Structured deplaning via simulation and optimization

Andrew Wald, Mark Harmon, Diego Klabjan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Deplaning naturally occurs row by row down the length of an aircraft. Using simulation and optimization, we design deplaning strategies (e.g., deplane by group and/or column) that significantly reduce the overall unstructured deplaning time. The evaluations derived from a combination of optimization and simulation were tested across several equipment types using data gathered through field observations for calibration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Air Transport Management
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014


  • Airline
  • Deboarding
  • Genetic algorithm
  • Optimization
  • Stochastic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Law
  • Transportation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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