Dave Pflieger – Virgin America’s Carbon Emissions

As a Senior Executive with Virgin America for a number of years, Dave Pflieger was passionate about making sure the airline was a good corporate citizen.  His leadership helped lead the US operations of Virgin’s aviation division do well by doing good.  Here are a few highlights taken from the 2010 Virgin Groups Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report.

  • First carrier to call for global legislation on CO2 emissions from airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to fly on renewable fuels.
  • Virgin America was the first commercial passenger airline to join the US EPS’s Climate Leaders program.
  • Virgin America was the first US airline to document its carbon footprint according to the internationally accepted standards on the Climate Registry.
  • Virgin America operates a fleet that is up to 25% more fuel efficient than other fleets in the US (as of 2010).
  • Virgin America offsets their carbon use with carbonfund.org.

As Dave Pflieger gets settled into his job as the CEO of Island Air, he will continue to make helping the environment a priority for the airline.

Island Air and Special Olympics Hawaii

Island Air is a proud partner with the Special Olympics of Hawaii.  In November, the Special Olympics has their November Holiday Classic. The Special Olypmics of Hawaii welcomed over 1,000 athletes and coaches from throughout Hawaii to participate in the Holiday Classic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and MCBH, Kaneohe Bay. Typically, athletes train for their events from September – November and compete in area and regional competitions in October and November in preparation for the Holiday Classic. The event includes a  2 day Basketball tournament, Singles and Team Bowling competitions, and traditional and Doubles Bocce tournaments.