59th Annual Symposium

The 59th Annual Symposium hosted by Boeing and Alaska Airlines will be September 30 – October 4, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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.

"We have several exciting workshops planned for this year’s symposium” Rodrigo Acuna-Agost, the Symposium Technical Co-Chair explains. “The main novelty for this year is that we will be more explicit in encouraging submissions on artificial intelligence and machine learning to enrich our technical program. We are aiming to grow the AGIFORS community with new members creating synergies on complementary fields. As a consequence, we will better serve the new challenges and emerging use cases originated by the increasing amount of data generated by the airline industry.”

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


Event registration is open with the following rates:

  • Airline/Academic member: USD 800
  • Airline/Academic non-member: USD 900
  • Other member: USD 1250
  • Other non-member: USD 1350
  • Gala Banquet only: USD 125

Register now

No refunds will be issued as the cancellation date has passed.

Agenda and technical program

Please find the detailed agenda and the technical program here:

Agenda and technical program


High level Agenda (tentative)

Monday September 30

12:00 - 17:00

Machine learning and AI Workshop

17:00 - 19:00

Council Meeting

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception




Tuesday October 1

08:30 - 8:45

Opening Remarks and Introductions

08:50 - 12:15

Technical Session




Technical Session incl.
Anna Valicek Paper Competition



Wednesday October 2

08:30 - 11:30

Technical Session



Social Activities - Tour of
Boeing Factory and Cruise




Thursday October 3

08:30 - 12:10

Technical Session



13:15 - 17:35

Technical Sessions

from 20:00

Gala Banquet




Friday October 4

08:30 - 12:15

Technical Session

Lunch and AGIFORS Business Meeting


Conference Close

Above times may change without advance notice. 

Location for all technical meetings: Metropole Room

Location for the reception and gala: Garden Room


The conference will be held at

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel logo

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

411 University St.

Seattle, WA 98101


Telephone: +1 (206) 621-1700

A block of deluxe king rooms has been arranged at the Fairmont Olympic for USD 239 per night (excluding a USD 2.00 per room per night Seattle Tourism Assessment Tax and a 15.6% Room Tax).  This rate is available three days prior and three days after the Symposium and includes complimentary high speed internet.  These rates are available until September 12, 2019. An early departure fee of USD 120 will be charged for guests who depart prior to their confirmed departure date and do not notify the hotel of the departure date change before September 29, 2019.


To book the special AGIFORS rate, please use the following link

Hotel booking

Information for speakers

Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2019

Final presentation submission deadline: 15 August 2019

Submit Abstract

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.


The Seattle Fairmont Olympic is located approximately 15 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  In addition to taxis and transportation network companies (like Uber and Lyft), there is a light rail line that connects the airport to downtown.  The hotel is located two blocks from the University Street Station (walk up the steep hill to the hotel). See https://www.portseattle.org/page/public-transit-link-light-rail  for information on how to get to the light rail line from the airport.

Information on social events

Boeing Factory Tour

On Wednesday afternoon, we will take a tour of Boeing’s Everett Factory Tour and the Future of Flight Aviation Center (25 miles north of Seattle) in Mukilteo, WA.  See https://www.futureofflight.org/boeing-tour-seattle for additional information.

Harbor Cruise of Seattle Waterfront

On Wednesday evening, we will have dinner on a privately chartered boat while cruising the harbor and seeing the Seattle Waterfront. 

Departure point for Dinner Cruise:

Argosy Cruises

Pier 55

1101 Alaskan Way

Boarding time: 6:00 PM

Departure time: 6:30 PM

Return time: 9:30 PM

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. 

Visa information

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

Ken Wang Celebration

Sally Bellmaine, widow of the late Ken Wang, will be attending the Annual Symposium in Seattle in celebration of a new Ken Wang Distinguished AGIFORS SCHOLAR program that will be launched in 2020.  As part of this celebration, Sally has invited many former AGIFORS Fellows, colleagues, and friends to attend the AGIFORS events.  The Ken Wang celebration program, organized by Sally, includes the following:

  • Tuesday, October 1st – Private dinner at the Wild Ginger, 7 PM, 1401 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
  • Wednesday, October 2nd – Cruise with AGIFORS members
  • Thursday, October 3rd – Banquet dinner with AGIFORS members

Those guests who have confirmed include:

  • Barry Smith
  • Bill Swan
  • Greg and Sonja Lough
  • Tim and Judy Jacobs
  • Richard and Elaine Ratliff
  • Scott Nason
  • Janet Campton
  • William Denniss & Fiona Wang
  • Lynn B. Ogden

If you are not on the list above, but plan on attending as one of Sally’s guests, please email Laurie Garrow at Laurie.Garrow@agifors.org so we can make sure to include you in the activities above!

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), 10 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

Individuals who need to ship materials can work with the UPS Store located inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Individuals must contact the UPS Store in advance to let them know that materials are being shipped.  Additional information on shipping policies is available here. Contact information for the UPS Store is located here:  https://locations.theupsstore.com/wa/seattle/411-university-st.







 Silver Chrome

Image credits: Seattle skyline by user Spmenic - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seattle_spm.jpeg

Contact us

Address: AGIFORS President, 931 Monroe Drive,  Ste 102 #613, Atlanta, GA 30308

Phone: +1 (404) 385-6634

Email: president@agifors.org

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