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MEDIA ADVISORY: Media invited to celebrate WestJet's 20th birthday

CALGARY, Feb. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - WestJet invites media to celebrate the airline's 20th birthday on Monday, February 29, with photo and interview opportunities at the WestJet campus. WestJet President and CEO, Gregg Saretsky and the Honourable Marc Garneau, federal Transport Minister, will join WestJetters for a special birthday ceremony, speeches and cake cutting.


February 29, 2016


Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO

The Honourable Marc Garneau, federal Transport Minister


Interview opportunities and photos including cake cutting

500 WestJetters in attendance, speeches and uniform fashion show


22 Aerial Place NE, Calgary

Please report to the WestJet welcome desk in the lobby of the Fred Ring (main campus office) building


*please note that the minister's time is TBC*:

  • 3:30 p.m. Media arrive and set up
  • 3:45 p.m. Gregg Saretsky interview opportunity
  • 4:00 p.m. Minister Garneau arrival and greeting by Gregg Saretsky
  • 4:05 p.m. 
    • Speeches
    • Cake cutting
    • Video messages from local and federal politicians
  • 4:25 p.m. Minister Garneau and Gregg Saretsky to hand out cupcakes
  • 4:25-4:45 p.m. Potential time for Minister's media availability

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit  

Recent recognition includes:
2015/2011/2008-2005 Canada's 10 Most-Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital) 2015/2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2015/2014/2013/2012 Top three brands in Canada (Canadian Business magazine)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in the Canada's Choice ranking (
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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