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.

Is Your Company Transparent Enough With Its Customers?

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Corporations are increasingly buying into the growing concern with public good and doubling up their efforts as an advertising campaign that raises awareness for both the charitable cause and the company. For a business, bridging the gap between a more self-serving business strategy and the altruistic concern for the customer’s satisfaction can be a very effective advertising campaign.

Whether it’s a business’s policy to only use local and grass-fed cows for meat, or it’s a donation to help build schools in underprivileged areas, consumers feel better buying a product knowing it plays a part in betterment elsewhere. Consumers want to see the in-person effect of efforts to help the community and want more direct communication between an organization and the society it serves. The bottom line is they want to see the companies they support actually giving back to the community.

One of the most important ways for a corporation to secure a sense of comfort and trust among its patrons is transparency. Buyers will always ask questions about the products that interest them, and businesses needs to be ready to inform its curious clientele. Especially for companies that serve food, it is imperative to maintain an honest relationship with individuals who support the company with patronage. People want to know what they put in their bodies, and murky evasive attitudes will surely damage integrity. On the other hand, being open about where you source your food will make consumers feel more engaged and trusting of your company.

Appreciating and considering feedback in future business plans also gives businesses an edge. Through customer responses, they reach the individual and the community as a whole by providing unmet needs as best as they can. Many are switching to choose-your-own advertising styles that allow for a consumer to select only the most pertinent messages for their engagement. Feedback can be as simple as directing users down a path of relevance, having them select what to view and what to ignore, or it can be allowing creativity on behalf of the consumer with guestbooks and “tell your story” posts. This enhances the importance of customer-based reviews and fosters better general communication between a company and its patrons, and among the patrons themselves.

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A Breakfast Worth Waking Up For

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We’ve all heard it: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It starts you off with high energy, an alert mind, and a general feeling of well-being. Starting your day on the right side of the bed makes adapting to daily demands much easier and you’ll be thankful you have the fuel to power you through a difficult morning.

But what’s the right thing to have for breakfast? How do put together the right meal? Is there something light enough to not bog us down for the hours after, but substantial enough to keep us energized?

Most experts agree that eliminating simple sugars and instead eating foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates is the way to go. This means no partaking in iconic traditions like pancakes and waffles, and you’ll want to skip that side of bacon with the omelette.

One classic combination that has become a recent trend is a bowl of greek yogurt with fruit and granola. Greek yogurt provides a substantial amount of protein while fruit adds a series of vitamins and minerals that are difficult to find elsewhere. They are also low in fat and do not add any extra cholesterol to your diet. (Certain fruit like avocado mimic the nutritional value of nuts—reputably high in protein, fiber, and good fats—and makes it easy to switch out certain fruits and nuts for others.) With the sheer number of granolas and nuts available on the market and the colorful variety of fruits, it’s easy to form a reliable and healthy habit that never becomes monotonous. Switch up your fruits, switch up your nuts. Just make sure to avoid nuts that are cooked in oils or are otherwise flavored as they often carry unwanted extras like sugars and saturated fat.

Another excellent option for protein is the egg. Eggs are a staple breakfast food ranking as one of the most nutritious foods out there. Authority Nutrition says it better than anyone: “A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken.” Loaded with proteins, fats, and vitamins, the egg is indubitably the most well-rounded single contributor to a healthy breakfast. They also raise good cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The versatility and ease in preparing eggs also makes them one of the more fun foods to eat. Omelettes, for example, open up many options as they can be carriers of meats, vegetables, and cheeses, and healthy fats like avocados.

Breakfast starts every day so try and start your day with positivity. Establishing a good routine doesn’t mean leaning on a boring routine. The variety of fruits and nuts and egg preparations gives you endless options for creative cooking. Enjoy!


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Is Your Love for Coconut Hurting the Environment?

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The process of food cultivation and delivery altogether ranks as one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the craze over coconuts and all that they offer (milk, oils, water, meat) puts a great burden on the environment. From the cultivation, per se, to the transportation and commodification of coconuts a series of hazardous processes challenges the resilience of the planet.

As coconut is increasingly desired, farmers are forced to partake in monocultural farming, or restricting plots of land to growing one solitary crop. As part of this exploit, they use unnatural fertilizers to expedite growth and cut the number of diverse plant species that are indigenous to the biosphere in order to make room for the desired species. This reduces the flourishing diversity of an area, and reduces it to a perfunctory, monotonous farm.

Coconuts are well liked for their versatility. The oils are featured in cosmetics, the water is a favored source of hydration and replenishment, the meat is a tasty snack, and the milk is a culinary favorite and supports alternative diets for which animal products are not eaten. That being said, the wide use is responsible for its impact on the environment. The fruit often comes from foreign regions—tropical American and Asian areas—and its import requires a great deal of transportation. The Food and Agriculture Organization reported that Indonesia and the Philippines are leading producers of coconut (followed by India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil) whereas China, Malaysia, and the United States are among the leading importers.

One thing One Green Planet suggests is buying organic and fair trade certified products. Both ensure that the land was not exposed to unnatural chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The Fair Trade organization sees to it that fruits are grown safely, and that farmers are properly compensated for their labor. It’s a small step, but it’s one that needs to be taken in an age where so much risks environmental harm.

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Asian Aviation Industry Feels Growing Pains

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Over the last decade, the aviation industry in Asia has seen a huge explosion in growth. With dozens of new airline companies cropping up and passenger volume well above that of Europe or North America, Asia has concretely become the fastest-growing and most competitive air travel market in the world. The Asia-Pacific region is responsible for 1.1 billion people flying each year, and that number is projected to skyrocket over the next two decades.

But after years of incredible growth, Asia’s aviation industry is feeling a notable strain. Officials are no closer to finding an answer a year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which is only one of five fatal plane crashes from Asian airlines in the last 12 months. These accidents have highlighted a number of problems with regulatory oversight and safety, a problem which has put potential flyers on edge.

Airplane disasters in Asia are not the only concern. A recent theme of pilot shortages is potentially putting passengers at risk as under-trained pilots take to the skies to handle the recent growth spurt. Meanwhile, deficiencies in airport infrastructure and air traffic control systems were responsible for 27% of airplane accidents from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Of course, the primary worry is that infrastructure and regulations simply cannot keep up with the incredible growth rate Asian airlines have experienced over the last decade. The AirAsia flight famous for its crash in December wasn’t even authorized by authorities, which critics point to as a distinct laxness in oversight.

Even the IATA director general and former Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Tony Tyler agrees. “There is a safety problem here [that] is not going to solve itself,” Tyler said in a speech to Indonesian aviation officials last month.

Meanwhile, the airline industry has given significant pushback, arguing that the 12 airline disasters in 2014 is far below the five-year average of 19. This is true, but it’s hard to explain that to the families of the 939 people killed in those airplane disasters (actually up compared to the 210 the previous year).

Miscommunications also appear to be a big contributor to the disasters.The massive surge in Asian airplane traffic will only continue to rise over the next several years, so communications need to improve quickly. Airlines currently sit at a critical turning point where they must determine the most effective use of their resources to ensure safety standards and improve infrastructure.

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Silver Airways Increases Florida Routes

David (Dave) Pflieger became president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Island Air in October 2014. Previously serving in the same executive leadership roles with Silver Airways, Dave Pflieger has also worked with airlines such as Song and Delta.

Despite its standing as the country’s most comprehensive airline in terms of daily routes between Florida and the Bahamas, Silver Airways continues to expand its offerings to serve the needs of its passengers. In November 2014 alone, the airline increased flights between Florida locations by 40 percent. Dubbed the Sunshine State’s hometown airline, the carrier currently offers more than 560 flights to 10 cities throughout Florida every week, including a number of non-stop options. A route between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville is one of the airline’s newest offerings, while nine inter-airway partnerships allow passengers to travel to locations as remote as Alaska with little difficulty. Having initiated its expansion early in November, Silver Airways is already looking to the future and further expansion.

Silver Airways and Alaska Airlines Join in Silver’s Ninth Partnership

David Pflieger has been in the airlines industry since 1998, having directed and overseen airline operations at several major airlines, including Delta and Virgin America. A veteran of the aviation industry, Dave Pflieger is currently in charge of Silver Airways, Florida’s largest regional airline, which is based in Ft. Lauderdale. Before joining Silver Airways, Dave Pflieger helped launch and direct Fiji’s Air Pacific. Today, Silver Airways is becoming a more prominent travel source, having recently joined with Alaska Airlines as its ninth interline airway partnership.

The contract between the two airlines enables travelers to fly through Alaska Airlines’ own cities, as well as Silver Airways’ in Florida and the Bahamas, opening the doors of destination opportunities wider to travelers with both airlines on both sides of the country. Transfers between the two airlines are made simple with one concise check-in and baggage check. Silver Airways maintains its own website at, but enjoys partnerships with several other airlines as well, including Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines, and US Airways, plus several international partners.

Silver Airways to Begin Jacksonville-Pensacola Service on March 19th

Over the course of his career as an airline executive, David Pflieger has built a reputation as a dedicated, highly capable business leader. Dave Pflieger currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silver Airways, a leading independent airline in Florida with service to destinations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Responding to popular demand, Dave Pflieger and others at Silver Airways recently arranged for nonstop service between Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) in March 2015.

Starting on March 19th, Silver Airways will operate flights between the two cities on weekdays. Travelers leaving from PNS can also board three direct flights from JAX to Fort Lauderdale, giving them highly flexible leisure travel options on a weekly basis. The announcement comes at a time of considerable expansion for Silver Airways, which recently initiated nonstop travel between Charleston, South Carolina, and Central Florida, as well as increased nonstop routes from Florida to the Bahamas.

Silver Airways Adds a Ninth Interline Partner, Alaska Airlines

As Silver Airways president and board member, David (Dave) Pflieger guides a $160 million company that operates nearly 200 flights daily within Florida, as well as to Washington, D.C., the Bahamas, and points beyond. In October 2014, Dave Pflieger and his team announced the addition of new interline partner Alaska Airlines. This represents Silver Airways’ ninth such partnership and compliments existing agreements with carriers such as JetBlue, Bahamasair, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines.

Through the agreement, Silver Airways customers can purchase a single ticket that seamlessly connects with Alaska Airlines’ full range of destinations, which number more than 100 and span Canada, the United States, and Mexico. This partnership offers a distinct advantage in assuring travelers of one-stop baggage check and check-in, when transferring between airlines. Alaska Airlines customers in turn gain connectivity to Silver Airways destinations, such as Key West, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale. Popular Bahamas destinations include the Abacos, North Eleuthera, Great Exuma, and Grand Bahama.

Silver Airways Partners with Alaskan Airlines

Dave Dave Pflieger led Silver Airways as president and chief executive officer during the airline’s first year as an independent provider. Under the guidance of Dave Dave Pflieger, Silver Airways became the go-to airline for interstate flights throughout Florida. David Dave Pflieger recently stepped away from his position at Silver Airways in preparation for his role as president and chief executive officer at Hawaii Island Air.

Having formerly operated as a United Express carrier, Silver Airways has functioned as an independent airline emphasizing flights throughout Florida and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic for more than a year. During this time, Silver Airways has formed partnerships with a number of carriers. Alaska Airlines is the most recent interline partner to join with Silver Airways.

In addition to servicing seven cities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Silver Airways provides U.S. customers with a variety of routes between Florida and the Bahamas. Thanks to the carrier’s newly formed partnership with Alaska Airlines, Silver customers will now have single-ticket access to more than 100 cities in Alaska as well as destinations in the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico while Alaska Airlines customers will enjoy a much larger variety of Florida and Bahamas destinations.