Michael Quiello is Vice President Corporate Safety for United Airlines, the world’s leading airline. Quiello is responsible for managing worldwide all aspects of aviation safety, ground safety, quality, medical, workers compensation, managed care, business continuity, family assistance and emergency operations for United Airlines and its 85,000 co-workers.
Quiello joined United Airlines in January, 2009. Prior to that, he served as Vice President Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, Georgia. Quiello began his aviation career and started flying while in high school, earning his private pilot license at age 17. After graduating from college, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and was designated a naval aviator after completion of U.S. Navy flight school in Pensacola, Florida and Meridian, Mississippi. He served both stateside and overseas while in the Marine Corps, including a Far East tour aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway. He began his commercial aviation career with Delta in 1981 as a B-727 Flight Engineer and served in areas of increasing responsibilities during his 28 years with that airline. In the mid 1990s, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief Pilot in the New York domicile and progressed to Chief Pilot-New York, General Manager of International Operations, General Manager and Chief Technical Pilot, Director of Fleets and Director of Flight Safety before assuming the role as Vice President of Safety, Security and Environment in 2005. Quiello has been qualified and flown various commercial and military aircraft to include the Grumman A-6E Intruder, Grumman EA-6A, the electronic warfare version of the Intruder, McDonnell Douglas TA-4 Skyhawk, Grumman TC-4C Academe, McDonnell Douglas MD-88, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 767-400 and the Boeing 777. He is also seaplane and glider rated.
He is a member of various professional organizations and has served on a variety of industry committees including the Airlines for America (A4A) Safety Council, International Operations Committee, Flight Training Committee, the IATA International Operations Committee, the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. and the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, where he serves as President and Vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees. He is also co-chair of the FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Executive Board in Washington, serves as a committee member of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) in Washington and serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut.
Michael Quiello is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Haven. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and a graduate of the Aviation Safety and Security Certificate Program from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.