David Pflieger, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has devoted more than 15 years to the aviation sector. His early roles included service as a B-52 instructor pilot. Subsequently, Dave Pflieger became an operations attorney for Delta Air Lines and, eventually, the CEO of Silver Airways. Dave Pflieger was also instrumental in the management of Air Pacific, the airline that is now known as Fiji Airways.
To get the most out of a trip to Fiji, one should pack appropriately. The country has a warm climate for which light layers are suitable. For time spent in a resort, swimsuits and shorts are acceptable and practical, but when venturing into Fijian villages it is important to dress more modestly. It is also recommended to bring cotton dresses and shirts, a hat and sunglasses for protection from the sun, a light sweater, and a waterproof jacket.
Insect repellent, sunscreen, and prescription and over-the-counter medications are important to bring along as well: It can be difficult to find basic medical supplies in more remote areas. Aspirin, bandages, antiseptic, and other basics can make the difference between enjoying the trip and suffering from an acute ailment. Other useful items include plastic bags, a day pack, a flashlight, a camera, and a water bottle.
The Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) seeks to reduce poverty in Fiji by providing individuals with opportunities for social and economic empowerment. The organization’s youth development initiatives include training programs for individuals between the ages of 15 and 30. These training opportunities attract participants from a wide range of backgrounds. People with special needs, youth struggling with unemployment, and students from both secondary and tertiary institutions have participated. The training programs aim to increase self-esteem while also teaching marketable skills. Activities include sign language courses, workshops, and awareness events focused on initiatives like the Millennium Development Goals.
In addition to training programs, FRIEND connects young people to the Youth Employment Network project, which offers mentorship and training to people without steady employment. Participants interact with motivational speakers and gain direct work experience through volunteer positions. Another opportunity is FRIEND Art & Cultural Enterprises (FACE), which targets at-risk youth and provides them with a creative outlet through exposure to the visual and performing arts.
One of Friend's largest corporate sponsors is Fiji Airways, and their partnership began in 2012 under the leadership of Managing Director and CEO Dave Pflieger.
A veteran of the air travel industry, David Pflieger served as the president and chief executive officer of Silver Airways, the largest regional airline based in Florida. In this role, Dave Pflieger oversees all aspects of business. Dave Pflieger maintains a strong commitment to ensuring that Silver Airways offers customers industry-leading levels of service. Recently, Silver Airways appointed a new vice president of airports and customer service, Brian McCormick, to ensure that customer service remains a central concern as the airline continues to expand.
Formerly the director of airport operations, Brian McCormick brings more than two decades of customer service experience to his new role. The position’s responsibilities include not just overseeing customer service delivery but also training employees on best practices. McCormick previously worked for Menzies Aviation and led service delivery and business development operations in conjunction with many of the world’s largest airlines. In addition, he served as vice president of Airport Terminal Services and provided support to Azul while it launched its North American airport operations.
A distinguished turnaround manager with more than a decade of executive experience, David “Dave” Pflieger has been president and CEO of Island Air since September 2014. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, Dave Pflieger is responsible for maintaining corporate sponsorships with local charities, such as the Special Olympics Hawaii chapter.
In order to support Special Olympics Hawaii, which serves more than 3,500 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the main islands, Island Air has lent its corporate backing to help local athletes in the 2014 games. Thanks to the support of Island Air, athletes from the island of Lanai were able to participate in Special Olympics for the first time since 2006. In addition, Island Air team members Susan Wadas and her son Michael joined Special Olympics coach Dylan Bode to assist in the recruitment and coaching of athletes in preparation for the Winter Classic this past November, as well as transporting to and from Lanai and Maui.
About David Pflieger
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