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Pflieger's new role

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FIVE days after Air Pacific announced his decision to leave, David Pflieger is gearing up to sit at the helm of the 14th largest regional carrier in the US, Silver Airways.

According to the US airline's media liaison Steve Bennett, from SBPR Corp Travel and Lifestyle PR, Mr Pflieger is to take up the position of president and chief executive officer at the Florida-based airline beginning May 1 this year, the date his contract with Air Pacific expires.

Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government wished him well.

"Dave will continue to assist with Air Pacific as the company rebrands into Fiji Airways and we wish him well in his future endeavours," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

According to a media statement issued by the company, Mr Pflieger will manage close to 800 employees and 32 aircraft operating 60,000 flights per year.

"Dave brings a unique and proven blend of aviation experience and leadership to Silver Airways.

"He is the right person at the right time for this airline; and it is a tremendous testament to the award-winning work of the men and women of Silver, and the significant progress that we have made thus far, that we were able to attract someone of his caliber," Matthew Ray, chairman of Silver Airways said.

He said Mr Pflieger would fit perfectly into his new role in light of the recent restructuring at Silver Airways which resulted in an upgraded fleet, flights to 22 new destinations, rebranding of the airline, solidifying partnerships with United Airlines and forging a new partnership with Delta Air Lines.

Along with operational improvements, he said Silver Airways had placed a greater emphasis on making significant enhancements to the quality of life of its employees.

"Since emerging as a new company in 2011, we also paid out a company-wide employee bonus.

"Dave's track record in the area of employee engagement will only further accelerate our commitment to be an employer of choice. By any standard, what the Silver Airways team has accomplished in such a short time is impressive, and it is an honour to offer my congratulations for their well-deserved recognition of being named by ATW as 'The Regional Airline of the Year.'

Mr Pflieger in the statement said: "I greatly appreciate the board's confidence in selecting me to be their chief executive officer, and I look forward to joining and leading Silver's tremendous team of professionals."

During his three-year tenure with Air Pacific, Mr Pflieger was lauded for implementing the company's first-ever profit sharing and quarterly performance incentive plans for front-line employees.

Silver Airways headquarters is situated at Fort Lauderdale in Florida and operates a fleet comprised of 21 Saab 340BPlus and 11 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.