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WestJet publishes second sustainability report


Airline uses Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework to complete second report

CALGARY, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the completion of its second corporate social responsibility report, the first using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework to report on economic, environmental and social performance.

"This report demonstrates WestJet's ongoing commitment to sustainable growth and to our responsibilities to the communities we serve," commented Mike McNaney, WestJet Vice-President, Environment, Fuel and Government Relations. "Building off last year's 'Responsible Growth' report, we have made the commitment to further our reporting on the socially responsible elements of our airline. I would like to extend a warm thanks to the more than 9,000 WestJetters who deliver our caring brand in all aspects of our business."

WestJet reported against the GRI's key performance indicators in the areas of economic, environmental and social performance. The airline self-declared an application level C, which is intended for first-time reporting organizations. WestJet's GRI report was reviewed with select indicators assured by Deloitte and Touche LLP, thereby demonstrating our commitment to transparency and demonstrating a leading practice in our industry.

WestJet's GRI report can be viewed at http://www.westjet.com/pdf/global-reporting.pdf.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an independent global organization that works with the United Nations Environment Program to make sustainability reporting standard practice. GRI produces a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world to promote greater organizational transparency. The framework sets out the principles and indicators organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental and social performance. GRI is committed to continuously improving and increasing the use of the guidelines, which are freely available to the public. For more information, please visit globalreporting.org.

About WestJet WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed deliveries for an additional 35 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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Media contact: Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), media@westjet.com.

SOURCE: WestJet

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