WestJet welcomes its WestJetters "home"

WestJet Pro-active Communications Team Chairman, Don Hougan, WestJet Board of Directors Chairman, Clive Beddoe, Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier, and WestJet President and CEO, Sean Durfy cut the ribbon at the WestJet Campus grand opening celebration. (CNW Group/WestJet)

Airline officially opens its $100 million campus

    Strives for gold certification for its new green headquartersCALGARY, May 4 /CNW/ - WestJet today held the grand opening of its new
headquarters, bringing over 1,000 WestJetters under one roof while striving
for the most advanced environmental design and engineering.
    Built at a cost of $100 million, the six-storey, 322,000 square foot
Campus stands next to WestJet's Hangar adjacent to the Calgary International
Airport in northeast Calgary. Previously, WestJet office staff worked out of
seven separate buildings in the northeast quadrant of the city.
    "This is a very special day in the history of WestJet," said Sean Durfy,
President and CEO. "For a people-focused culture like ours, bringing so many
of our WestJetters together under one roof was extremely important right from
the very beginning of the project. To be able to do that in a building that is
energy efficient and respects the environment makes us even prouder of this
incredible facility."
    The new Campus was designed and built by Albertans. Stantec provided the
architects, designers, mechanical and electrical engineering, CANA
Construction served as general contractor, and Sunterra provided a
full-service "Sunterra Market".
    "This was a massive undertaking, and we certainly couldn't have done it
without our partners," said Fred Ring, Executive Vice-President, Corporate
Projects. "We will complete the Campus on time and on budget, thanks in large
part to their excellent teamwork and professionalism."
    Approximately 1,550 WestJetters work in the Campus with another 200 in
the adjacent hangar complex. Construction on the Campus began in June 2007 and
will be complete later this spring.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled 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,
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