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Conference Overview

Aircraft Maintenance Operations Special Session

June 3-5, 2019       Paris, France

  • A forum for airline senior managers, airline personnel, vendors, and members of academia to review the most pressing issues facing aircraft maintenance operations today, offer potential operations research and analytics solutions, and provide opportunity for high level networking
  • Technical presentations from leading experts in the airline industry
  • Airline updates on the latest happenings and plans in the near term for new business processes, systems replacements and/or upgrades
  • Vendors exhibitions in the field of airline operations control, airport planning systems, crew management, and maintenance planning


The registration fee includes conference technical materials (for delegates only), all scheduled meals and social events outlined in the meeting agenda. Early registration fee before May 1st 2019 is US$350 per airline/academic delegate, US$700 per industry delegate, and US$1050 per vendor delegate. 

If you wish to attend the Airline Operations conference for the remainder of the week, additional fee will apply and please use options for 5 day pass.    


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Late Registrations

Registrations received after May 1st 2019 will be considered late and will incur an additional US$115 late fee, with no exceptions. 

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation requests before May 1st 2019 will be subject to a US$115 service fee per person, after this date the cancellation fee will be US$175 per person to cover the incurred expenses.

Call for Presentations

You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the meeting. Come and share with us your ideas, thoughts, practical innovations, current trends, case studies, philosophies, and latest advances on the topics which are relevant to you. 


Abstract Submission

For abstract submission, please use the form above.

If you cannot access the form, please send the title and the abstract of your presentation to  maintenance@agifors.org

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 10th

Draft Presentation Due: May 17th

Final Presentation Due: May 27th


  • A 30-45 minute presentation
  • Willingness to comply with requests for additional information and clarification on abstract and/or presentation material
  • Willingness to tailor a presentation for the AGIFORS Aircraft Maintenance Operations audience and to accept direction from the selection committee in doing this
  • Must register and attend the meeting

A current list of abstracts for both the Aircraft Maintenance Operations special session and the Airline Operations conference can be found here:

Technical Abstract List


Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel

60, Jardin de Valmy 92918

Tel +33 1 41 97 50 50 

The accessible location makes it easy for you to explore Paris; Les Quatre Temps and Grande Arche de la Defense are just moments away, as is Champs Elysées by the Metro. We know you'll love your stay at the Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel.

A limited number of our discounted rooms are available at the Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel for the conference (from 3 June through 7 June).

Reservations must be made via our dedicated website by 1 May 2019 to receive the specially negotiated rate of €239 for single occupancy (inclusive wifi access, breakfast).  Hotel room rates are inclusive of VAT but subject to a city tax. 

All credit card information must be provided to confirm reservations using the customized link below.

General Information

Conference Agenda

   Technical Abstract List

3 June 2019


17:00 - 18:00

19:00 - 21:00


Welcome Reception and Cocktails

 Sponsored by Cirium

4 June 2019

07:30 - 08:00 Registration

08:00 - 08:30


Introductions / Conference Overview

08:30 - 09:00

Why is your flight late? Mining airline data to assess root-causes & impact of delay propagation

Goran Stojkovic - Boeing Global Services

09:00 - 09:30 Kick starting your analytics program, key tools and data required for maintenance optimization

Helmuth Naumer - IBM

09:30 - 10:15

Digital Operations Transformation

Fernando Bosch - BCG

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00
Schedule planning with hub infrastructure constraints

Alexandre Pizzut - Air France KLM

11:00 - 12:00

Keynote Address: Ekbel Bouzgarrou - Vice President Information Technology Distributed Services - Air France / KLM

 12:00 - 13:00
Business Lunch

Sponsored by GE Aviation 

 13:00 - 13:30

Machine Learning Application for Automatic Analysis of Aircraft Operations Interruption Reports

Wlamir Olivares Loesch Vianna, Juliano Elias Cardoso Cruz - EMBRAER

13:30 - 14:00

Vendor Presentations


    Lufthansa Systems


14:00 - 14:15

 Coffee Break

 14:15 - 15:00

 Vendor Presentations






16:00 - 22.00

 Dinner Cruise on the Seine
 Sponsored by Boeing/Jeppesen and Sabre

5 June 2019

08:30 - 08:35

Special Session Introduction

Mei Zhang / Rod Tjoelker

08:35 - 08:50


Airline Updates

08:50 - 09:40

A Case Study in Augmenting Engineering Knowledge with Analytics

Greg Jackson - Boeing

09:40 - 10:30

Machine Learning for Airplane Health Management

Wannes Meert – KU Leuven

10:30 - 11:00

 Coffee Break

11.00 - 11:50  

Line Maintenance Check Optimization

Larry Richardson/Patrice Yapo- American Airlines

11:50 - 13:00
 Business Lunch
Sponsored event 

13:00 - 13:15

Airline Updates 

13:15 - 14:05

Bringing data scientists and engineering experts together to create value from aircraft data

Solene Richard – Air France

14:05 - 14:55

Combinatorial Optimization with Permissioned Blockchain: Creating decision applications to stramline data management in blockchain solutions

Craig Fisher – Georgia Tech

14:55 - 15:15


Coffee Break

15:15 - 16:05

MBSA / MBSE for AOG prediction and Maintenance Optimization

Varfis Gesine - APSYS-Airbus

16:05 - 16:55 Discussion Panel:  Issues and Opportunities for Analytics to Improve Maintenance Operations

Rod Tjoelker - Boeing

16:55 - 17:10
 Special Session Closing Remarks

Program is tentative and may change without notice

Social Program

Welcome Reception and Cocktails

Monday, 3 June 2019, 20:00 to 22:00 pm

Sponsored events 

Join us at the Renaissance Paris La Defense hotel where you can gather to relax, network with other conference delegates. Enjoy views of the surrounding area while savoring a sumptuous selection of international treats and drinks. It will be an ideal time to re-kindle old friendships, and meet and great arriving conference delegates before the official start of the technical program, and vendor exhibition.


Dinner and Other Activities in Paris

Tuesday, 4 June 

Sponsored events

Experience the wonderful ambiance of the cultural capital of the world, in lovely late-spring evenings.  Relax and unwind with fellow delegates in preparation for the technical program.

We plan to have a cruise of the fabulous River Seine on Tuesday.  More details as they become available.

All Social events are held together with delegates from Airline Operations and Scheduling and Strategic Planning study groups

Vendor Program

Vendor Exhibition 

In addition to being a major forum for sharing new concepts and ideas in airline operations, the conference provides an opportunity for vendors to meet directly with airline delegates, provide in depth demonstrations, and discuss future opportunities, and partnerships. We have scheduled dedicated time slots for vendor presentations, and exhibitions.  

Each vendor delegate is required to register for the conference at a nominal registration fee. As a vendor delegate, you are entitled to a 10 – 15 minute slot in the vendor program to do a company overview and/or dedicated presentation. In addition, you will have access to a table top display in the vendor exhibition area.

Conference Sponsors

If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities, we are offering a variety of sponsorship packages for your consideration.  With each package, your company will be recognized an official sponsor for the conference, and recognized at the start of each day’s proceedings.  In addition, you will receive additional benefits based on your level of sponsorship.

Bronze – Placement of company signage at the conference registration desk, and backdrop of podium (US$1,150)

Silver – Acknowledgement at a select social event, preferential selection of booth location, plus benefits of the bronze level (US$2,300)

Gold – Complimentary upgrade to an executive level club suite, plus benefits of the silver level (US$4.600)

If you would like to sign up for one of the limited sponsorship opportunities, please complete the online submission form at your earliest convenience.  Please add in the comments section "Sponsorship for Aircraft Maintenance Operations 2019". 

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