Airline is the only Canadian carrier to land a spot in annual
CALGARY, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced its selection by
Aviation Week as a top 10 international airline. The study ranks
airline carriers across the world by their annual revenues, using
financial and operational data to rate publicly traded airlines in five
different performance categories. WestJet is the only Canadian airline
and one of only two North American airlines to appear on this year's
"We are elated that our airline is ranked in the top 10 in the world,"
said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "WestJetters across our
network strive to provide an exceptional guest experience, and this
study is confirmation that our efforts are making a difference. Our
organization is fueled by WestJetters who are passionately committed
across all financial, operational and guest experience initiatives
measured in this survey."
Over the past year, WestJet has grown to include seven code-share and 18
interline agreements, sharing its award-winning guest experience with
travellers from all over the world. Canadians from coast to coast have
responded to the airline's guest-centric commitment, selecting WestJet
as their most preferred airline. In May, WestJet announced record
first-quarter net earnings of $68.3 million, the airline's 28th consecutive quarter of profitability.
WestJet's operational performance has steadily improved over the past
year, with an average of two per cent improvement monthly in on-time
arrivals within 15 minutes of its published timetable. This complements
an 11 per cent reduction in flight delay minutes and continuous
improvements to already strong baggage-handling performance.
On the horizon, plans continue for the launch of a low-cost regional
airline in 2013, where WestJet's commitment to low fares and a
remarkable guest experience will be extended to new communities across
"A common theme across our organization is momentum," concluded Gregg
Saretsky. "In addition to the hard work of our WestJetters, our
financial position and operational strengths provide us with the
opportunity to continue to grow our airline in a sustained and
responsible way while continuing with the foundation our airline was
built on: to take care of our people and to take care of our guests."
WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service
throughout its 76-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 and leather seats on its
modern fleet of 99 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future
confirmed deliveries for an additional 36 aircraft through 2018,
WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international
airlines in the world.
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