The Return of the Airship?

Dave Pflieger - The Return of the Airship-

When you think of modern day aviation, you probably picture an airplane, right? And although they are the dominant form of air travel today, they weren’t always so popular. The main method of aviation before the dawn of the airplane was the dirigible airship. You may know these better as blimps. While there are different kinds of dirigibles, one of the most popular forms was the blimp. Dirigibles became incredibly popular during World War I and are infamous for the Hindenburg disaster. The popular rock band Led Zeppelin is named after an airship.

 

And while they have been out of the spotlight for quite some time, they could be making a comeback.

 

A British aviation company, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), is looking to infuse the travel industry with a dose of nostalgia. The company has recently struck a deal with travel company Henry Cookson Adventures in order to feature its new, 21st Century aircraft in tours.

 

The tours will take the aircraft on long expeditions across the world. The first two destinations for the tour include North America and the Middle East. On the way to North America, tourists will be able to see the Atlantic Ocean, while Middle East-bound travelers will get a breathtaking view of the Alps.

 

The Airlander, HAV’s main aircraft, is currently undergoing strict testing programs designed specifically to ensure safety and airworthiness. The company’s prototype made its first flight sometime in May. The commercial, passenger aircraft is designed to fly at 80 knots, carry 10 tons and reach a 20,000ft maximum.

 

The Airlander’s design draws inspiration from classic airplanes, helicopters and other aircrafts in order to achieve the ultimate aircraft design. The true beauty of the aircraft’s design is its sustainability. The Airlander’s design allows for vertical takeoff and creates little to no pollution; the aircraft is also inexpensive to operate and can be flown for several weeks at a time; in short, it is the ultimate aircraft.

 

I’m incredibly excited to see the real world applications that HAV’s masterpiece can be used for. Who knows, maybe one day we will all be traveling by an HAV 21st century aircraft.

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The Mamanuca Environmental Society – Protecting Fiji’s Environment

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Mamanuca Environmental Society
Image: mesfiji.org

With more than 20 years of experience in the aviation sector, David (Dave) Pflieger has held leadership positions for such companies as Island Air and Virgin America. He led the latter company to become the first airline to report its greenhouse gas measures in The Climate Registry. Having also served as managing director and CEO of Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways), David Pflieger has long demonstrated a commitment to corporate responsibility, as evidenced by his participation in the Mamanuca Environment Society.

Founded in 2001, the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) aims to protect the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. The society was born out of the concern of members of the Mamanuca Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association (MFIHTA) about the need to protect and improve the islands’ marine and terrestrial environments.

The society receives financial support through MFIHTA membership contributions and outside monetary donations. With this assistance, the MES engages both local and commercial stakeholders in educational initiatives about protecting the environment. The society also carries out a number of hands-on projects to monitor and protect the islands, including reef check surveys, water quality monitoring, and liquid waste management.

To learn more about the MES, visit MESFiji.org.

Air Pacific’s Return to Fiji Airways

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Fiji Airways
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With extensive experience as a senior executive, pilot, and attorney at airlines that include Delta, Song, Virgin America, and Silver Airways, David (Dave) Pflieger most recently served as CEO, president, and board member of Larry Ellison’s airline–Hawaii Island Air.

Prior to that, however, David Pflieger’s biggest accomplishment was the turnaround and rebranding of Air Pacific, which Dave renamed to Fiji Airways. The airline was rebranded to Air Pacific in 1970 in order to promote its South Pacific Island joint nation ownership. Unfortunately, a dated fleet, increasing losses, and intense competition to Fiji from Australian and New Zealand low cost carriers Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand, who were offering cheaper flights to tourists in 2008 and 2009, caused the airline, which is majority owned by Fiji’s government, to take a major hit. The airline’s heavy reliance on the Australian and New Zealand tourist market created a perfect storm that made conditions at the struggling airline so dire that by 2010, Air Pacific reported the worst losses in its history and was almost broke.

Despite those challenges, Dave Pflieger and his new management team, led the company through a major restructuring that included cost cutting, revenue improvement, and much improved customer service – all of which combined to allow Air Pacific to bounce back into the black by 2012 – just two years later. That task complete, the airline was then renamed Fiji Airways, and it expanded its reach to US tourists, as well as those from China with its brand new fleet of Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 jets. Since 2013, with a unique new livery/paint scheme on its new planes, the company has continued to grow and achieve ever increasing record profits with an expanding fleet of new planes and more flights to Australia, New Zealand, the US, China, Singapore, and beyond.

Travel Tips for Summer

Summer is officially here! And as the days get longer, the nights get warmer and the beaches get packed with sunbathers, it is only natural that humans want to explore the world. And in order to explore the world, we utilize one of the greatest inventions in recent history: the airplane. Unfortunately, millions of other humans want to travel, and that can create some headaches. With that being said, I figured I could list a few helpful tips for traveling this summer, whether you are flying to another state or another country.

 

Pack Light

One of the biggest mistakes any person can make while traveling is to pack too much. People like to pack their clothing, their toiletries, electronics, reading material, and so on. And while those things are important, what I am focusing on here is to ensure that you pack the bare necessities. Bring only the exact number of clothes that you know you will need. Do not bring your laptop, tablet, smartphone, speakers and headphones. Only bring what you actually need and what you know you will use. By keeping your number of items as small as possible, you are cutting down on check-in fees for luggage and the amount of stuff you have to carry around with you.

 

Dress Comfortably

If you are flying first-class then you can probably ignore this tip, but if you are flying economy you are well aware of the fact that comfort on an airplane is as realistic as a unicorn. That is why it is important to make the best of an uncomfortable situation. Wear loose clothing that allows your body to breathe (like sweatpants and a hoodie), wear shoes that can be easily taken off and put back on, and throw on a baseball cap in order to avoid doing your hair. Essentially, wear whatever you need to in order to sleep easier.

 

Stay Hydrated

This one may not even be on your mind while flying, but it is always great to stay hydrated on a flight. Dehydration on a flight, especially a long one, is never good. Experts recommend that you drink enough water so that you are forced to use the lavatory every so often. This not only keeps your body hydrated, but also keeps your body moving, so that you do not run the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

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