MEDIA RELEASE – STATEMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR CIVIL AVIATION, AIYAZ SAYED- KHAIYUM, ON THE DEPATURE OF AIR PACIFIC CEO DAVE PFLIEGER

CAPTION: Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at Nadi Aiport today. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

Dave Pflieger produced a paradigm shift at Air Pacific and transformed its fortunes. When he came to Fiji, the airline was in crisis and facing extreme financial difficulties. With skill, determination and his experience, he turned it around and made it profitable. He also built the much needed team spirit with all the Air Pacific personnel that turned it into a highly effective team.

Dave has presided over the rebranding of Air Pacific to Fiji Airways and the modernisation of its fleet with the purchase of three new Airbus A330s. He also introduced new systems and technology, including a new reservations system, forged an important code share arrangement with American Airlines and instituted a profit- sharing scheme for the airline’s staff.

As Air Pacific becomes Fiji Airways in June, there are exciting times ahead and much of that is due to Dave’s hard work. On behalf of the Bainimarama Government, I want to thank him for his service to the airline and to Fiji and wish him all the best.

We are very pleased that Dave is not leaving altogether. He intends to continue to support us to make Fiji Airways the pride of every Fijian.

MINFO