In 2010, David Pflieger assumed the role of Managing Director and CEO of Air Pacific, the national carrier of Fiji.
Within a year of his arrival, David Pflieger and his new team had turned the company around, reversing two consecutive years of significant losses and producing a year-end net profit of $24 million.
Prior to joining Air Pacific, David Pflieger spent six years as part of the start-up executive team at Virgin America in San Francisco.
As a Vice President and, later, a Senior Vice President, Mr. Pflieger created and oversaw the plan to launch the airline. He also led the highly contested, but ultimately successful, certification of the new low-cost airline by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
As Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, David Pflieger advised the CEO and the board of directors on a wide variety of commercial and corporate matters, including complex shareholder, vendor, and government negotiations and agreements. In addition, Mr. Pflieger played a key role in Virgin America’s growth to an award-winning company.
Delta Airlines and Song LLC
Before joining Virgin America, David Pflieger served as Vice President of Operations of Song, LLC, Delta Air Lines’ low-cost subsidiary. At Song, Mr. Pflieger’s efforts with front-line managers and employees contributed to the airline’s eventual recognition as one of the top five U.S. airlines by Travel & Leisure magazine. Mr. Pflieger’s career with Delta included work both as a B737 pilot and as the company’s Operations Attorney. In his initial executive role at Delta, as Director of Flight Safety, David Pflieger restructured the Flight Safety Department and helped lead the airline to one of its safest years of operations.
US Naval Academy
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, David Pflieger was one of five midshipmen chosen from his class of 1,049 to be cross-commissioned to the U.S. Air Force. While serving as one of Strategic Air Command’s youngest nuclear B-52 aircraft commanders, he led various crews to win a number of Best B-52 Crew awards. David Pflieger also won an Air Force Commendation Medal for saving a B-52 and its crew.