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2021 Scheduling and Strategic Planning (SSP) Virtual Meeting

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Agifors Council has decided to organize all study group meetings ONLINE in 2021. 

SSP Study Group meeting will be held on Monday May 17, Tuesday May 18, and Wednesday May 19.

We are excited for our community to meet again, after a short break last year! 


In these challenging times,  we decided to greatly reduce the registration fees for the online meeting, as we feel now more than ever that we need to work together and support one another, to address the challenges we face. Registration fees:

  • Academic/Airline: AGIFORS members: FREE , Non-members: USD 30 
  • All others: AGIFORS members: USD 30, Non-members: USD 60

Register here for the SSP 2021 Meeting.

Not an AGIFORS member yet? Membership is free; just visit https://agifors.org/join-us


Presentation Files: AGIFORS SSP2021 Presentations.zip

Here is the Detailed agenda and timetable

Here are the Technical presentation abstracts

Agenda overview:

UTC Monday, May 17 2021
14:15 Study Group Chairs' welcome remarks
14:25 President's welcome address

Keynote address: People and the pandemic: Southwest & COVID-19

Adam Decaire, VP of Network Planning, Southwest Airlines

15:15 Technical Presentations
15:45 Sponsor presentation - Lufthansa Systems
16:15 Break
18:30 Technical Presentations, Airline Updates
19:00 Day1 Closing

UTC Tuesday, May 18 2021
14:00 Study Group Chairs' welcome remarks
14:10 Technical Presentations
15:15 Sponsor presentation - Zulu Airline Systems
15:45 Break
18:00 Panel discussion: How to fight the pandemic and navigate to recovery
17:30 Technical Presentations, Airlines Updates
19:00 Day2 Closing

Conference Closing
UTC Wednesday, May 19 2021
14:00 Study Group Chairs' welcome remarks
14:05 Technical Presentations
15:30 Sponsor presentation - Amadeus
16:00  Technical Presentations
16:45 Break
17:00 Technical Presentations
19:15 Conference Closing

Sponsored by

We thank our sponsors, for supporting the SSP community!

Gold Sponsorship (USD 500)

It has always been the policy of AGIFORS to have the registration fees for airline staff and academics as low as possible. Academicians are likely to introduce new approaches and thinking into our field, and having a strong airline presence brings great value to both the vendors and the airlines. This would only be possible because of our sponsors - thank you!

Our sponsors will get a 20-minute sponsor presentation within the main program and their logo will be posted on this website. If you would like to sign up as a sponsor or for any questions, please contact ssp@agifors.org or complete the online sponsorship form.


For questions or more information, please contact SSP study group chairs:

Keynote Address


We are thrilled to announce that Adam Decaire, Vice President of Network Planning at Southwest Airlines will deliver a keynote address on Monday, May 17th. Here is Adam's biography.

We hope you can join us!


We are delighted to introduce our distinguished panel, and excited to have a live discussion around the timely topic of recovery. Our panel will discuss the challenges faced by airlines due to the pandemic, and the initiatives taken and new approaches employed and further needed, along with their thoughts on how our community can help the airline industry navigate to recovery.

(Click photos for biographies)

Mirco Bharpalania

Head of

Data & Analytics

Lufthansa Group

Terrence Bradshaw

Director of

Models and Systems,

Network Planning

American Airlines

Rodrigo Correia

Sr Director of 

Itinerary Planning,

LATAM Airlines

Matt Muehleisen

Sr Director of 

Network Initiatives,

Network Planning

Southwest Airlines

Emre Pekesen

Sr VP of 

Sales & Network Planning

Pegasus Airlines

Laurie Garrow - Moderator

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Co-Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility

Georgia Institute of Technology


We are looking forward to an enriching meeting with 226 representatives from the following 46 airlines,

30 academic institutions, and 29 solution providers, vendors, industry, government, and other organizations.

AeroFlot Lufthansa Group Beihang University Airbus
Air Asia Malaysia Airlines Bilkent University Airlines Reporting Corp.
Air Canada Pegasus Airlines Coventry University Amadeus
Air France - KLM Qatar Airways Cranfield University Amadeus Labs
Air Mauritius Saudi Airlines Dartmouth College Boeing
Air Transat Singapour Airlines Delft University of Technology Boom Supersonic
Alaska Airlines SkyUp Airlines DHBW Mannheim Cirium
Allegiant Air Southwest Airlines DLR (German Aerospace Center) Collins Aerospace
Amazon Air SunExpress Airlines Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Dassault Systemes
American Airlines Swiss Air Eskisehir Technical University Decisal
Cathay Pacific Airlines Turkish Airlines FernUniversität Hagen FICO
China Airlines United Airlines Fraunhofer IAIS FlightBI
Copa Airlines VietJet Air Hamburg University of Technology Hubtimizer GmbH
Delta Air Lines Virgin Australia Indian Institute of Management Calcutta IATA
EasyJet Airlines Vueling Airlines Indian Institute of Technology Bombay IBM
Emirates Airlines Wizz Air Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur  ICF
Ethiopian Airline Wheels Up Indian Institute of Technology Madras Jeppesen
Etihad Airways   Massachusetts Institute of Technology Khimba Ai Ltd
Finnair   McGill University Lift Airline Planning
flydubai   Purdue University Lufthansa Systems
Flynas   Sastra Univeristy Navblue
GOL Airlines   Universidade de São Paulo  OTG Management
Gulf Air   University of Bergamo Passur Aerospace
Hawaiian Airlines   University of Hamburg Sabre
Icelandair   University of Mannheim  Sabre Labs
Jazeera Airways   University of Nebraska-Lincoln Simulate!
jetBlue Airways   University of the Philippines Diliman SlotSched Consulting
LATAM Airlines   University of Washington Stena Line
LOT Polish Airlines   University of Westminster Zulu Airline Systems
    Yildiz Technical University  


 We invite you to join us and share your expertise and ideas, OR/ML/Analytics use cases, new strategies, and latest innovations and advances on the topics that matter most to you!

We already expect technical presentations from Amadeus/Optym, American Airlines, Lufthansa Group, Lufthansa Systems, Sabre Labs, and others. There is still room for your contribution. Especially this year, we would more than welcome presentations describing the unique challenges the pandemic brought to your company and how you have been addressing them, as well as unique opportunities you identified and plan to capitalize on going forward.

We encourage technical presentations discussing, in depth, OR/ML methodology to solve airline scheduling and planning problems, as well as business use cases describing how OR/ML/Analytics is utilized, without going into the underlying math, to solve a problem and/or improve processes.

Topics of interest include but not limited to

  • Recovering from the pandemic
  • Demand forecasting
  • AI and Machine Learning in airline scheduling and planning
  • Market share and profitability forecasting
  • Shopping data insights for scheduling and planning
  • Codeshare/Alliance/Joint-Business decision making
  • Robust scheduling
  • Leveraging Big Data and Visualization
  • Fleet assignment
  • Aircraft/Maintenance routing
  • Frequency assignment, timetabling, day-of-week scheduling
  • Long term schedule/fleet decision making
  • Aircraft configuration optimization
  • Network strategies
  • Gate planning/optimization
  • Schedule publication
  • Collaboration between schedule optimization/planning and operations, maintenance operations, revenue management, crew, and airports

The following are requirements for participation in the technical program:

  • A 30-45 minute presentation
  • Willingness to comply with requests for additional information and clarification on abstract and/or presentation material
  • Willingness to tailor a presentation for the AGIFORS SSP audience and to accept directions from the selection committee in doing so
  • No live demo’s (screenshots are fine insofar as they illustrate or help visualize concepts or demonstrate results)
  • No references to commercial products
  • Must register and attend the conference

Please submit your technical presentation proposal using the form here.

If you cannot access the form, or for any inquiry, please contact ssp@agifors.org with the speaker names, organization, title and abstract of your talk, and duration.

Here are requirements on presentation material in detail.

Please inform us of your intent to present by no later than April 27, 2021.

Draft presentation due May 2nd

Final presentation due May 10th 

Diamond Sponsorship Level

This year the Agifors Council has introduced a  a new concept in sponsoring the Study Groups: the Diamond Sponsorship level. The price of this package is USD 1,500.
When you opt for this package, you will be a gold sponsor on all of the study group meetings:

  • 2021 Revenue Management Study Group
    Dates: May 4th-6th.
  • 2021 Scheduling and Strategic Planning Study Group
    Dates: May 17th-19th.
  • 2021 Crew Management Study Group
    Dates: June 7th – 17th.
  • 2021 Airline Operation/Aircraft Maintenance Operations Study Group
    Dates: July 13-16

Application for this package is through the same page as the Gold package.

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