FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Funding and flights being provided to the afflicted nation
CALGARY, Alberta. January 15, 2010. WestJet today announced in light of the horrific
earthquake in Haiti earlier this week and the ensuing human tragedy that is unfolding, the
airline is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. WestJet has also encouraged its
employees to collectively beat WestJet’s donation by giving to the relief organization of their
In addition, WestJet will be donating and operating a charter flight in the coming days from
Toronto directly to Port-au-Prince with much needed supplies being provided by World Vision
Canada. WestJet will also be making cargo space available on scheduled flights to Miami to
other aid agencies that need supplies to assist in their relief efforts.
“The entire WestJet family is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the
Haitian people and to all those affected by this catastrophic event,” said Sean Durfy, WestJet
President and CEO. “Such human suffering needs to be addressed immediately and therefore as
an organization we are responding corporately and at the employee level in the hopes of being
able to provide any assistance we can.”
Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and CEO, Canadian Red Cross commented, “We are pleased
to see Canadian corporations like WestJet step forward to make important contributions that
will have a dramatic effect in providing assistance in our efforts in Haiti and I thank them for
their generous donation. Any financial contribution will have an impact and we encourage all
Canadians to help in any way they can.”
World Vision Canada President, Dave Toycen, is working on the ground in Haiti right now.
“Families have been separated, and we need to reconnect children and parents. We are
working hard to get emergency supplies to those who need it most, and WestJet’s generous
contribution of a charter flight means that will happen even faster. This shows those families
that Canadians care.”
WestJet is Canada’s preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 67-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 86 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an
additional 49 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
international airlines in the world.
Westjet is asking its employees to beat its corporate donation of 100,000. It’s my bet the employees will step up and do just this!