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WestJet announces Elvis is alive

Airline discovers the King roaming Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

CALGARY, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that Elvis had been found boarding WestJet's inaugural flight between Ottawa and Las Vegas. Accompanied by two showgirls, the King of Rock 'n' Roll could be seen posing for photos with WestJet guests.

"WestJet is so pleased to offer seasonal non-stop service between Ottawa and Las Vegas," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. "Guests choose to vacation in Las Vegas because they're looking to have fun. With fun, friendly and caring values at the core of WestJet's brand, we're excited to welcome guests looking to start a great vacation from the time they board our aircraft."

"This is such an important and fun day for us," said Michael Crockatt, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing for the Ottawa International Airport Authority, "Las Vegas has been one of the most requested routes by Ottawa-Gatineau travellers. Thanks to WestJet, we can now say we have it."

WestJet will fly between Ottawa and Las Vegas twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. The schedule details of WestJet's new service from December 9, 2010 to April 28, 2011 are as follows:

    Ottawa - Las Vegas (twice a week until April 28, 2011)
    Flight                      Departure      Arrival
    From Ottawa (WS 1250)       4:45 p.m.      7:04 p.m.
    From Las Vegas (WS 1251)    4:15 p.m.      11:56 p.m.

One-way fares, available in both directions on non-stop flights only, are available from $139 plus applicable taxes and fees. Fares are available by calling WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538), your preferred travel agent or by visiting

WestJet Vacations offers customized vacation packages for most of WestJet's scheduled destinations, including packages to Las Vegas starting at $509 plus applicable fees and taxes, for air and four nights accommodation. WestJet Vacations is also offering packages to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Located between the Bellagio and City Centre, the Strip's newest property features 2,995 rooms, premier restaurants and nightclubs, boutique shopping, a full-service spa and a 100,000-square-foot casino. For more information, call one of our WestJet Vacations experience specialists at 1-877-737-7001 or your preferred travel agent, or visit

WestJet flies non-stop from Ottawa to some of the most beautiful sun destinations, including Cancun, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Punta Cana. As part of its 2010-2011 winter schedule, WestJet also added non-stop service from Ottawa to Halifax and Vancouver.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, 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 91 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 44 aircraft through 2017, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

About WestJet Vacations

Launched in 2006, WestJet Vacations provides guests with a wide selection of vacation packages to popular vacation destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's friendly employees, extensive network and solid value proposition, WestJet Vacations offers guests a fun, friendly and caring vacation experience.

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