The fuselage of a BOEING 737-500 will be the site of intense PASSME research in to passenger boarding patterns, and trials on how to make the passenger boarding process more efficient. Professor Peter Vink of PASSME partner TUD said “We are going to conduct boarding tests: from adjusting seat numbers to varying the order in which people get on the plane.”
One of PASSME’s aims is to reduce unwanted airport time by 60 minutes, and research on passenger boarding will provide valuable insights in to the reasons for long passenger boarding times, and how to make the process smoother and faster.
PASSME partner and post-doc student Suzanne Hiemstra explained: “A workplace will be created inside the plane for the researchers. This will allow us to monitor in real time whether the tests are actually saving time. Students conducting research will also be used as study subjects.”
The fuselage contains 122 passenger seats, and was delivered to TUD Industrial Design faculty.
For more information on the story behind the placement of the BOEING 737-500 on the TU Delft campus and the University's Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering who are leading the research, click here.