Air Pacific’s Tabua Club

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 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

Visitors to Fiji Can Enjoy a Multitude of Adventures

fiji pic With over two decades in the aviation profession, David “Dave” Pflieger serves as CEO of Silver Airways, an airline that connects several specific regions of the United States and Bahamas. Prior to his current work with Silver, David Pflieger helped launch Fiji’s Air Pacific Ltd., an airline now known as Fiji Airways that offers flights to and from the South Pacific.

Visitors to Fiji have a host of outdoor adventure activities at their disposal, like boating, cave and helicopter sky tours, parasailing, and numerous other attractions on the islands.

The country offers a plethora of hiking opportunities, like the Dawasamu’s Tova Peak hike in the District of Dawasamu, Tailevu.

Aquatic locations, like Beqa Lagoon Reef, offer snorkeling opportunities provided by fishing charters and cruise ships. All levels experience levels are welcome to snorkel since the companies hosting the tours provide any necessary gear and instruction.

An extensive wildlife park in Fiji can be found at Kula Eco Park, which provides the opportunity to experience many native animals, including the endangered Fijian iguana.

Visit to learn about more visitor attractions in Fiji.

Island Air Community Outreach – Best Buddies Hawaii

Best Buddies Hawaii pic Following a career as a pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces, David “Dave” Pflieger entered the private aviation industry in 2002, and has held a number of executive roles at leading airlines. Most recently, Dave Pflieger joined Hawaii-based Island Air as the company’s president and CEO to manage day-to-day operations and community outreach.

Island Air is an ongoing corporate sponsor of Best Buddies, an international nonprofit dedicated to creating a culture of inclusivity and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Maintaining a presence in Hawaii since 1995, Best Buddies has spread its roots to several elementary, middle, and high schools, and the organization most recently celebrated its accomplishments at the 2014 Friendship Jam fundraiser. Hosted at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, the event attracted entertainers from all over Hawaii, headlined by The Magic of Polynesia with John Hirokawa. Proceeds from admission and auctioned items went directly into supporting local programs throughout the islands.

Established in 1989, Best Buddies is the first unified social and professional development nonprofit with a presence in all 50 states and around the world. To learn more about Best Buddies Hawaii programs, visit

Corporate Social Responsibility is Growing

Dave Pflieger Social ResponsibilityCorporate social responsibility used to be an option for large corporations to express their intentions to give back to the communities that supports them, whether through the creation of educational programs, or through advocacy of a cause for social reform. Essentially, corporate social responsibility, or corporate sustainability is a company’s way of showing an understanding for the implications of its conduct, and how its operation affects the social, cultural, and environmental atmospheres of its clientele. A company with good self-awareness will see to it that tending to its present needs does not sacrifice its future potential. While CSR used to be an innovative symbol of a company’s pledge to its customers and environment, it is growing to become a crucial must-have policy for all major corporations.

With changing economic tides, fluctuations in the market, environmental pressures, and general uncertainty as to the future of corporate sustainability, a company has to prove itself a contributor to the public good, as much as it is interested in serving its own needs for revenue. Corporations can get in touch with their own needs by developing a sense for their resource management and waste production. Limiting waste, removing unnecessary costs and risks, and increasing employee happiness and productivity are all green approaches to a healthier foundation. As corporations become less single-mindedly involved in their own prosperity, and open up to their communities, they may find customers eager to support them. Wouldn’t you give to a company if you knew it would use your contribution thoughtfully and generously? Why should a corporation produce a product without contributing to its community if it can do both?

Because of ever growing competition, corporations see a new way to entice customers to support them through product purchase by appealing to societal and environmental needs. This allows a consumer to feel as though his purchase is as selfless as the corporation’s sale. In 2002, Peter Thum founded Ethos Water (purchased by Starbucks in 2005)  which has since raised over $6 million in funds donated to the development of water and hygiene education programs. Warby Parker followed similarly by pledging to only craft its sunglasses in-house and sell directly to customers, lowering the cost of production, allowing the company to give free and low-cost glasses to those in need. Corporations will suffer if they try to sell products without a greater-serving cause backing their commodities.


from Dave Pflieger CSR

How to Deal with Stress in the Workplace

Dave Pflieger Wellness in the WorkplaceThe stress Americans feel every day can be largely attributed to the pressures and demands of the workplace. Every company should ask itself if it doesnt enough for its employees to assure a positive work atmosphere. Labor itself, along with limited body movement (being sedentary for long periods of time), and a strenuous work environment are all factors that contribute to feelings of tension and general negativity. Of course, over time, stressors begin to take a toll on employee happiness and productivity. It is a company’s responsibility to provide a satisfying work environment for those who work for its success. So, doesn’t it make sense for a company to supply its employees with its own form of stress-reducing exercises and wellness plans?

Roughly one in ten companies, only, has spent time designing a comprehensive wellness program for its employees, offering employees methods for stress reduction including yoga classes, meditative techniques and exercise. Beyond this, companies can introduce educational seminars and more long-term programs to advocate healthy practices. A few companies offer weight-loss and cholesterol management programs, healthy meals in vending machines and cafeterias, and even classes to help quit smoking. This is an intelligent way of addressing the many facets of a single issue: many workers smoke and overeat directly because of the stress they feel. Lowering stress helps twofold. Many of these programs raise feelings of positivity, well-being, and belonging, and inspire group activities, which means group progress. Members of a group do well to inspire each other to work for and maintain good habits. Aspects of a program can be as simple as reiterating good sleep and hygiene patterns. Often, it takes only a reminder and some repetition to instill values pertinent to good health, and one advocate often contagiously affects others around him with good habits.

Healthier workers simply feel better about what they do, and are more likely to come to work with a smile on their face than workers who feel they must sacrifice their priority on health for the sake of their employer. One company, Draper Inc. exceeded any expectations by organizing a team-based weight-loss program and awarding the winning team a prize for its success. What’s more is Draper honors employees monthly who display and encourage healthy lifestyles. It’s no surprise, Drape saw increased worker satisfaction and productivity. Other examples of going beyond the base level would be offering classes that help workers develop new skill, for example, cooking, music appreciation, or learning new computer applications. These give employees a chance to communicate and share experiences with each other in a different light. Positive feelings between co-workers engenders a free and transparent workplace, which helps all to feel more comfortable, appreciated, and motivated to work.

A company’s care for its employees is evident in all aspects of its conduct. Companies must understand their own culture to know how employees feel belonging to them. Jason Lang of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention expresses that a company’s concern for its employees’ wellness should be evident in everything the company does. Wellness is, ultimately, a question of lifestyle choices not of occasional beneficial activity. A company truly succeeds if it can make its impact last outside of the workplace.


from Dave Pflieger Wellness

Foundation of Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development Recognition

The former chief executive officer at Air Pacific, Ltd., David “Dave” Pflieger led and managed operations for the airline, which is now known as Fiji Airways. Additionally, Dave Pflieger engaged in community relations and played a vital role in developing a partnership with the Foundation of Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND).

A non-government organization geared toward social and economic empowerment in Fiji’s underserved communities, FRIEND is based in Tuvu, Kings Road, Lautoka. Established in 2001, the organization celebrated the opening of its first office within the first 12 months of its existence. Several programs, such as the handmade card project that benefits youth who are hearing impaired and a food product line that raises funds for senior citizens, launched soon after FRIEND’s office opened.

Recognized by the World Health Organization and Dish Magazine, FRIEND has received numerous accolades since its inception. Among its national awards are the Frank Hilton Community Service Award and the Fiji Development Bank New Initiatives Small Business Awards, which noted the achievements of three FRIEND projects in 2006. FRIEND is also the recipient of international recognition, including listing in the United Nations’ UN-HABITAT Best Practices Database as a Good Practice, which signifies FRIEND’s success in implementing a food product program that alleviates poverty.

Silver Airways Names New CEO

David “Dave” Pflieger is the former president and chief executive officer of Silver Airways, having presided over the airline during its first year of independent operations. In September 2014, Dave Pflieger stepped away from his position in order to join Hawaii Island Air as president and chief executive officer.

Silver Airways recently named Sami T. Teittinen to the board and as the company’s new chief executive officer. Teittinen assumed his position in September. He brings to his new position a proven track record of leadership and business growth, not to mention experience with the airline as the former chief financial officer. Moving forward, Teittinen and the rest of the Silver Airways board plan on improving the quality and quantity of offerings throughout Florida and the rest of the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Silver Airways is owned by Chicago-based investment firm Victory Park Capital. It has been named 2013 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World and one of the Top 10 Best U.S. Airlines in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.