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Sponsorship packages from $500 to $3000 are available. Please send e-mail to sergey.shebalov@sabre.com if you are interested in details or would like to participate in the program.  We appreciate your help!


To submit a request for a presentation please send title, information about the authors and abstract to sergey.shebalov@sabre.com.

Registration fee will be waived for presenters from airlines/airports.


To register please click on the link below and fill in the form.



CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul


Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul, whose heritage building formerly served as the Foreign Affairs Palace 120 years ago, now welcomes its guests with unrivaled hospitality in the Taksim Gümüşsuyu district, deep in the heart of Istanbul. The luxury Hotel has been opened by the CVK Group, one of Turkey’s long established investors, and brings to life the glories of luxury and pleasure from the ancient Ottoman Empire.

Adress: Gumussuyu Mah. Inonu Cad. No:8 34437 Taksim/Istanbul

Phone: (+90 212) 377 88 88

Fax:(90 212) 377 88 89

To make reservation at group rate click the link below and select the dates of the conference:

Hotel reservation


 Tuesday, May 31

 09:0016:00  Istanbul City Tour (optional) 
 18:0020:00  Welcome Reception

 Wednesday, June 1

 08:0009:00 Breakfast and Delegate Registration
 09:00 – 09:30 Welcome
Sergey Shebalov - AGIFORS 
 09:30 – 10:30

Keynote Speech

Dr. Ahmet Bolat - Chief Officer Of Investment and Technology, Turkish Airlines
 10:3011:00 Coffee break
 11:0012:30 How to deal with disruptions: Robust scheduling vs Recovery algorithms

Selim Akturk - Bilkent University

Implementing modern planning tools in a rapidly growing medium-size carrier

Leandro Serino – frm. Aerolineas Argentinas
 12:3014:00 Business luncheon
 14:00 – 15:30

Itinerary Generation for Airline Profit Forecast

Shengzhi Shao – United Airlines

Shopping Data Insights

Paul Pedersen – Sabre Airline Solutions
 15:3016:00 Coffee break
 16:00 – 17:30

Vendor updates

Sabre Airline Solutions
 18:0021:30 Evening Outing – sponsored by Sabre Airline Solutions

 Thursday, June 2

 08:00 09:00 Breakfast
 09:00 – 10:30

Re-fleeting Revisited

Tore Jenner – Industrial Optimizers

Evaluating and Improving Schedule Robustness

Mahmood Zangui – Optym
 10:30 11:00 Coffee break
 11:00 12:30

Average Aircraft Output and Capacity Calculations in Airline Fleet planning

Oluwaferanmi Oguntona – Bauhaus Luftfahrt

Hub drivers as starting point to optimize bank structure, network and profitability

Soeren Bilet - M2P Consulting GmbH 
 12:30 14:00 Business luncheon
 14:00 15:30 Improving Solution Time and Quality of O&D Fleet Assignment Model through Tighter Bender’s Cuts

Peter Sun – Sabre Airline Solutions

The Auspicious Impact of Electric Operated Vehicles at Airports: The case of Turkey - TAV Airports

Bora S. Unsal - University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
 15:30 16:00 Coffee break
 16:00 – 17:00 Panel Discussion: New opportunities for decision support in scheduling
 17:00 17:30 Closing Ceremony

Social Activities

Tuesday, May 31

9:00 - 16:00 Istanbul City Tour (optional, extra fee) 

Tuesday, May 31

18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception at the hotel

Wednesday, June 1

19:00 - 22:00 Network Dinner

General Information


Business Events - Business Casual

Welcome Reception - Business Casual

Social Events - Evening Casual


The average temperature in Istanbul in May is 12°C (54°F) to 20°C (68°F) with only a 17% chance of rain.

Host City

Istanbul, historically also known as Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. 

Approximately 12.56 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2015, five years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world's fifth most popular tourist destination. 

The city's biggest attraction is its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoğlu district.

By Istanbul2010.jpg: Selda Yildiz und Erol Gülsen, Istanbul und Türkei CommunityMaiden tower.JPG: MkaraarslanNostalgic tram on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul.jpg: Janderk1968Modern Istanbul skyline.jpg: Robster1983Büyük Mecidiye Camisi.JPG: Veritas-trİstanbul-Ayasofya.JPG: Ben MorlokDerivative work: Tariqabjotu / JBarta - Derived from other images, as noted under Author, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26613274

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