PenAir to Become Subsidiary of Ravn Air Group

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A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Emory University School of Law, David “Dave” Pflieger has held executive positions with airlines such as Virgin America, Delta Air Lines, Fiji Airways, and Silver Airways.

Since 2017, David Pflieger has led Ravn Air Group, one of the leading regional air transportation companies in Alaska. Recently, the owner of Ravn Air Group, J.F. Lehman & Company, received approval to purchase the assets of PenAir, an Alaskan airline.

In October 2018, the sale was approved by the court that is handling PenAir’s bankruptcy proceedings. PenAir filed for bankruptcy protection in the previous year.

At a bankruptcy auction, J.F. Lehman & Company made the winning bid to purchase PenAir’s assets for $12.3 million. PenAir will become a subsidiary of Ravn Air Group, where it will continue to operate as a separate company with a separate operating certificate.

In order for the deal to become final, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation must approve the purchase. The transaction is great news for PenAir, local communities, and residents of Alaska, as it will save thousands of direct and indirect jobs, ensure vital service to communities served by each carrier, and it will allow seamless travel and expanded service throughout the State.

Ravn Air employs approximately 1,000 workers, operates 400 flights per day, and has partnerships with major international airlines such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

PenAir, which was founded by Orin Seybert in Bristol Bay in 1955, has established itself as one of the leading air transportation companies in Alaska over the past six decades. In addition to serving six cities across the southwest part of the state and down the Aleutian Islands, the company is known for its safety record, its strong relationship with the Seafood industry, and as the first regional airline in Alaska to receive certification from the FAA for its Safety Management System (SMS).

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Ravn Air Announces 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend Sale

 

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US Air Force veteran and former B52 pilot David “Dave” Pflieger possesses more than three decades of experience in the aviation sector. As a CEO and senior executive at six different airlines, David Pflieger now serves as President and CEO of Ravn Air Group, Alaska’s largest regional local air carrier, based in Anchorage, Alaska.

On September 22, 2018, Ravn Air launched its 2018 permanent fund dividend sale. For the second year in a row, the annual promotion offered discounts for Alaska residents flying to local destinations served by Ravn Air from mid-October to mid-May.

This year, the sale presented Alaskans with an opportunity to save on flights for business — as well as family-related travel occurring from October 10, 2018; during the end-of-year holidays; and until May 14, 2019. Alaska residents also saved even more as Ravn FlyAway Rewards members. Rewards members received a unique, one-time 25 percent off code for travel between destinations served by Ravn Alaska.

Dave Pflieger Featured In IdeaMensch

Dave Pflieger was recently featured in IdeaMensch.

Dave Pflieger, CEO of Ravn Alaska and entrepreneur, was recently featured in IdeaMensch. The website is well-known for its interviews with successful entrepreneurs. These interviews look to share wisdom and insight to future entrepreneurs.

Here is an excerpt:

Where did the idea for Virgin America come from?
The idea for Virgin America originated from the world-famous British billionaire, Richard Branson, who wanted to introduce his “Virgin” brand to the United States marketplace. Branson wanted a new, low-cost, high-frills airline in the United States.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical day in both startups and turnarounds is pretty much like a firefighter parachuting into a forest fire and putting out fires; as I like to tell my team, it’s both a sprint and a marathon to either start a company or turn one around. Firstly, you have to put together a great team; secondly, you have to focus on the basics of whatever your business is all about; thirdly, you have to focus on the harder stuff (infrastructure, longer term stuff). The challenging part is that you have to do this all simultaneously, and you have to do them well.

To read the entire interview with Dave Pflieger, click the link!

Boeing Has Recently Been Hacked

David Pflieger sheds some light on the recent Boeing hack.

The popular airline manufacturer Boeing has recently been hacked with malware that took out some of its automated manufacturing tools. The infected units are said to have been exclusive to plants in North Charleston, South Carolina. The tools were used as part of an assembly line that produces both a 787 Dreamliner model as well as a wing manufacturing assembly line. Here is a basic overview of the situation.

What Is Malware?

Malware is, in essence, malicious software. The sole function of malware is to infect a program and cause harm. Malware has no beneficial purposes and is designed by those who have a variety of ill intents. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Infecting Computers With Viruses
  • Installing Spyware
  • Installing Ransomware
  • Worms

All of these malware types can potentially damage a computer beyond repair. The motives of malware creators vary but usually involve seeking money in return for removing the malware.

What Is Being Done To Stop Future Attacks?

Boeing has stated that their cyber security team is ever vigilant about the possibility of cyber attacks. The team was able to quickly spot the intrusion and disable it before it was allowed to infect other areas of the business. Thousands of other expanding businesses are also beefing up their cyber security divisions to better protect all types of sensitive information.

Are These Hacks Becoming More Common?

Unfortunately, as technology improves, so does the technology at the disposal of cyber criminals. The number of malware attacks each year is on the rise. In fact, over 9 billion recorded malware attacks occurred on businesses and private citizens in 2017 alone. As these types of attacks continue, the defense against them will have to improve as well.

Businesses all over the world are facing hacking attempts each and every day. These companies will have to be more diligent about either hiring employees or outsourcing other businesses to better protect their own information as well as the sensitive information of consumers.