The Flying Carpet

The Fastest Way To Fill A Plane

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“Our airplanes don’t earn money while they’re sitting on the ground.”
Larry DeShon, senior vice president of airport operations, United Airlines.

About The Flying Carpet


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 planes with three seats each side, mainly serving medium and shor...

Fewer Delays

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 (...

Cost Savings

A typical commercial airliner costs at least US$40 per minute while it is waiting to be filled with passengers, according to a rec...

Carpet Size

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...

Patent & Licensing

If you want to revolutionize aircraft boarding and become the airline that gets passengers aboard faster and planes aloft sooner, ...

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci

The Team

Expertise and diversity are crucial for an innovation to stand on its own and make a difference in a specific industry or market. Meet the team behind Flying Carpet and get to know the hard working people who brought this simple yet revolutionary innovation to change the way people board aircrafts.

Rob Wallace

Rob Wallace


Rob Wallace is a freelance professional engineer with decades of experience in design, development, manufacture and construction across a diverse range of projects – special purpose industrial plant and equipment, agricultural machines, road and foot bridges, product design and development. A lateral thinker, it's not surprising that he came up with a much faster, down-to-earth way of getting people into planes.

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Wally Chiang

Wally Chiang

Online Marketing Manager

Wally Chiang has over 16 years of experience in the web industry with demonstrated expertise in the area of IT project management. Wally has vast knowledge of the web and the vast opportunities it offers to business brands, making him a sought-after speaker and consultant in the industry. In his free time, he extends assistance to small-to-medium sized businesses in Australia to help them compete with bigger players in the online arena.

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Luke Shavak

Luke Shavak

Business Development Manager

Luke Shavak has over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing and independently works with a global organic enterprise, managing a team of people around the world. An ethical entrepreneur - Luke regularly speaks on how to use business to make a positive impact on the planet. Luke believes The Flying Carpet’s deceptive simplicity is the 'revolution' that domestic airlines have been badly waiting for to not only cut costs dramatically, but to create extremely high passenger satisfaction. Luke's vision is to get Rob’s invention into every domestic airport around the world.

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Davin Merritt

Davin Merritt

Patent Attorney

Our Patent Attorney, Davin Merritt is a partner at the Patent Attorney firm Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick and has over 21 years experience in the IP profession. He is also a qualified mechanical engineer and heads the firm's Engineering team, Designs department and Sustainability group. He works principally on engineering matters, and his work includes the drafting of patent specifications, opinion work, and the prosecution of engineering patent applications before IP Australia and other international patent offices.

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Q: Does the carpet need to be constantly changed to suit different planes using the same gate?
A: No, one size fits all. The carpet in the video caters for the largest single-aisle planes. Though smaller planes have fewer rows it doesn’t matter, it just means the highest row numbers on the carpet will be ignored for that particular flight.

Q: Wouldn’t it be better to use some sort of electronic screens on the floor so that the seating arrangements can be changed?
A: No need to change the pattern, all planes have the same numbering system: seats A,B,C,D,…. left to right; rows 1,2,3,4,5,6,… front to back. No need for lighting or electronics either, the large numbers are highly visible. The KISS principle applies (Keep It Simple, S….. )

Q: What happens with family members that need to board the plane at the same time?
A: No problem, they can stay together. Even for half a dozen there’s enough room for them and their bags on the carpet.

Q: Do people scan their boarding pass before or after stepping onto the carpet?
A: After, when the group moves past the consoles passengers present their passes (or mobile phones) to the automatic scanners or gate agents.

Q: Wouldn’t people push against each other trying to get to their standing spot on the carpet?
A: No, passengers divert left and right onto their places as the move forward along the carpet, leaving the aisle clear for others. With less than 20% of passengers at a time, there’s plenty of room on the carpet, less crowded than a cinema foyer. Likewise they are spread thinly in the plane aisle, averaging about one passenger per row.

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 achieves.

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 won’t make much difference overall. Thankfully, the great majority of people are more than happy to abide by with a system that is seen as sensible, efficient and fair.

Q: Never mind the boarding method, isn’t it the passengers with oversize bags that causes the delays?
A: Yes, but a major benefit of the Flying Carpet is that slowcoaches can’t cause bottlenecks. Being in row order all the other passengers along the aisle can take their seats immediately.

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”

Articles & Reports

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.”
Pete Seeger

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”


The Flying Carpet provides a great opportunity to for an airline to have a unique advantage, a positive selling point, and a great way to differentiate itself from other airlines. Jump on board now and be at the forefront of this no-nonsense, practical and innovative way of boarding an aircraft! Express your interest to this innovation that will save your airline millions!

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