Island Air Lends Support to the Fight Against Breast Cancer

susan g komen hawaiiDave Pflieger has held a number of executive roles in the aviation industry since 2002, most recently joining Island Air as the president and CEO as of September 2014. Shortly after his appointment, Dave Pflieger was instrumental in leading the company’s involvement in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This past October, Island Air joined the Susan G. Komen Hawaii affiliate in its efforts to provide screening and essential treatments for breast cancer. Island Air, which provides more than 250 weekly interisland flights between Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Lanai, sponsored flight fees for patients receiving treatment for breast cancer, incurring no cost to families or the nonprofit.

Up to 75 percent of the nonprofit’s income goes directly to supporting community education and treatment programs for medically underserved women, but the travel costs associated with flying to Oahu for repeated screenings and treatments represent a significant barrier to individuals in economically disadvantaged communities. By partnering with the charity, Island Air continues to lend its support to Hawaii locals in their fight against cancer.

Packing for a Fiji Vacation

With an aviation career spanning over 20 years, David (Dave) Pflieger is the president and CEO of Hawaii Island Air. Dave Pflieger was previously an instrumental player in the launch of Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways), an airline operating out of Fiji. Travel to Fiji can be exciting, but it is important to know how to pack for such a trip to get the most out of the experience. The following are some tips:

Fiji has a very warm climate, so bringing mostly light layers is usually sufficient. During the time spent at a resort, swimsuits and shorts are an acceptable and practical form of dress, but while venturing into Fijian villages, it is necessary to dress more modestly. It is also recommended that travelers wear cotton clothing as well as any clothing that shields and provides protection from the sun, which can be intense in this region. When packing, travelers should also bear in mind that while nights are typically warm, it can be beneficial to have a light extra layer on hand. The occasional downpour that may occur also calls for having adequate waterproof clothing on hand.

Over-the-counter medications and simple first-aid items are also important items to pack, since it can be difficult in the region’s remote areas to find the most basic medical supplies. Having pain medication, band-aids, and other rudimentary supplies can potentially mean the difference between enjoying the trip or suffering unnecessarily from a minor ailment for lack of access to adequate treatment. Other useful items include plastic bags for containing valuables in and around water, a day pack for carrying daily necessities around, and a flashlight.

Naming a Price In Green Building

The green building movement is in full swing, but how much are people willing to pay for it? A recent article in The Oregonian covers the trouble developers have knowing what a green feature is worth to a consumer, and what is being done to fix that.

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Naming a Price In Green Building

Some green features are readily apparent to anyone. A person will notice windows, doors or solar panels. But many features of green building are built deep into the fabric of the house. Ultra-efficient ventilation systems, green insulation and heat exchangers are not readily observable to the untrained eye, and oftentimes not to the trained eye either.

Developers are finding that some of their most green and energy efficient features are being overlooked by brokers and appraisers. As a result, there is very little clear data available on what eco-conscious consumers are willing to pay for green materials, technology and processes.

A non-profit out of Portland, Earth Advantage, is attempting to rectify the situation by educating real-estate professionals on how to spot green features and figure them into the price of the homes. The hope is that brokers and appraisers will take this information to consumers so that data will come in to see how much green building is worth.  Once those price points come in there will be room to push the practices out of their niche into the building community’s mainstream.

“A lot of this depends on the people who are out there on the front lines,” said Cathcart. “If you walk into a house and don’t know what questions to ask, things are going to be missed.”

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Using Data To Your Business’s Advantage

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Using Data To Your Business’s Advantage

Big data is the new way doing business amongst some of the biggest organizations in the world. So your small business should probably get in on the action too, right? Not so says a recent article on the Fox Business.

The article picks the brain of Steve Weber, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, says that turning customer interaction into data points doesn’t offer much benefit for small business. There is cost benefit to big data on a large scale that simply doesn’t exist on the micro level.

What is more important for small businesses is properly utilizing the data that they have at their disposal. Below are some tips Weber says can help small businesses make the most of their data.

Determine the needs of your customers.

Weber says to use your intuition here. What value-added service would your customers want that could employ data. Weber suggests, in the case of a restaurant, the example of providing customers the ability to view past orders so that they can review their favorite dishes.

Determine what data you will need to provide the service.

In the example of the restaurant, in order to track orders, a business owner would need to keep up with names, orders and customer reviews in order to put the new service into action. This can be accomplished through a mailed or emailed survey.

Understand your data.

Understand what you have and where your data is falling short. Perhaps you have everything that you need, or perhaps you need to contact your customers for more information. Either way, surveying your data will help you to understand what your capabilities are.

For more information on this topic, and ways to incorporate date To read the original article, head over to Fox Business.

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Silver Airways Partnership and Achievements

Executive Dave Pflieger is an established leader in the airline industry. David Pflieger has served multiple airlines, including Virgin America, Delta, and Air Pacific, Ltd. In 2013, Dave Pflieger joined Silver Airways as its president and CEO.

At the end of 2013, Silver Airways announced its newest partnership with JetBlue Airways. The collaboration makes it possible for Silver Airways passengers to connect between JetBlue destinations. Aimed at improving customer satisfaction and establishing brand loyalty, the ticketing partnership opens up new opportunities to service customers traveling throughout the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Silver Airways provides flights to, among other places, the Bahamas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Georgia. Branded in silver and charcoal gray, the airline stands for quality, professionalism, vibrancy, and trust. In 2013, Silver Airways earned the Regional Airline of the Year Award from Air Transport World and made the list of Top 10 U.S. Airlines as voted on by Conde Nast Traveler’s readers.

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In May of 2013, Dave Pflieger was appointed to the position of president and CEO of Silver Airways. David Pflieger also joined the company’s board of directors. The successor of Darrell Richardson, Dave Pflieger lead 800 employees and managed 32 aircrafts that provide more than 60,000 flights annually.

Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, Silver Airways was established in December of 2011. The company operates an estimated 170 flights per day to destinations like New York, the Bahamas, and Washington, D.C., among other destinations on the East Coast of the United States. Its fleet consists of Saab 340B Plus airplanes, which seat 34 passengers comfortably, and Beechcraft 1900Ds that offer fuel-efficient transportation for up to 19 travelers.

In June of 2014, Silver Airways celebrated its one-year anniversary as an independent airline. Launching its own independent customer reservation system and Internet site in 2013, the company is now able to service more cities between the Bahamas and Florida.

Air Pacific Adds the Airbus A330 to Its Fleet

Dave PfliegerLongtime aviation professional David (Dave) Pflieger worked for notable airline companies over the course of his career, including Air Pacific, Ltd. As CEO and managing director of Air Pacific, Dave Pflieger, spearheaded the initiative to acquire new aircraft for the company’s fleet and therefore increased flight services and tourism.

In 2013, Fiji Airways, formerly known as Air Pacific, welcomed the latest addition to its fleet, the Airbus A330. The company purchased three airplanes to replace its existing B747 and B767 models, which are less fuel efficient. The new aircraft expanded the company’s flight connections to countries such as India and China, with the possibility of extending service to areas of Europe. Its increased service also created more jobs for professionals in the airline industry.

The Airbus A330 is made of advanced composite materials and ultra-light alloys. Using state-of-the-art technology to design the aircraft, Airbus developed a new wing design for its A330 model that results in improved takeoff and landing performance. Further, the aircraft features three jet engines that reduce maintenance costs and the amount of fuel burned during flight.

Silver Airways Introduces Mobile Boarding Passes and Check-ins

Silver Airways pic David “Dave” Pflieger is a longtime airline executive who leads Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-headquartered Silver Airways as president and board member. The company has quickly become known as a premier provider of air travel connectivity throughout the Sunshine State, the Bahamas, and the Mid-Atlantic. In early January 2015, Dave Pflieger’s company announced new mobile boarding passes and check-ins as measures designed to increase convenience and efficiency. This service is available at all 11 Florida airports Silver Airways operates out of, as well as at Washington Dulles International Airport in the District of Columbia.

Through this remote service, iOS, Windows Mobile, and Android device owners simply access the http://www.silverairways.com website, where they will also find the latest flight status information. After selecting “CHECK-IN,” customers input their last name and confirmation code and follow automatic prompts that generate a paperless boarding pass. A barcode is sent via email that enables airline staff to simply scan customers’ mobile phones at boarding gates and security check-points. This system replaces the time-consuming traditional printed boarding pass process.

Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development

Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development  pic Dave Pflieger serves as the president and CEO of Hawaii Island Air in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously the CEO of Air Pacific, Ltd., David Pflieger was regularly exposed to economic conditions in Fiji. Empowered to help the under-served community, Dave Pflieger partnered with the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND).

Headquartered in Lautoka, Fiji, FRIEND was established in 2001 and provides programs that develop sustainable economic empowerment opportunities and improve health conditions throughout Fiji. Its programs include governance, youth development, Developing Enterprises for Sustainable Income (DESI), and PRISM.

FRIEND’s DESI program is a livelihood project that teaches skills to enhance economic opportunities among Fijians. The program offers training in product manufacturing, marketing, prototyping, and small business management. To ensure sustainability, the organization encourages the use of locally sourced resources when creating a product and a testing process to boost the likelihood of the product succeeding when brought to market. As a result, the DESI program offers citizens access to an income-earning business that will combat poverty.

To learn more about FRIEND, visit http://www.friendfiji.com.