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The Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) is a professional society dedicated to the advancement and application of Operational Research within the airline industry. The membership consists of Operational Research professional employed by recognized civil airlines and related industries and correspondents keenly interested in the application of Operational Research to aviation problems.

AGIFORS is the outcome of informal discussions between six airline Operational Research workers (from Trans Canada, Air France, Sabena, BEA, and Swissair) who were present at the second international conference in Operational Research at Aix en Provence, France, in 1960. These informal discussions led to the formation of a committee, which organized a Symposium on the use of Operational Research within the airline industry, at Spring Valley, New York in October 1961. This Symposium was deemed successful and resulted in the formation of AGIFORS as a professional society dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and new advances in Operations Research within the airline industry.

Today the AGIFORS membership exceeds 2800 professionals representing more than 500 airlines, airline manufacturers, universities and aviation related companies and associations.
Annual Symposium
The Annual Symposium is the main focus of AGIFORS activities, and is held during September or October each year. AGIFORS members make presentations on various airline OR subjects. Guest speakers are invited from the academia and related industries, to present the latest state of-the art OR practices. The Symposium also includes panel sessions, discussion groups and tutorials. In addition, the symposium offers a concurrent spouse program and several evening social events that let delegates experience varied local attractions.

Participation in the Symposia and the nature of the subjects discussed, clearly show the international nature of AGIFORS, its growth and the wide range of interests of its members. The symposium also provides participants with the opportunity to make new contacts with people studying similar problems at airlines all over the world.

Copies of the proceedings of the Symposia may be obtained, so long as they remain available, using the official order form, or by contacting the
AGIFORS Communications Officer.

Study Groups
Each year AGIFORS sponsors several study groups focusing on specific areas within the airline business. The study groups include Reservations and Yield Management, Strategic and Schedule Planning, Cargo, Crew Management, Airline Operations and the Operational Research Managers Working Group. The study groups meet individually during the spring and focus on new technical developments and trends. The study groups also provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new ideas and concepts applied to the airline business.

Anna Valicek Medal
The Anna Valicek Medal is for original and innovative research by graduate students in the area of airline operations research. The Anna Valicek Medal provides a US$2,500 award as well as the opportunity to present student research work at the AGIFORS Symposium meeting. Please click here for more details.