Airline executive David “Dave” Pflieger serves as the President and CEO of Ravn Air Group, a transportation and logistics company based in Alaska which is also the State's largest regional carrier.
When David Pflieger, led Air Pacific/Fiji Airways, he also supported nonprofit organizations in Fiji such as the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES). Dedicated to protecting the land and marine resources of the Mamanuca region, MES draws upon partnerships with local communities, government agencies, and international nongovernmental organizations. The nonprofit sponsors projects that range from conserving turtles to teaching children in Fiji about the importance of protecting the environment.
MES engages in education and awareness campaigns designed to discourage children from disposing of their water bottles, plastic wrappers, and other trash in rivers that are eventually carried out to sea and can damage coral reefs. The organization also conducts clean-up campaigns that aim to eliminate trash on the beach. For instance, MES organized a program in the village of Solevu involving nearly 30 children, who picked up rubbish at a local beach.
Moreover, the organization concentrates on removing harmful crown-of-thorns starfish that feed on coral reefs. The explosion of starfish has had a devastating effect on the reefs. To learn more, visit the official MES website at www.mesfiji.org
An airline executive, David “Dave” Pflieger has served as the chief executive officer of Silver Airways, Hawaii Island Air, and Air Pacific Limited in Fiji. Supportive of environmental conservation causes, David Pflieger has donated to the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES).
MES is an active environmental organization focused on protecting the marine environment of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. The organization runs several programs and is set to launch a new turtle conservation project to protect the islands’ vulnerable turtles.
The Mamanuca Islands are home to several turtle breeding and nesting grounds. Some of the turtles found in the islands include the green turtle, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead turtle, and leatherback turtle. However, the islands’ turtle population has a very low survival rate of 1 in 1,000. Human encroachment and predators such as crabs are part of the reason for this low survival rate.
MES’s turtle conservation project seeks to improve the turtles’ chances of survival by developing community education and awareness initiatives, monitoring the breeding and foraging habits of the animals, and formulating turtle conservation guidelines for the community.
A former U.S. Air Force Officer, David (Dave) Pflieger has held numerous senior executive positions, including president and CEO of Fiji Airways, Silver Airways, and Hawaii's Island Air. He recently accepted the role of president and CEO of Ravn Air Group.
A leading air transportation and logistics company based in Alaska, Ravn Air Group is owned by private equity firms W Capital Partners and J.F. Lehman & Company. Board Chairman Alex Harman stated the company is excited to welcome Dave Pflieger as its new leader because of has a highly successful track record turning airlines around and his success with dramatically improving safety, operations, and customer service, as well as his commitment to building employee-focused cultures.
After accepting the position at Ravn, David Pflieger made special mention of the owners’ commitment to invest in the company and its team members as they strive to make the firm one of the strongest regional carriers in the United States. He is poised to lead the air carrier in improving its service to its customers and industry partners as well as Alaska’s residents.
Before starting work for the World Bank in 2016, David (Dave) Pflieger served as the president, CEO, and member of the board for Hawaii Island Air in Honolulu. His accomplishments prior to that included being a founding officer of the highly successful Virgin America and leading a dramatic and highly successful restructuring and rebranding of Air Pacific into Fiji Airways. Passionate about sustainability and corporate responsibility, David Pflieger created Virgin America’s entire corporate sustainability program, and in Fiji he led Fiji Airways to support Fiji’s communities by financing the island's first wellness clinic focused on preventative medicine.
Fiji Airways partnered with Dr. Zen Low and his well-respected Medical Center to create the first-ever Health and Wellness clinic in the country. To this day, the clinic still focuses on common health problems in the community, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Many Fijians in their 30s and 40s suffer from heart attacks and strokes, and about four of every 10 adults on the island has diabetes.
Detecting these issues before they cause irreparable harm is key for preventing early death. It is for that reason that the Fiji Airways clinic offers free screenings with a doctor's referral to help patients find prevention strategies and alternate lifestyle choices that can prolong their life and well-being and allow them to beat the premature death norms that are so prevalent in Fiji.
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