September 14, 2007 14:00 ET

WestJet Breaks Record of Giving- Donates More Flights to Hope Air This Year Than Any Other Canadian Airline

Airline celebrates milestone at bi-annual WestJet Airports Games

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2007) - WestJet today announced a significant milestone in community investment. WestJet Cares for Kids, WestJet's community investment program, has donated more flights than ever before to Hope Air, one of its longest standing charitable partners. A total of 800 gifts of flight will be given to Hope Air this year, surpassing last year's gift of 627 flights.

The announcement was made today at the bi-annual WestJet Airports Games in Calgary. Competitors from 27 WestJet cities raised awareness for Hope Air as they prepared to come to Calgary for the Airports Games.

These games bring ground handling crew and customer service agents together to compete in a variety of airport related events in a fun and friendly competitive atmosphere to demonstrate their world-class abilities.

"Hope Air's mandate is getting Canadians to getting better, and this year no one has been more generous than WestJet when it comes to the gift of flight," said Doug Keller-Hobson, Executive Director of Hope Air. "WestJet's gift of flight will have increased by 28 per cent over 2006 and they have donated more flights to Hope Air than any other airline this year."

"WestJet has supported Hope Air through the gift of flight for 11 years," said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President of Culture and Communications. "We are dedicated to supporting children's health through our community investment program and are honoured to share our gift of flight with such a caring and dedicated organization. We strive to empower all WestJetters to make a difference and the WestJetters competing today at the WestJet Airports Games exemplify this spirit. Beyond this announcement today, our participants have also raised money across the country to further support Hope Air."

The bi-annual WestJet Airports Games are yet another demonstration of the WestJet culture. Ground handling crew and customer service agents from all 26 of WestJet's Canadian cities and one U.S. city (Las Vegas) assembled at WestJet's Calgary Hangar to compete in an array of airport related competitions today. In total, 54 competitors competed in a variety of airport related events like a "chock wagon" race, stanchion maze construction and a baggage tractor pull.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 38-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005 and 2006, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 68 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.

About Hope Air

Hope Air is a national Registered Charity founded in 1986 that helps Canadians in financial need fly to necessary medical treatment. Its vision is to ensure that no Canadian is denied medical care for inability to afford air travel. To achieve its mission, Hope Air arranges free flights to recognized health facilities for medical treatment unavailable in a patient's home community.

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