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 airline industry, and has held a number of executive roles at leading airlines including Delta, Virgin America, and Fiji Airways.  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


Author: David Pflieger

David Pflieger is working as the CEO of Ravn Alaska. David received his pilot training in the United States Air Force, and has since held multiple positions with different airlines, for over 20 years!

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