex. It takes a genius to make something simple.”
Is a Flying Carpet the Solution to slow airplane boarding? – 17 February 2015
Airlines and airports look to take the pain out of boarding airplanes – 18 December 2013
The search for speedy boarding – 22 November 2013
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