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WestJet named one of Aon Hewitt's Best Employers in Canada

Airline ranked third in the annual national study of the best places to work

CALGARY, Oct. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that it has placed third in Aon Hewitt's Best Employers in Canada study, up three spots from last year, and is the only airline to make the list. Conducted annually, this important study rates the 50 best employers in Canada through surveys conducted by Aon Hewitt of more than 100,000 employees across Canada.

"To be recognized as one of Canada's best places to work, and for having some of the most engaged employees in the country, is particularly meaningful to us because this honour is reflective of WestJet's collective attitude and commitment," said Ferio Pugliese, WestJet's Executive Vice-President, People Relations and Culture. "Our employees - WestJetters - have told us how they feel about working here, and we're very proud of the work they do each day to show that we're not just another airline. We owe this prestigious recognition to WestJetters' commitment and contributions; after all, we are a success because of them."

WestJet's non-union employee association, PACT (Proactive Communication Team), supports a great employee experience by collaborating with both WestJetters and WestJet leadership. "Having open conversations about what's important to both the success of WestJetters and our airline will continue to be a strong focus for us, and is certainly one of the many reasons we're very proud to named one of Canada's best employers," said Captain Don Hougan, Chair of PACT, and a member of WestJet's Board of Directors.

"WestJet's culture is based on care, and that's evident in the way WestJetters enthusiastically go above and beyond to take care of each other and our guests," continued Ferio Pugliese. "Our goal is to remain a top-ten employer, and we'll continue to listen to WestJetters and work with them to create an environment and employment experience they want to be a part of."

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. 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 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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