Robert Ireland is Vice President - Safety, Engineering and Maintenance at Airlines for America, whose member airlines represent more than 90% of US passenger and cargo traffic. In his A4A role, he coordinates engineering and maintenance interfaces between the member airlines and an array of government and industry entities.
Ireland served United Airlines from 1981-2011, starting as a staff engineer, and then moving onto various management positions such as manager of Maintenance Division automation, Manager of Corporate Programs, to leading engineering services in United’s maintenance organization at San Francisco. From 1999 until his retirement from United in 2011, Mr. Ireland was Managing Director of Flight Training Center Services in Denver, overseeing flight simulator engineering and maintenance as well as all facility functions.
Prior to joining United Airlines, Ireland was employed by Boeing, and Honeywell’s avionics division.