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Air Pacific CEO David Pflieger leads Fiji's national carrier with the same energy, motivation, and focus that are reflected in his 25-year career in business, aviation, and law. Mr. Pflieger completed his Bachelor of Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he was one of five midshipmen selected to cross-commission into the United States Air Force. From pilot training, David Pflieger went on to command a number of B-52 crews, and he oversaw the successful consolidation of two military units into a single B-52 flying squadron. In 1997, David Pflieger earned an MBA and a Juris Doctor (with distinction) from Emory University and began working at the Atlanta, Georgia-based law firm King & Spalding, before he was recruited to join the Law Department of Delta Air Lines. David Pflieger was later promoted to the position of Director of Flight Safety at Delta Air Lines in 2001, where he made sweeping changes, restructured the Flight Safety Department, and led the company to one of its safest years on record. As Vice President of Operations at Delta's low-cost carrier Song from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Pflieger played a key role in the senior management team that launched this wholly owned subsidiary, and he spearheaded all matters related to operations, maintenance, and safety and regulatory compliance. David Pflieger was also instrumental in the launch and rapid growth of Virgin America, where he served as Vice President of Operations Control and later as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs. Since May 2010, David Pflieger has led Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, as Managing Director and CEO. Mr. Pflieger was responsible for a major turnaround in the Fiji-based company and its subsidiary Pacific Sun, and successfully reduced operating losses from F$91 million ($45m USD) to F$3 million in less than a year's time. He also dramatically improved operational performance, aircraft productivity, and customer satisfaction for the airline by implementing a number of key on-time initiatives and by creating a dedicated Guest Service Department.