WestJet named J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion

Airline is one of only two Canadian companies to receive the award

CALGARY, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today it has been named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion by the prestigious global marketing information services company, J.D. Power and Associates.

As one of only 40 companies to be recognized, WestJet is among the top five per cent of 800 companies in 20 industries evaluated. The designation is based on customer feedback, opinions and perceptions gathered from J.D. Power studies conducted in 2010. American low-cost carriers JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines were also recognized in the airline category. Other companies on the list include Cadillac, Eddie Bauer, Four Seasons, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.

WestJet and Four Seasons are the only Canadian companies on the list.

"This is a tremendous honour because it recognizes the outstanding efforts by our 8,000 WestJetters who strive to deliver a great guest experience each and every day," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Marketing, Sales and Guest Experience. "It's also exciting to be one of only 40 companies, including some of the most prestigious and respected brands in the world, to receive this recognition."

According to the J.D. Power special report, Achieving Excellence in Customer Service, "today's consumers expect companies to do it all and have the right people, the right presentation, the right price, the right product and the right process. Brands identified as J.D. Power Customer Service Champions are getting all of these things right. Some are even outperforming the best of their peers in meeting heightened customer expectations."

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-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. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 93 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

About WestJet Vacations

Launched in 2006, WestJet Vacations provides guests with a wide selection of vacation packages to popular vacation destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's friendly employees, extensive network and solid value proposition, WestJet Vacations offers guests a fun, friendly and caring vacation experience.

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For further information: Media contact: Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: media@westjet.com


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