In November 2017, Ravn Alaska CEO David “Dave” Pflieger honored active-duty military members and their families with a special $50 round-trip sale on the airline in honor of Veterans Day. Under the leadership of David Pflieger, Ravn Alaska now offers passenger, charter, and cargo service on 77 aircraft flying over 400 flights per day to more than 100 communities throughout Alaska as well as charter flights to the contiguous United States and Canada.
The special Veterans Day 2017 sale included weekend travel between Anchorage and several Alaska destinations, including Homer, Kodiak, Fairbanks, and Valdez. According to Pflieger, the airline planned the event as a way to thank all active-duty personnel based in Alaska. As an Air Force veteran himself and longtime employer of veterans, Pflieger called it a “privilege” to share more of the state of Alaska with those who are serving their nation. The special sale made it possible for Alaska-based military personnel to see some great attractions, from the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks to the many cultural museums in Kodiak.
David Pflieger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a B-52 Instructor Pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Pflieger also flew C-130s in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.
David “Dave” Pflieger brings more than two decades of experience in the aviation industry to his position as president and CEO of Ravn Air Group in Alaska. Beyond his professional responsibilities, David Pflieger supports community nonprofits such as the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES), which, through the Water Analysis Project, monitors environmental changes due to pollutants.
Water quality is a significant issue in the Mamanuca area, with pollutants entering the region’s coastal zone through an assortment of avenues. Nearly all economic sectors produce pollutants, complicating scientists’ ability to identify cause-and-effect relationships and develop strategies to mitigate environmental damage.
Pollution of the Mamanuca Islands adversely impacts the region’s costal health. Interest in preserving the area’s marine and coastal ecosystems has increased, in part due to growing concern about the decline of coral reefs. Researchers suspect a combination of factors may contribute, such as freshwater discharge, sewage inputs, overfishing, and trampling of coral by humans.
The Water Analysis Project monitors environmental changes and works to identify pollutant sources with the intention of creating effective solutions.
David “Dave” Pflieger is an airline executive with a history of successful turnarounds and restructuring campaigns. Outside of his professional pursuits, David Pflieger enjoys golfing.
In the game of golf, hitting a fairway wood requires a great deal of patience and control. Players often attempt to sweep the ball up off the fairway, resulting in poor contact between the ball and club. Most teachers recommend positioning the ball slightly forward of your stance, allowing you to hit down on the ball. When the fairway wood bottoms out at the right position, the natural loft of the club will lift it off the ground as intended.
Just like driving off of a tee, hitting a fairway wood requires a smooth swing to avoid losing control of the club. While it may seem like you need to hack away at the ball to achieve the proper loft, this extra strength can actually result in more mishits. With enough practice, you will learn how fast you can swing the fairway wood without losing control.
As President & CEO of Ravn Air Group in Alaska, David “Dave” Pflieger has held executive positions at seven different airlines including Delta Air Lines, Song, Virgin America, Fiji Airways, Silver Airways, and Larry Ellison’s Hawaii Island Air.
During his tenure at Virgin America, David Pflieger led the company to become the first airline in the U.S. to register its greenhouse gas emissions. More specifically, Virgin America was the first airline in the country to report its third-party verified carbon footprint in accordance with the globally accepted standards of The Climate Registry in 2008. The greenhouse gas emissions reported represented the environmental emissions from the entire Virgin America organization, including flight, ground, and corporate operations. The data was gathered with the help of the EPA to identify the sources of emissions, devise ways to reduce emissions, and track progress.
This practice of reporting greenhouse gas emissions helped the airline track and significantly reduce its greenhouse gas footprint. Notably, in its first year of reporting, Virgin America’s organization-wide carbon emissions per 1,000 seat miles were 166.24 metric tons.
Six years later in 2014, the organizations’ carbon emissions per 1,000 seat miles were down to 133.80 metric tons.
In addition, once the company realized that older fleets were neither fuel efficient nor good for the environment — due to high carbon emissions— it made a huge investment in new aircraft and a younger fleet.
As a result of that decision, Virgin now has one of the country’s youngest fleets, which consumes, on average, 15 percent less fuel and has 15% lower GHGs than other domestic U.S. fleets.