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2022 Online Meeting - Scheduling and Strategic Planning (SSP)

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions still in place in many parts of the world, all AGIFORS study group meetings will be ONLINE in 2022. 2022 SSP Study Group meeting will be held on May 23, May 24, and May 25




As this conference is again an online event, the registration fees could be kept very low.

  • Agifors members working for an airline: USD 20

  • Agifors members not working for an airline: USD 50

  • Non-Agifors members: USD 75

Register here for the SSP 2022 Meeting.

Not an AGIFORS member yet? Membership is free; just visit https://agifors.org/join-us


Here are the technical presentation abstracts.

All times in UTC

Day 1 Monday, May 23
 UTC Duration Title Speakers
13:00    Attendees start logging in  
13:30 0:10 Study Group Chairs' welcome remarks

Cumhur Gelogullari, Judith Semar (Study Group Chairs)

13:40 0:05 President's welcome address

Laurie Garrow (AGIFORS President)

13:45 0:45

Keynote address

Future of Airline Scheduling and Planning: Challenges and Opportunities

Nawal Taneja

Airline Business Strategist and Author

14:30 0:30

A Dynamic Model For Airline Fleeting And Scheduling

Chiwei Yan

University of Washington

15:00 0:30 Sponsor presentation - Amadeus

Jeremy Million

15:30 0:15 Break  
15:45 0:15

Airline Update - American Airlines

Jataveda Dasgupta

16:00 0:25 Probabilistic Flight Delay Predictions Using Machine Learning and Applications to the Flight-to-Gate Assignment Problem

Mike Zoutendijk

Delft University of Technology

16:25 0:35 Robust Scheduling: Art or Science?

Pranav Gupta (Amadeus)

Silvana Param (LATAM Airlines)

17:00 0:45 Flight Block Time Design for Airline Schedule Planning

Ahmed Abdelghany

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

17:45 Day1 Closing Cumhur Gelogullari, Judith Semar (Study Group Chairs)
Day 2   Tuesday, May 24
 UTC Duration Title Speakers
13:00   Attendees start logging in  
13:30 0:10 Day2 welcome

Cumhur Gelogullari, Judith Semar (Study Group Chairs)

13:40 0:40 Holistic Network and Schedule Optimization at Lufthansa Group Fabio Ghielmetti, Timo Koch, Dominique Schmitt-Bohlender Lufthansa Group
14:20 0:40

Clean Sheet Scheduling: Truth or Myth?

Pranav Gupta (Amadeus)

David Hagerhjelm, John Gatu (Southwest Airlines)

15:00  0:30 Sponsor Presentation - Boom Supersonic Trent Geekie, Mike Caputo, Ben Murphy
15:30 0:15 Break  
15:45 1:00

Panel Discussion
Turning Crisis to Opportunity

What has changed in airline network planning and scheduling,

what is here to stay, what remains to evolve?

Aaron McGarvey (Finnair)

Sebastian Ponce (Transat)

Philippe Puech  (American Airlines)

Brian Streeval (Boeing)

16:45 0:40 Forecasting the Supersonic Future

Eric Dowty, James Crasta, Matt McElfresh

Boom Supersonic

17:25 Day2 Closing Cumhur Gelogullari, Judith Semar (Study Group Chairs)
Day 3 Wednesday, May 25
 UTC Duration Title Speakers
13:00    Attendees start logging in  
13:30 0:05 Day3 welcome Cumhur Gelogullari, Judith Semar (Study Group Chairs)
13:35 0:30 Humanitarian Fleet Planning and Weekly Scheduling Optimisation

Thomas Billet (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines)

Willem-Jozef Van Goethem (Aviation Decision Sciences)

14:05 0:40 Electric flight scheduling with battery-charging and battery-swapping opportunities

Mihaela Mitici


14:45 0:15 Airline Update - Southwest Airlines Matt Muehleisen, Lonny Hurwitz, David Hagerhjelm
15:00 0:30 Sponsor Presentation - Lufthansa Systems

Dirk Bracklow 

15:30 0:15 Break
15:45 0:30

Reducing Crews Demand and Crew Related Costs through Flight

Schedule Adjustments

Max Andreev


16:15 0:30 Maintaining Air Connectivity Considering Extreme Events: Sub-Saharan Africa Case Study

Soheil Sibdari

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

16:45 0:10 Conference Closing and Farewell Cumhur Gelogullari, Judith Semar (Study Group Chairs)

Keynote Address

We are thrilled to announce that Nawal Taneja will deliver a keynote address on "Future of Airline Scheduling and Planning: Challenges and Opportunities".

Nawal Taneja, whose experience in the aviation industry spans five decades, has worked for, and advised major airlines and related aviation businesses worldwide. Currently, he serves, as an Executive-in-Residence at the Fisher College of Business, at the Ohio State University. He has authored an airline management series of 13 books, written at the encouragement of, and for, practitioners in the global aviation industry. This series attempts to move the arc of thinking about aviation businesses to develop, capture, and deliver new value by pursuing creativity and collaboration to drive change. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, a master’s degree in Flight Transportation, a master’s degree in Business Administration, a doctorate in Air Transportation, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain.

Panel Discussion - Turning Crisis to Opportunity

We are delighted to introduce our distinguished panel, and looking forward to a live discussion on Challenges and Opportunities in Airline Network Planning and Scheduling: What has changed, what is here to stay, what remains to evolve. Our panel will also share their thoughts and insights on how SSP community can help develop best network planning and scheduling models, tools, and processes.

Click on pictures for bios.

Aaron McGarvey

Director of 

Business Development,

Network and Resource Management


Sebastian Ponce

Sr Director of

Network, Scheduling, and Alliances


Philippe Puech

Director of 

Domestic Network Planning

American Airlines

Brian Streeval

Regional Director of 

Network and Fleet Planning



We are looking forward to an enriching meeting with representatives from the following (so far) 31 airlines, 25 solution providers, vendors, industry, government, and other organizations, and 9 academic institutions. 

Air Canada Airbus Beihang University
Air France - KLM Airline Strategy Group Delft University of Technology
Air Transat Amadeus DLR, Institute of Air Transportation Systems
Alaska Airlines Aviation Decision Sciences Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Amazon Air Boeing Georgia Institute of Technology
American Airlines BoldIQ McGill University
Azul Brazilian Airlines Boom Supersonic Sastra University
Binter Canarias Croowy   University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 
Cathay Pacific Decisal University of Washington
Delta Air Lines FLYR Labs  
easyJet IBM  
Emirates ICF  
flydubai Industrial Optimizers  
GoFirst Airlines InterGlobe  
GOL Airlines Jeppesen  
Hawaiian Airlines Lift Airline Planning  
jetBlue Lufthansa Systems  
LATAM Airlines OptiFly  
Lufthansa Rostrerize  
Pegasus Airlines Sabre  
Portugalia Airlines Stena Line  
Qatar Airways T2RL  
Saudia Airlines VIA Software  
Southwest Airlines Zenz Technologies  
Sun Air Zulu Airline Systems  
Swiss Air    
TUI Airways    
Turkish Airlines    
United Airlines    

Sponsorship Info

The AGIFORS SSP Study Group welcomes sponsors supporting our event and our community. Sponsorship is especially welcome because it enables AGIFORS to keep registration fees as low as possible and this enables academics and airlines to continue attending the conferences and provide new insights and research to the broader airline community. A strong presence by airlines brings great value to both the vendors and the airlines. This would only be possible because of our sponsors - thank you!

Gold Sponsors (USD 1000)


Since this is an online event, the sponsorship options are limited. There will be no booths to display and there will just be a single sponsorship option for USD 1000. Our sponsors will get a 20-minute sponsor presentation within the main program and their logo will be posted on this website. If you would like to sign up as a sponsor or for any questions, please contact ssp@agifors.org or complete the online sponsorship form.


For questions or more information, please contact SSP study group chairs:

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