As the president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Island Air, David Pflieger demonstrates a strong commitment to corporate responsibility. In prior executive positions at Air Pacific Ltd. (which he rebranded to Fiji Airways) and Virgin America, Dave recognized the importance of leveraging the power of major companies to give back to the community. Through Air Pacific, Dave Pflieger launched the first-ever wellness clinic in Fiji and undertook initiatives to help children from underserved communities get access to educational opportunities. He also contributed to local and national environment conservation efforts.
At Virgin America, Dave Pflieger created the first comprehensive green program at an American airline. This program involved CO2 reduction and recycling initiatives, carbon-offset opportunities, and other projects designed to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. These initiatives later led employees to take part in philanthropic activities like the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Turkey Trot.
In addition to keen concern for the environment and local communities, David Pflieger possesses an astute business sense. Over the course of three years at Air Pacific, he led a major turnaround, re-fleeting, and re-branding initiative that took the company from record operating losses of $91 million to annual profits culminating with the company achieving its highest profit ever just one year after his work was done. . Dave Pflieger achieved these profits despite fuel costs doubling during the same period by significantly increasing revenue, reducing costs, improving productivity, and improving customer service and employee morale.
David Pflieger launched his career in the United States Air Force as an officer and B-52 instructor pilot. He commanded six-man crews flying strategic bombers tasked with conventional weapon, cruise missile, and nuclear alert missions. After eight years of service, Dave Pflieger became an Air Force reserve officer in charge of a wing operations, and he also acted as a C-130 aircraft commander.