MARPA Announces United’s Mike Arata as Keynote Speaker for 2012 Annual Conference

The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) is proud to announce that Mike Arata, managing director of Project Engineering at United Airlines will serve as keynote speaker for the 2012 MARPA Conference.

The MARPA Conference is the

Annual Conference for the FAA-approved aircraft parts manufacturing industry. It offers aerospace manufacturing industry professionals an opportunity to meet with customers and also to learn about the latest developments in safety management. In 2012, the Conference will take place October 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. More Conference information is available online at

In his role as managing director of Project Engineering, Arata oversees the compliance, configuration control, and maintenance program requirements for the fleet of nearly 700 mainline aircraft. Within his group, which also includes other UA engineering teams, dedicated engineers are engaged full time in the evaluation and approvals for PMA (parts manufacturing authority) products on the fleet.

“United has a well-established and industry-leading PMA program,” Arata notes. “With the extent of in-house overhauls on engines and components conducted at United’s main base in San Francisco, it is a natural part of the business model to minimize the costs associated with this work. Our comprehensive technical oversight and approvals program is the centerpiece of our very successful PMA process.”

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 375 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Airbus A350XWBs, and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.

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