United Airlines, one of the five original airlines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), will be spotlighted at the Flight Path Museum Speaker Series at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19th, in the Imperial Terminal, 6661 Imperial Highway, Los Angeles.

The public is invited to attend. Admission and parking are free.

Alan Wayne, United Airlinesí longtime regional public affairs officer, will give a talk, ìFlying the Friendly Skies,î concerning the airlineís triumphs and trials as it moved from the era of government-protected routes to deregulation, in and out of bankruptcy, and now to ìa new struggle for success in an insecure world,î Flight Path officials said.

Wayneís long association with United Airlines at LAX gives him a unique perspective on the issues facing United and other airlines, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake.

ìThere is nobody better qualified than Alan Wayne to speak on this topic,î said Ake. ìHis presentation will give all of us a better understanding of what is happening to our airlines, past, present and future.î

Wayne, a native of Boston and a former news reporter, began his career with United in 1965, advancing to director of public relations in the airlineís eastern division.

He left in 1977 to work for Sikorsky Aircraft, overseeing communications programs for the U.S. militaryís new Black Hawk and other helicopters.

After returning to United Airlines in 1980, Wayne was assigned the position of regional director of governmental and public affairs for the growing West Region, with offices in Los Angeles.

His responsibilities included representing United and often the airline industry before state and local government officials in a nine-state area.

Wayne came to be closely identified with United at LAX, often speaking to news media when United and other airlines addressed issues of passenger service and safety, environment, economics and airport planning.

He also served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

Since his retirement last fall, Wayne has served as a consultant to United and also as counsel to the public affairs firm GCG Rose & Kindel.

He and his wife Gail, a real estate executive, reside in Marina del Rey.

The museum and learning center are0 operated by Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency which operates LAX.

Information, (310) 215-5291 or www.flightpath.us/.

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