A former senior vice president at Virgin America, David “Dave” Pflieger currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Island Air. As an airline executive, Dave Pflieger maintains a commitment to sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and employee welfare. At Virgin America, Dave established a unique, companywide Green Team that undertook projects ranging from LEED certification for the company headquarters to cleaning beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. The team also identified and engaged in carbon offset projects and started some of the first Virgin recycling programs. Under his leadership, Virgin America became the first airline in the United States to make sustainability a central part of corporate culture with a comprehensive green program. The Sierra Club recognized Dave Pflieger for his efforts at the airline in a 2009 article.
After leaving Virgin America, David Pflieger joined Air Pacific Ltd. (which he rebranded to Fiji Airways). As the chief executive officer and managing director, he successfully returned the airline to profitability while also leveraging the airline’s resources to support local and national conservation efforts. Dave Pflieger additionally created a company program that provided scholarships to underprivileged children in order to improve access to primary education in local communities. He aims to bring this same passion for corporate responsibility and sustainability to Hawaii Island Air.
David Pflieger attended the United States Naval Academy and was one of five midshipmen in a class of 1,049 to cross-commission into the Air Force. Commissioned as an officer, he served as a B-52 instructor pilot, Squadron Executive Officer, and later as a C-130 aircraft commander. After serving as an officer in the Air Force, he furthered his education at Emory University and earned a master of business administration from the Goizueta School of Business and a juris doctor with distinction from the Emory University School of Law.