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Conference Overview

  • A forum for airline senior managers, airline personnel, vendors, and members of academia to review the most pressing issues facing airline operations today, offer potential solutions, and provide opportunity for high level networking
  • Airline updates on what’s the latest happenings and plans in the near term for new business processes, systems replacements and/or upgrades
  • Eighteen (18) technical presentations from leading experts in the airline industry
  • Representatives from 30 airlines: Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, AirBlue, Air Canada, Air France KLM, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Indigo, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, LATAM, Lufthansa Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Siberia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Transavia, Turkish Airways, United Airlines, Vueling, Xiamen Airlines
  • Vendors exhibitions in the field of airline operations control, airport planning systems, crew management, and maintenance planning; from 20 vendors: AIMS International, Amadeus, Boeing/Jeppesen, Cirium, FlightAware, GE Aviation Digital, IBM, Industrial Optimizers, INFORM GmbH, Lufthansa Systems, M2P Consulting, OpenAirlines, Optym, ORTEC Consulting, PASSUR Aerospace, Sabre Airline Solutions, SITAOnAir, SlickOR, zeroG GmbH
  • A special AGIFORS MRO breakout session this year, with five additional 5 technical presentations
  • Conference Registration: The delegate registration fee includes conference technical materials*, all scheduled meals and social events outlined in the meeting agenda (*delegate registration only).  The registration fee is US$575 per (airline, or academic) delegate, US$1,035 per industry delegate, and US$1,495 per vendor delegate.  Registrants can also add social guests for US$240, to attend all social events.  A "social guest" is a spouse, partner, child, or friend and is not a business colleague.  A "social guest" may not attend the technical program
    Discounted hotel registration is no longer available!

Conference Keynote

The conference keynote address will be given at part of the joint session on Tuesday 4 June at 11:00 by Ekbel Bouzgarrou - Vice President Information Technology Distributed Services - Air France / KLM.

Ekbel Bouzgarrou is the Vice-president of Air France-KLM’s Information Technology Distributed Services. After obtaining a PhD in Operations Research and Computer at Grenoble’s Institut Polytechnique, he joined Air France in 1999 as an Operations Research engineer. He led the Operations Research department between 2005 and 2011 and then managed the IT program aiming to build the new Revenue Management tool. Prior to his current position, Ekbel was the Air France KLM Group’s Chief Technology Officer.

In addition, Ekbel was a member of the AGIFORS council for a number of years over the past decade.

Conference Sponsors

Gold Level

Silver Level

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Bronze Level

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If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities, we are offering a variety of sponsorship packages for your consideration.  With each package, your company with be recognized an official sponsor for the conference, and recognized at the start of each day’s proceedings.  If you would like to sign up for one of the limited sponsorship opportunities, please complete the online submission form at your earliest convenience.

Conference Agenda

The theme of this year's conference is 

Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Enhance Productivity


3 June 2019

 17:00 - 18:00


 19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception and Cocktails
Sponsored by Boeing/Jeppesen

4 June 2019

 08:00 - 08:30
Introductions / Conference Overview
 08:30 - 09:00
Why is your flight late? Mining airline data to assess root-causes & impact of delays 

Goran Stojkovic - Boeing Global Services


 09:00 - 09:30 Kick starting your analytics program, key tools and data required for maintenance optimization

Helmuth Naumer - IBM


 09:30 - 10:15

Machine Learning Application for Automatic Analysis of Aircraft Operations Interruptions  
W. Olivares L. Vianna, J. E. Cardoso Cruz - EMBRAER

 10:15 - 10:30

 Coffee Break

 10:30 - 11:00

Schedule planning with hub infrastructure constraints

Alexandre Pizzut - Air France KLM

 11:00 - 12:00

Keynote Address: Ekbel Bouzgarrou - Vice President Information Technology Distributed Services - Air France / KLM

 12:00 - 13:15
 Business Lunch
Sponsored by Cirium

 13:15 - 14:00
Digital Operations Transformation

Fernando Bosch - BCG

 14:00 - 14:30

Vendor Presentations

    Sabre | Lufthansa Systems | Boeing/Jeppesen

 14:30 - 15:00

Vendor Presentations

     Cirium | Amadeus/Optym | IBM | SITAOnAir 


 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

 16:00 - 22.00

 Dinner Cruise on the Seine
 Sponsored by Sabre Airline Solutions

5 June 2019

 08:00 - 08:30

 Airline Updates  (3)
 09:00 - 09:30

Blockchain-Inspired Integrated Airline Operations Recovery

Zachary Bluestein - Georgia Tech

 09:30 - 10:15 Modeling Activity at Charlotte Douglas Airport for Strategic Planning of Airline Operations

L. Doug Smith - Utah Valley University

 10:15 - 10:30

 Coffee Break

 10:30 - 11:15

Fast-Time Gate to Gate Simulation for Today & Tomorrow

Anthony Weatherington - Jeppesen

 11:15 - 11:45
Using data science to optimize ground staff planning under delay uncertainty

Benoit Patacq - Air France

 11:45 - 12:15
Centralized Deicing Facilities During Winter Operations

Ryan Leick - Utah Valley University

 12:15 - 13:30

Business Lunch
Sponsored by FlightAware 

 13:30 - 14:00

Airline Updates  (3)

 14:00 - 15:00

Vendor Presentations

     FlightAware | GE Aviation | SlickOR

     AIMS Intl | M2P Consulting |  OpenAirlines

 15:00 - 15:15

 Coffee Break

 15:15 - 17:00

 Vendor Exhibition

 17:00 - 22:30

 Dinner on your own (Free night) 

6 June 2019

 08:00 - 08:45

Airline Updates  (3)

 08:45 - 09:30
Data Blind Spots Preventing Optimal IROPS Recovery Solutions

Rex Bull - SlickOR

 09:30 - 10:15 

Automated timestamp generation through machine learning for solid collaboration in turnaround management

Manuel van Esch - zeroG


 10:15 - 10:30

 Coffee Break

 10:30 - 11:15

Building a Shorter Approach Fuel Saving Best Practice through Clustering

Nicolas Pinchenel - OpenAirlines


 11:15 - 11:45

The need for Airspace Users-driven flight prioritisation in case of delay

Nadine Pilon - EUROCONTROL

 11:45 - 12:15 

Airline Disruptions and Holistic Recovery
Hocine Bouarab - GE


 12:15 - 13:30

Business Lunch
 Sponsored by SlickOR

 13:30 - 14:00

Airline Updates  (3)

 14:00 - 15:00

Vendor Presentations

INFORM | zeroG | PASSUR Aerospace


 15:00 - 15:30

 Coffee Break

 15:30 - 17:00

 Vendor Exhibition
 20:00 - 22:30  Dinner in Renaissance Hotel

Sponsored by Lufthansa Systems

7 June 2019

 08:30 - 09:00

Airline Updates  (3)

 09:00 - 09:45 

The die is cast, gear up for the unknown

Davide Bardelli & Tim Nickel - Lufthansa Systems


 09:45 - 10:15Practioneer Talk: Refining the decisions in the Operations Centre

Anders Bohlin - Jeppesen

 10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
 10:30 - 11:15
Understanding and overcoming barriers of implementing disruption management systems in airline operations control

Sebastian Heger - m2p

 11:15 - 12:00 Business Meeting / Award Ceremony

 12:00 - 13:00 Business Lunch

Sponsored by GE Aviation 

14:00 Conference End

Program is tentative and may change without notice

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