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January 10, 2007 08:30 ET

WestJet Announces Suspension of aiRES Implementation

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 10, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced an agreement with Travelport to suspend the current aiRES contract in order to negotiate an amendment to this contract for the successful delivery of their aiRES reservation system.

Sean Durfy, President of WestJet commented, "We have made the difficult decision to suspend this implementation while we renegotiate the terms under which we will deploy a future release of aiRES. Our guest experience is one of the most important components of our business and we want to ensure we do not compromise this vital element as we upgrade our current reservation system.

"Our business plan is, and will remain, on track and will be fully supported by the added functionality of the upgraded version of the Open Skies Reservation and Distribution System."

WestJet announced a support agreement with Navitaire on December 22, 2006. This support agreement, effective through December, 2008, will provide WestJet with a supported and upgraded version of its current Open Skies reservation and distribution system.

WestJet has invested approximately $38 million in the development of aiRES. WestJet and Travelport have agreed to enter into discussions to explore an amendment to the existing agreement that would specify the terms under which a future version of aiRES would be implemented. If WestJet and Travelport can not come to an agreement by May 31, 2007, the parties will enter into a dispute resolution process and there is the potential of a one time write-off of $30 million.

Marking its eleventh year of service, WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2006, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 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.

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  • WestJet
    Media Relations
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com