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58th Annual Symposium

The 58th Annual Symposium hosted by All Nippon Airways will be October 8-12, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

As always, this year's Symposium will offer the latest innovation in airline operations research and analytics. Various topics to be discussed include airline operations, airline strategy, cargo logistics, crew scheduling, e-commerce, information technology, OR management, revenue management, robust planning, and scheduling planning. Representatives from airlines, air transport associations, universities, industrial research labs, and consultants will discuss new ideas and present technical papers. The conference includes a vendor program for you to review the latest products. Come and share with us your ideas, thoughts, current trends, philosophies, and latest technological advances on any of the above or related topics.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Laurie Garrow

Email: laurie.garrow@agifors.org

Agenda and technical program

A detailed agenda and the technical program can be found here.


High level Agenda (tentative)


 Monday October 8

 18:00 - 19:00 Council Meeting, Kasuga Room
 19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Reception, Kasuga Room

 Tuesday October 9

 08:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks and Introductions
 08:50 - 12:15 Technical Session
 13:30-18:05 Technical Session incl. Anna Valicek Paper Competition

 Wednesday October 10

 08:30 - 12:30 Technical Session
 from 13:30 Social Activity

 Thursday October 11

 08:30 - 12:10 Technical Session
 13:15 - 17:35 Technical Sessions
 from 20:00 Gala Banquet

 Friday October 12

 08:30 - 12:15 Technical Session

 Lunch and AGIFORS Business Meeting
 14:00 Conference Close

Above times may change without advance notice. 

Location for technical sessions is room Yamato. 

General Information

Conference Attire

Business casual attire is appropriate for all business sessions and the Welcome Reception. Please bring a light sweater or jacket as meeting rooms can be cool. Casual dress is appropriate for the afternoon/evening social event; please wear comfortable shoes.

More formal attire (suite and tie) is expected for the Gala Banquet on Thursday evening. 


Japan uses the Japanese Yen. 

Mobile/Cell Phone Information

Please review your service providers international coverage policy for information about calls/data plans. Review data roaming information carefully as roaming charges may be high. 

The Country Code for Japan is +81.

Visa information

If you need an invitation letter to get a visa, please contact president@agifors.org

Information for speakers

Submission of technical presentations is closed. If you have any questions please contact Semi Gabteni  at technical_chair@agifors.org.


Technical Presentation requirements

  • 25 minutes presentation, Q&A excluded
  • Willingness to comply with requests for additional information and clarification on abstract and/or presentation material
  • Willingness to tailor a presentation for the AGIFORS Symposium audience (of which a large percentage are airline crew/operations/ revenue management/network & schedule managers and operations research practitioners) and to accept directions from the selection committee in doing this
  • Must register and attend the symposium
  • No live demos (screenshots are fine insofar as they illustrate or help visualize concepts or demonstrate results)
  • No reference to any commercial product
  • Supported presentation formats are ppt(x) and pdf

If you have any scheduling or other constraints, please refer them as soon as possible. We will attempt to comply with them as best possible. Preference will be given based on the order of abstract submission.

Survey link

Please vote for the three categories of best innovation, best technical and best presentation, and give your feedback about the Symposium itself:


Information on social events

Presentation including directions and maps

List of restaurants (Tuesday evening)


Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers, Grilled Meats) 

Kaiseki (Small plates, traditional Japanese cuisine) 


Theme Restaurants

Museum (Wednesday afternoon)

Miraikan - National Museum of Emerging Science and Technology2-36 Aomi, Koto-ku

Tokyo, Japan

Subway Station: Telecom Center Station (5 minutes walk)

Dinner cruise (Wednesday evening)

Samurai Cruise (Gozabune Atakemaru)

Boarding at Hinode Pier

Subway Station: Yurikamone Hinode Station (3 minutes walk)

Directions: From Hinode Station, walk about 40 meters, you will see a Lawson convenience store, Symphony Cruises building and HINODE PIER is our reception area for guests.

Website: https://www.samuraiship.tokyo/access/


The conference will be held at

Hilton Tokyo

6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku

Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo

160-0023 Japan

Telephone: +81-3-3344-5111

The Hilton Tokyo is now sold out for the AGIFORS Symposium rate. Several nearby hotels within a 5-10 minute walk to the Hilton Tokyo may have rooms available with similar rates:

Keio Plaza Hotel

2-2-21 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330

Hyatt Regency Hotel


2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan

Kadoya Hotel

1-23-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan

Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku

7-10-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan

APA Hotel & Resort Nishi-Shinjuku Gochome-eki Tower


3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071

Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku


7-23-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan





Gold Silver Chrome





Become a Sponsor

The Agifors Symposium will draw participants from all airline functions. Delegates will have the chance to catch up on recent developments in airline operations research and connect with colleagues in academia and industry. The conference includes a vendor program to review the latest products in our industry. In addition to being a podium for state of the art research and forum for sharing ideas and experiences, the conference serves as a market-place where airlines can review products that meet specific needs. Various vendors will be showcasing their products. The post-symposium surveys indicate that attendees find the vendor presentations extremely useful and vendor presence is highly rated.

In this respect, vendors are invited to become sponsors to reduce the registration fees for airlines and academics attracting more airline and academic representatives to the symposium. We are offering a variety of sponsorship packages for your consideration. With each package, your company will be recognized as an official sponsor for the conference. We will recognize you on the symposium website, your company and your products will be brought under attention of the delegates and your contribution to the greater good will be acknowledged prior to the event that is tagged under your companies’ name. In addition, you can receive extra benefits based on your level of sponsorship.

If you want to be a sponsor or need more information, please contact Zeliha Akca, Agifors sponsorship coordinator at sponsorship@agifors.org

Sponsor application 

Sponsor benefits

  • Your valued contribution in making the event possible.
  • Help to attract more airline (and academic) representatives
  • Recognition by name for a “sponsored” event (depends on sponsorship level)
  • Entitled to have a sponsor talk (depends on sponsorship level)
  • Sponsor booth (depends on sponsorship level)
  • Good exposure to prospective clients.
  • Logo and website link on the symposium website.
  • Put a (standing) banner in or near the conference room (depends on sponsorship level)

Sponsorship levels

  • Platinum (USD 5000): booth, 20 minutes sponsor talk, premium choice of sponsored events
  • Gold (USD 3000): booth, 20 minutes sponsor talk, secondary choice of sponsored events
  • Silver, (USD 2000): booth, 15 minutes sponsor talk, third choice of sponsored events
  • Chrome (USD 1500): booth (subject to space availability), 15 minutes sponsor talk, choice of sponsored events subject to availability
  • Bronze (USD 750)

You can be upgraded to a “Plus” sponsor by giving at least 10% more of the specific sponsorship level, i.e. Platinum Plus, Gold Plus, Silver Plus, Chrome Plus and Bronze Plus.


Sponsorship levels do not include free or reduced conference passes. Registration fees are paid separately.

A booth is a table or small area, in vicinity of the conference area, where a sponsor can demonstrate products.

The sponsored events will include: gala dinner, social networking event, social event dinner, welcome reception,  business lunches on various days, coffee breaks on various mornings and afternoons.

Shipping Information for Vendors

Shipping address for conference materials as follows:

Hilton Tokyo – 4F Cloak

6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,

Tokyo 160 0023 Japan

Tel: +81 3 3342 2058 (Sales Office)

  • Please mention the conference name & date of the event in remark.
    • Conference Name: AGIFORS
    • Date of the event: 8-12th October 2018
  • Please ship the martials to be arrived after 1st October, 2018
  • Once you send the shipment, please send the information with tracking number to Ayaka Shirata at Ayaka.shirata@hilton.com


Event registration is open under with the following rates:
  • Airline/Academic member: Early USD 650, late USD 750
  • Airline/Academic non-member: Early USD 750, late USD 850
  • Other member: Early USD 1100, late USD 1200
  • Other non-member: Early USD 1200, late USD 1300
Early registration has ended on September 10. 

Since September 10 registrations are not refundable any more.

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