An experienced aviation industry professional, David “Dave” Pflieger is a dedicated philanthropist with a commitment to sustainability efforts and corporate social responsibility (CSR). David Pflieger’s early work in this area included overseeing the establishment of Virgin America’s CSR program and leading the airline’s “Green Team,” which partnered with the U.S. EPA to examine every area of the company’s operations in order to measure and manage the company’s carbon footprint.
Virgin America’s “Green Team,” which consists of workers from every department of the company, including pilots, dispatchers, in-flight crew, and airport guest services, is focused on reducing the airline’s carbon footprint and exploring new venues to enhance its sustainability measures for both air and ground operations. Meeting quarterly, the team discusses matters of sustainability and makes recommendations about upcoming projects, which may range from improving efficiencies and green procurement and to promoting resource conservation and recycling.
Achievements of the “Green Team” to date include beach clean-ups, an onboard recycling program, the addition of organic and healthy items to the airline’s in-flight menu, and participation in the 2010 and 2011 Great Race for Clean Air. In addition, the team created a bike-sharing program in Fort Lauderdale for use by pilots and in-flight crew on layovers. It also initiated the collection of renewable materials in airports where recycling is not possible.
To learn more about the Green Team and its accomplishments, visit virginamerica.com/cms/corporate-responsibility/collaboration.
A skilled professional in the aviation industry, David “Dave” Pflieger served as the CEO and Managing Director for Air Pacific, which he later rebranded to Fiji Airways. While at Air Pacific, David Pflieger helped ensure the education of underprivileged children in Fiji by funding scholarships for those in need through the airline’s Wings of Hope program.
Wings of Hope was originally started as a means to distribute unused foreign coins collected from passengers via Air Pacific’s “Cash for Kids program”. Under Dave Pflieger’s leadership however, Air Pacific broadened Wings of Hope and partnered with the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) to create direct scholarships for books, tuition, and other necessary school supplies for children living in poverty in Fiji. Notably, the partnership, allowed Air Pacific to donate over $160,000 in company funds to promote education and also help families and children affected by cyclones and severe floods in 2012 and 2013—floods which damaged homes and crops and prevented families from sending their children to school.
To learn more about Wings of Hope and its initiatives, visit fijiairways.com/about-fiji-airways/wings-of-hope.
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