About Dave Pflieger
After his success leading sustainability efforts and Green Teams at Virgin America, Dave Pflieger brought that same enthusiasm, focus, and drive to establish corporate social responsibility to Air Pacific (later Fiji Airways) down in the South Pacific’s Fiji Islands. When making the decision about what Fiji’s national airline could best do to help and improve local communities and the nation, Dave Pflieger and his team decided the future of Fiji’s children – the country’s “next generation” was too important to ignore. It was for that reason that Dave Pflieger and his new colleagues at Air Pacific (later Fiji Airways) decided to help make a difference by helping underprivileged children obtain scholarships so they could afford tuition and books in primary schools – since those things were not free in Fiji. It was for that reason that Dave Pflieger and his team raised money and used money donated by passengers through the “Cash for Kids” and the Company’s “Wings of Hope” program to partner with FRIEND (Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development) to make an initial $30,000 donation (and later another $100,000 donation) help underprivileged children in the Western Province of Fiji receive a public education by establishing scholarships to help young people affected by poverty and flooding in Fiji receive an education.
“As Fiji’s national airline, we view it as one of our responsibilities to assist local communities – especially in their time of need following the recent floods in Western and Northern Fiji,” said Air Pacific (later Fiji Airways) Managing Director and CEO Dave Pflieger. “It is an honor and a privilege for the employees of Fiji Airways to provide this funding to FRIEND. FRIEND is an outstanding charity organization that does superb work supporting Fijian children. They are highly deserving of our support, and we want to applaud them for their efforts in assisting children who live in communities that suffered as a result of the recent flooding.”
FRIEND is a wonderful origination that is headquartered in Lautoka, Fiji. They are the primary organization that fights poverty in Fiji. They have helped over 10,000 poor Fiji citizens, mostly women and children. They envision a country where the poor citizens have broken the generational chain of poverty and lead lives filled with respect and dignity. Their primary goals are to help more in marginalized and undeserved communities,
give access to resources, information, and opportunities among the poor, and measure who is being reached to ensure they are moving out of poverty over time.
“It is great that the National airline, Air Pacific (later Fiji Airways) and its Wings of Hope program have stepped forward in these difficult times to support the flood affected children”, said Ms. Sashi Kiran, FRIEND Founder and Director. “We have had a scholarship program for children in need from some of the poorest communities in the country for some time, but the need this year is greater than ever because so many communities were flooded, children lost their books, and parents’ livelihoods were affected. As a result, this kind donation will allow us to work with affected communities, parents, and schools, to continue the critical education of those children most in need by providing school fees, books or stationery.”
Dave Pflieger is currently the airline advisor at World Bank Group.