Silver Airways Names Dave Pflieger President & CEO

Effective May 1, 2013. Pflieger, who also will join the company's board of directors, will succeed Darrell Richardson who recently retired.


A pilot, business executive, and attorney, Pflieger brings a unique blend of more than 27 years of experience in the aviation and airline industry. Most recently at the helm of Air Pacific, Pflieger led the complete restructuring, re-branding and ultimate financial turnaround of Fiji’s national carrier, taking the airline from record losses and turning it into a successful and growing airline generating almost $400 million dollars in revenue per year.

During his highly energetic tenure in Fiji, Air Pacific and its employees benefited from many “firsts,” including taking the airline from the worst losses in its history to a profit in just two years; the replacement of B747 and B767 aircraft with new wide-body Airbus A330s valued at over $600 million, the establishment of a profit sharing and quarterly incentive program for front-line employees, the introduction of a comprehensive social responsibility program, and recognition by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the “World’s Top 5 Small Airlines” two years in a row.

“As an industry veteran who has top-notch operational and customer service experience, an accomplished management track record from his time with some of the world’s best airlines, and an ability to create and maintain an employee-focused culture that will enhance and foster the many talents of our team at Silver – Dave possesses all of the right skills to keep our partners and customers satisfied in an effort to strengthen and grow Silver Airways,” said Ray.

About Dave Pflieger

As President and CEO of Silver Airways, Dave Pflieger will be responsible for the management and oversight of Silver Airways’ almost 800 employees and 32 aircraft operating over 60,000 flights per year to destinations in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and the Bahamas. Pflieger who will be joining the airline’s Board of Directors, has more than 27 years of experience in the aviation and airline industry as a business executive, attorney, and pilot.

Pflieger, who until May 1, 2013 will remain CEO and Managing Director of Air Pacific, Fiji’s national carrier, will begin the transition of his management duties effective immediately. During his tenure at Air Pacific, Pflieger led the dramatic and highly successful restructuring, rebranding and revitalization of the country’s airline, turning it from a struggling carrier that had suffered several years of losses, including a $51 million loss the year before he arrived, to an airline that just two years later earned a $9 million profit and twice won recognition from Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “World’s Top 5 Small Airlines.” He also implemented the Company’s first-ever profit sharing and quarterly performance incentive plans for front-line employees. While in Fiji, Pflieger also served as Chairman of Tourism Fiji, Fiji’s National Tourism Board.

Before Air Pacific, he was a Senior Vice President, founding officer, and a member of the start-up team that created and ran Virgin America from 2004 until 2010. Prior to Virgin America, Pflieger was the Vice President of Operations at Song (Delta Air Lines' low-cost carrier). Before being recruited to join Song, he served as Delta Air Lines’ Director of Flight Safety, and prior to that he was Delta’s Operations Attorney.

While in his various roles at Delta and Virgin America, Pflieger also flew as a B767, B757, B737 and A320 pilot.

Dave joined Delta from the prestigious law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia, and before becoming an attorney, he was a B-52 instructor pilot, C-130 Aircraft Commander, and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force. Pflieger has a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and he earned a law degree (with distinction) and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety Program. He and his family will reside in Fort Lauderdale.

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