WestJet's Culture Success All About the People



    Airline wins Most Admired Corporate Culture award for the third year in a
    row

    CALGARY, Jan 17 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced it holds the
title of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture for the third year in a row.
The award, presented each year by Waterstone Human Capital, was also given to
WestJet in 2005 and 2006.
    "This accolade is the result of WestJetters' relentless commitment to our
culture and values," said Sean Durfy, WestJet President and CEO. "Being
successful in the airline industry is extremely difficult. Our culture and our
people are great constants and is what has helped us to achieve tremendous
growth and success over the last 11 years and will continue to drive our
success.
    "We share this award with our guests who experience our culture daily
through our world-class guest experience. We thank Waterstone Human Capital
for this honour and for recognizing the importance of corporate culture in
maintaining a successful organization," said Sean Durfy. "A heartfelt thank
you also goes out to all of our WestJetters for demonstrating how they care
about each other and our guests every day. They have earned this award."
    The 2007 award submissions were evaluated and ranked by a board of
governors. Information was gathered through direct interviews with chief
executives at Canada's top 500 companies. This year's 10 Most Admired
companies average three-year revenue growth of 56 per cent; outpacing the
S&P/TSX 60 Index's of 16 per cent. Three-year asset growth for the 10
companies averages 63 per cent, well-ahead of the S&P/TSX 60 at 13 per cent.
    The airline held an internal nomination contest to decide which of the
over 6,700 dedicated WestJetters will attend the January 28 awards ceremony
and accept this prestigious award on the Company's behalf.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost, high-value airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 45-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet
pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats
on its modern fleet of 70 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live
seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.





For further information:

For further information: WestJet, Media Relations, Gillian Bentley,
(403) 444-2615, Email: gbentley@westjet.com, Website: www.westjet.com


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