United Technical Operations
United Technical Operations is the maintenance, repair and overhaul division of United Airlines. We bring over 85 years of MRO experience, employee talent and operational integrity to our customers. As a full-service global MRO provider, our specialized areas include engines, line maintenance, Global Emergency Maintenance (GEM), landing gear, parts loans, component maintenance and engineering services. United is also proud to support several government programs that encompass a variety of services from our product portfolio.
The United Technical Operations MRO Center, located in San Francisco, is a 2.9 million-square-foot facility that is home to more than 3,500 technicians, management, and support personnel. Our facility includes an engine overhaul shop, narrowbody and widebody airframe docks, component shops and more.
Our Line Maintenance division has over 45 locations throughout the world with major hubs in Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark-New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C., with other major maintenance locations in Cleveland and Orlando.
By leveraging United’s many years of experience and leadership in safety, logistics, and operational excellence, United Technical Operations continues to deliver innovative and cost-efficient solutions to more than 40 customers worldwide. Additional airline contract business includes aircraft sales, engine and APU sales and leases as well as ground handling and flight training.
Senior Vice President, Technical Operations
Kris Bauer is senior vice president of technical operations for United Airlines. In this role, Kris oversees all of United's global technical operations functions, including line and base maintenance functions; aircraft reliability and regulatory compliance; administrative, engineering, planning and production support of airframes, engines and components; facilities maintenance and ground service equipment maintenance; as well as third-party sales.
Kris previously served as senior vice president, operations for Allegiant where he oversaw the airline’s inflight, flight operations, ground operations, maintenance and safety functions. Prior to Allegiant, Kris was senior vice president of technical operations for Northwest/Delta. Before joining Northwest, Kris held various financial positions at United, and worked in engineering at The Boeing Company.
Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and received his MBA from Cornell University.
Vice President, Maintenance
Don Wright is vice president of maintenance operations for United. In this role, he is responsible for 8,000 employees, 45 manned maintenance stations and oversees third party maintenance.
Prior to this position, Don served as vice president of United's Newark hub, where he oversaw the entire operation for Newark, JFK and LaGuardia. Previously, Don was the managing director of technical operations, responsible for aircraft line maintenance operations at our LAX hub and throughout the Asia/Pacific region.
Don joined the company in 1988 as an international maintenance representative in Sydney, Australia, and has held several positions of increasing scope and responsibility including positions based in the Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Previously, Don worked for Qantas Airways in various roles as an aircraft maintenance engineer. Don holds an FAA airframe and powerplant certificate and is a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer.
Don is married and has two children.
Vice President, Base Maintenance
Mark Eldred is the vice president of base maintenance for United. In this role, he is responsible for the execution of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for United, overseeing all heavy-duty and pre-scheduled base maintenance and inspection of aircraft at our bases in Houston and San Francisco.
Previously, Mark was managing director of base maintenance and MRO services, guiding the San Francisco Maintenance Center through a major transformation that resulted in better productivity and improved performance in support of the airline and its maintenance customers. Prior to that, he served as managing director of service engineering at United, overseeing the airline’s maintenance operations and monitoring the performance of aircraft to identify, investigate and resolve operational problems. Mark joined United in 1994 as a line engineer.
Before joining United, Mark was an airframe engineer at USAir and a project engineer at Hawaiian Airlines. He also spent time as an AutoCAD consultant.
Mark received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Florida International University in 1990. He is married and currently resides in San Mateo, CA.
Customers with a GEM can view the current status of their aircraft.
Please ask your United Technical Operations Representative to provide you with a GEM ID and password.