Air Pacific has announced its Managing Director and CEO, David Pflieger, will be stepping down from his position following the completion of his three-year contract in May to return home to the United States.

Air Pacific’s Chair, Nalin Patel, said the Board will now immediately commence the recruitment process for Mr Pflieger’s replacement.

“Given the exceptional results Dave has delivered, it is with immense gratitude for his extraordinary service that we have reluctantly accepted his decision to relinquish the helm of Air Pacific and return home,” Mr Patel said.

“ At a time when many of the world’s other airlines were struggling, Dave skillfully guided Air Pacific through one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the airline industry. Thanks to his incredible vision, drive, and leadership, Air Pacific is now again profitable and extremely well-positioned for future growth and success,” said Mr. Patel.

At the Board’s request, Mr. Pflieger, a business executive, attorney, and pilot with almost three decades of aviation experience, will assist with the selection and transition of a new chief executive and help ensure a smooth and successful introduction of the airline’s new aircraft and ‘Fiji Airways’ rebranding.