David Pflieger is the CEO of Hawaii Island Air, a U.S.-based airline. His career in the airline industry spans nearly two decades, preceded by experience in the Air Force. In addition, Dave Pflieger coordinated the turnaround of Air Pacific, a Fiji-based airline serving the South Pacific. Dave Pflieger served as the MD and CEO of the airline, which ultimately reverted to the name “Fiji Airways.”
Travelers with Fiji Airways can collect frequent flyer points and join the Tabua Club. The airline extends the business-class check-in service to members of the club. Tabua Club members can also enjoy the Tabua Lounge at Fiji’s Nadi International Airport and affiliated lounges in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the United States. An additional benefit is expanded international baggage allowance.
Moreover, several Fiji partners of the Tabua Club offer club members VIP privileges and savings. These include deals on merchandise, dining, and services. Individual members pay an annual fee of FJ$ 450 to receive the above perks.
A successful airline executive , David Pflieger emerged as an industry leader in Florida and the Caribbean. Dave Pflieger formerly served on the Board of Directors of Silver Airways, a prominent regional airline offering flight service throughout the United States and the Bahamas. Under Dave Pflieger’s leadership, the regional airline continued to evolve.
On February 23rd, Silver Airways announced that it had met the Commercial Air Carrier Quality and Safety Requirements set forth by the United States Department of Defense (DOD). In addition to demonstrating top quality service and sound business practices, Silver Airways remained firmly committed to excellence in safety, operations, and maintenance. As a result, the largest independent airline in Florida will have the opportunity to participate in the DOD Air Transportation Program, which involves the airlifting of DOD resources in locations across the U.S.
To learn more about Silver Airways and the DOD Air Carrier Quality and Safety Requirements, visit the company’s official website at SilverAirways.com.
From 2010- 2013, Air Pacific Ltd. instituted a major financial and operational turnaround, returning to its prior name, Fiji Airways, in the process. The airline had been known as Fiji Airways from 1958 to 1970, when the name was changed to reflect its regional standing. However, as CEO Dave Pflieger noted in 2012, the increasing prominence of Fiji as a tourist destination in the 2000s and early 2010s merited a rebranding of the national tourism office and the country’s national carrier.
Today, Fiji Airways operates in a growing, vibrant tourist hotspot. At a recent tourism industry conference, the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association reported another record-breaking year, with over 700,000 people visiting the nation. The continued growth in Fiji's tourism sector, especially its growth in Asian markets, is due, in a large part, to the success of Tourism Fiji, the country’s National Tourism Office and Fiji Airways following the successful turnaround and rebranding of both entities–efforts that were led by Dave Pflieger. The airline's growth in China has been cited as a major factor, and as Fiji Airways continues to work closely with its homeland, further expansion across Asia is expected to represent the next chapter in Fijian tourism development.
Virgin America’s "Red" seatback entertainment system offers passengers the ability to make in-flight donations to offset the environmental impact of their trip. This year, in celebration of Earth Day, the company matched all onboard donations made during the last week of April to both the Carbonfund.org Foundation and NatureBridge, a nonprofit that offers environmental science education. Through NatureBridge, Virgin America is also funding shoreline cleanup and preservation projects in California. Additionally, the airline encouraged team members around the nation to donate their time to local cleanup campaigns throughout April in recognition of Earth Day.
Virgin America began offering flyers the ability to offset their carbon footprints in 2008, when founding officer and Senior Vice President Dave Pflieger put the airline on the map as one of the very first airlines in the U.S. to offer passengers the ability to offset carbon emissions via the company's web site--before flying, and via the airline's industry leading in-flight entertainment system-"Red" -- during their actual flight. Since that time, Virgin America flyers have offset more than 15 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Green operations have formed a central aspect of the Virgin America mission since the company stood up its corporate sustainability program in 2007. The airline was the first airline in the U.S. to measure and report its carbon footprint, and its San Francisco HQ building has received LEED certification. Virgin America new aircraft are up to 20 percent more fuel efficient than the industry average.
About David Pflieger
David Pflieger - Senior Airline Executive