WestJet named Canadian airline of the year

Airline receives prestigious awards at annual Mazatlan tourism trade show

CALGARY, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today that it has been named Canadian airline of the year by the tourism industry of Mazatlan, Mexico.

This is the first time WestJet has received this prestigious award, known as The Golden Deer, in recognition and appreciation for the airline's support of tourism in Mazatlan. It was presented recently to Yehudi Altman, Director of Product, WestJet Vacations, by Antonio Ibarra, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Sinaloa, Mexico, at Mazatlan's annual tourism trade show, the Gran Fiesta Amigos de Mazatlan.

"This wonderful honour is a tribute to the efforts of all WestJetters," said Yehudi Altman. "As the number one tour operator to Mazatlan, we are all very proud to be associated with this fabulous destination."

At the same event, tourism secretary Antonio Ibarra also named Yehudi "special ambassador for Mazatlan in Canada" and awarded him with the keys to the city of Mazatlan for his "unconditional support and friendship for over 30 years."

"This award came as a total surprise to me," said Yehudi. "I am deeply touched and honoured to have received it. I have a particular passion for Mazatlan, and that makes this even more special."

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 66-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 82 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 53 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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About WestJet Vacations

WestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy to book travel experiences to 55 destinations in eight countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image, extensive network and world class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a personalized, once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com

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SOURCE WestJet

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), e-mail: ropalmer@westjet.com

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