The Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies
41 Annual Symposium
Monday, August 27 – Saturday, September 1, 2001
Come and say G’ Day Down Under! This year’s symposium, hosted by Qantas Ai rlines, will be
held in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia’s largest and
oldest city, where the first settlers landed in 1788. The site of the 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney
is a vibrant place wit h beautiful harbors, sparkling beaches, an endless variety of museums, four
national parks, theatres, and many restaurants with international cuisine that offers something for
During the symposium, members of AGIFORS will share the latest in airline operations researc h.
Representatives from airlines, air transport associations, universities, industrial research labs,
and cons ultants will discuss and present technical papers to the group. There will also be a
vendor program in which the lat est products will be display ed. The Call for Technical Papers and
Presentations can be found at http://www.agifors.org.
This year’s symposium will also allow time to experience the local flavor of this unique city.
Attend an opera, play, or ballet at the Opera House; see kangaroos and koala bears at the zoo;
climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge if you dare; ride up to the observation deck of the AMP
Cent repoint Tower; visit the National Maritime Museum and the aquarium, Oceanworld; or watch
the surfers at Bondi Beach.
Please note the change of meeting dates this year to a Monday evening welcome reception with
the Technical Program beginning Tues day morning and concluding Saturday at noon. The
reason for this change is for ease of non-revenue travel and crossing the international dateline
(for example, passengers with flights departing from Nort h America and Europe on a Saturday
will arrive in Sydney the following Monday). So, mark your calendar for August 27 – September
1, 2001! We look forward to seeing you in Sydney!
The registration fee includes conference materials, all scheduled meals outlined in the agenda,
and a full day excursion on Thursday, August 30. To encourage participation, a fee subsidized by
AGIFORS has been set.
The early registration fee is US $550 per delegate and $300 per guest/child before July 15, 2001.
Registration fees received after July 15, 2001 will be considered late and will incur a $50 late fee,
no exceptions (US $600 per delegate and $350 per guest/child).
To register for the symposium, credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard) will be accept ed on -line
(new this year!) at www.agifors.org or a company check (MADE PAYABLE TO AGIFORS IN US
DOLLARS ) may be mailed in advance to Carl Wilburn at FedEx Express, Delivery Code 7702,
3680 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, and TN 38125. On-line registration will begin around May 1,
Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard), traveler’s checks, or company check will be accepted at
the on-site registration. No cash or personal checks will be accepted on-site.
A block of harbour view rooms has been reserved at The Regent Sydney, which is superbly
situated right on Sydney Harbour in the city’s historic Rocks area. The Regent Sydney is only a
short walk away from Sydney’s major shopping and business districts and affords dramatic views
of the famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Totally trans formed through a recent
A$60 million major renovation, this landmark property showcases 531 rooms and suites. The
Regent Sydney has just won the International 5 Star Diamond Award from the American
Academy of Hospitality Services for the Finest Hotel in Australia for Outstanding Commitment to
Excellence and Service within the Hos pitality Industry. It was also the official hotel for the
Olympic Committee while the Games were on.
Hotel reservations must be received by July 27, 2001 to obtain the specially negotiated
Symposium rate of A$250 per night. Each participant must mak e their own booking and
account settlement arrangements. To make reservations, please complete the hotel registration
form found at www.agifors.org. Additional information on The Regent can be found at
http://www. fourseas ons.com/locations/index.html.
Ground Transportation from Sydney International Airport
Upon arrival in Sydney, delegates and guests have three options for transferring to The Regent
Sydney, which are listed below in decreasing order of cost. Please note that fares given are
current as of March, 2001 and may change by August. Delegates and guests are encouraged to
pick up a city map upon arrival at the airport. Either taxis or the airport express bus 300 is
recommended over the train for evening arrivals.
TAXI – Approximately A$30
TRAI N – Approximately A$10.40 single one-way adult fare
The train station is directly under International Terminal (the way is indicated and easy to
negotiate with luggage). There is only one train line, but it goes in two opposite directions: take
the City direction, destination Circular Quay. Journey to Circular Quay is direct (i.e. no change of
train) and takes approximately 20 minutes. Circular Quay is the 8th station along the way (maps
of the rail net work are posted inside the carriages, so it's easy to track where you are anytime).
Circular Quay station is relatively "luggage friendly" and is a level 2 -3 minute walk to the Regent.
AIRPORT EXPRESS BUS 300 – Approximately A$7. 00 single one-way adult fare
The dedicated airport express bus number 300 (with lots of room for luggage) goes to the cit y. It
operates every 20 minut es every day of the year from approximately 5.00am to 11.00pm. Tickets
can be purchased from the driver on board the bus, or from ground staff at the Airport. Get on at
International Airport, and get off at Circ ular Quay, which is the last stop.
The Circular Quay bus stop is outside the train station in downtown Sydney. The area is actually
also a bus terminal on one side of the train station, and a ferry terminal on the other. The Regent
building is highly visible from there, so long as you stand on the road side (i. e. where the buses
are) of the train station: standing there with your back to the station, the Regent is the brown
building on your extreme right (it may not be clearly marked with a sign). Delegates should ha ve
picked up a map of the city, e.g. at the airport, and if still unsure, they can ask nearly anyone for
direction, starting with the bus / train staff. Comprehensive information can be found at