Director of Engineering, Virgin America
Ken Bieler joined Virgin America in 2005 as director of engineering and brings nearly 30 years of experience in aircraft engineering to the airline. Bieler oversees the design of the airline’s award-winning cabin, including its signature moodlighting, with 12 shades that adapt to outside light, and its next-generation Red In-flight Entertainment (IFE) system. He is also responsible for aircraft configuration definition, airframe, engine and component maintenance program definition, fleet reliability and future development.
Prior to coming to Virgin America, Ken was fleet manager at United Airlines where he oversaw the configuration, reliability and maintenance program for the Boeing 777 fleet. Before that he served as a lead engineer for the airline and was responsible for the configuration, reliability and maintenance program of all structures, flight controls, hydraulics and landing gear systems for various fleets over his tenure including the Boeing 757, 767, 777 and the Airbus A320 fleets.
Bieler has also held senior engineering positions at McDonnell-Douglas and graduated from San Jose State University’s School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics-Maintenance.