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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

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

13:00 - 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 19:00

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


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.



Air Canada

Air France KLM

Air New Zealand

Air Transat

Alaska Airlines



American Airlines

COPA Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Hawaiian Airlines


Interglobe Aviation

LATAM Airlines Group

Lufthansa Group


Qatar Airways

Saudia Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Tigerair Taiwan


United Airlines

United Parcel Service



Airbus SAS


BKS Consulting


Boston Consulting Group


Ctrip Travel Network Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.



Global Eagle


Hospitio Consulting and Professional Services

Jeppesen Systems AB


Lufthansa Systems

M2P Consulting

McKinsey & Co

Merlot Aero


PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory LLC

Revenue Management System

Sabre Airline Solutions

SigmaZen GmbH

SkySchedule, Inc





Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

Iowa State University

KU Leuven


National University of Singapore

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Warsaw University


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

Wifi Access

Wi-Fi NETWORK: Fairmont_Meeting

Passcode: AGIFORS2019

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!

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.







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