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WestJet's up! magazine wins National Magazine Award
Canada NewsWire

CALGARY, June 9 /CNW/ - up! magazine, the in-flight publication for WestJet Airlines produced by RedPoint Media Group on a contract basis, won Gold at the National Magazine Awards on Friday.

Writer Chris Koentges's "L.A. Torn Mad with Footsteps," a story which appeared in the November 2008 issue, won the One-of-a-Kind category. Two other RedPoint publications also received a total of three honourable mentions, with two of these going to Avenue magazine for "Urban Brawl" by Craig Davidson in the Sports & Recreation category, which appeared in the November 2008 issue, and for "The Pour" wine column's "Born in the U.S.A." illustration by Karen Klassen in the Spot Illustration category, which appeared in the April 2008 issue. RedPoint Media's CalgaryInc magazine also won an honourable mention in the Best Single Issue category for September 2008's "Top 40 Under 40" issue.

"After four consecutive years of being nominated for Canada's top magazine awards, it feels great for everyone at up! magazine, WestJet Airlines, and RedPoint Media to win gold," said Tom Gierasimczuk, up! magazine editor and RedPoint editorial director. "Chris Koentges is one of the country's best young writers and we at up! magazine are honoured to share his unique storytelling with WestJet guests."

WestJet's communications manager commented, "We were thrilled to find out that up! won gold in the One-of-a-Kind category. We strive to be a one-of-a-kind airline everyday. Through award-winning stories like this, we hope to continue entertaining our guests with fresh perspectives on our destinations."

About Redpoint Media Group

RedPoint Media Group Inc., one of Western Canada's largest magazine publishers, produces 13 consumer and corporate titles. In addition to producing such well-known and award-winning titles as WestJet's up!, and Avenue in both Calgary and Edmonton, RedPoint also publishes Wine Access magazine and is the official magazine publisher for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberta Ballet, and Calgary Opera.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, providing high-value low-cost service throughout its 55-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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    RedPoint Media Group Inc.
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