Dave Pflieger, President & CEO, Ravn Alaska
Dave Pflieger has over 30 years of experience in the aviation and airline industry as a CEO/President, Board member, operations executive, General Counsel, pilot, and safety professional at six different airlines.
Since 2010, Dave has served as the President & CEO of three different carriers where he led highly successful turnarounds, recapitalizations, and growth initiatives:
- Hawaii Island Air in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was a direct report to the airline’s sole shareholder, Mr. Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle). Dave successfully restructured and turned around Hawaii’s 2nd largest airline before he oversaw its sale in late 2015 to Hawaii’s largest venture capital firm.
- Silver Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (the largest regional airline in Florida/Bahamas) which Dave recapitalized after turning it around and transforming it into an award-winning airline partner to United Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
- Fiji Airways where he led the highly successful and acclaimed restructuring, re-fleeting, re-branding, and turn-around of Fiji’s national carrier. Dave took the airline from consecutive years of increasing losses to record profitability in just three years – the airline has continued this trend since he was recruited to lead another airline. While in Fiji, Dave was also the Chairman of Tourism Fiji, Fiji’s National Tourism Board.
Before Fiji Airways, Dave Pflieger was a founding officer, Senior Vice President, and a member of the start-up team that created, launched, and grew Virgin America into an award-winning low cost carrier based in San Francisco. Prior to Virgin America, Dave was the Vice President of Operations at Song (Delta Air Lines’ low-cost carrier) as well as Delta’s Director of Flight Safety and its Operations Attorney. In his various roles at Delta and Virgin America, Dave also flew the line as a B767, B757, B737 and A320 pilot.
Dave Pflieger joined Delta from the prestigious law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. Before becoming an attorney, he was a B-52 instructor pilot and C-130 Aircraft Commander in the U.S. Air Force. Dave 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. Dave is also a graduate of the renowned University of Southern California Aviation Safety Program.
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