Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame inducts Clive Beddoe

WestJet Chairman honoured at Calgary gala

CALGARY, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - WestJet today celebrates Clive Beddoe, WestJet Chairman of the Board of Directors, as he is inducted to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.

"Clive Beddoe, as one of the founders of WestJet Airlines, has become an icon of the Western Canadian can-do spirit," said Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO, WestJet. "Aviation is a tough industry, and Clive has become an example of what success looks like amid all the variables and volatility. He remains an inspiration to all WestJetters, reminding them that a commitment to low costs, a great guest experience and an empowered and appreciated employee base is a proven recipe for success. On behalf of 10,000 WestJetters, we offer congratulations as he takes a well-deserved spot on the roster of so many pioneers in aviation."

The 41st Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony and gala takes place this evening, hosted in the WestJet hangar. Guest speaker for the evening is Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, recent commander of the International Space Station, Expedition 35, and fellow CAHF member.

WestJet also congratulates fellow inductees Lorna de Blicquy, a skilled pilot and advocate for the role of women in aviation; Robert Engle, who enjoyed a fifty-year aviation career in Canada's north; and Frederick Moore, who spent a lifetime in fixed and rotary wing aviation in both the military and civilian fields.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's most-preferred airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers.  We offer scheduled service to more than 85 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 120 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 westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards)
2013 Chairman's Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Leger Marketing)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine)

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SOURCE: WestJet

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