WestJet
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WestJet

October 03, 2007 09:15 ET

WestJet Reports a Ninth Consecutive Month of Record Load Factor

September load factor of 78.7 per cent caps the airline's record third quarter

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced a ninth consecutive record load factor of 78.7 per cent, 3.5 percentage points higher than that of September 2006. This was accompanied by a capacity increase of 13 per cent and growth in RPMs (revenue passenger miles) of 18 per cent.

"To date, 2007 has been a very positive year as we maintain focus on our vision of being one of the five most successful international airlines in the world. In many areas, WestJet is already a leading performer and one of the healthiest airlines worldwide," commented WestJet President and CEO, Sean Durfy. "Guest confidence in our brand is measuring at the highest levels ever. This, coupled with our convenient schedule, strong operational performance and commitment to our culture continues to generate strong momentum for WestJet.



September 2007 Traffic Results

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September September Per cent
2007 2006 change
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Load Factor 78.7% 75.2% 3.5 pts.
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Available Seat Miles (ASM) 1,224.0 million 1,086.2 million 13%
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Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 963.4 million 817.4 million 18%
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Year-to-date Year-to-date Per cent
2007 2006 change
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Load Factor 81.8% 79.2% 2.6 pts.
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Available Seat Miles (ASM) 10,726.1 million 9,209.6 million 16%
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Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 8,771.4 million 7,289.5 million 20%
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"Early bookings for our expanding Caribbean and Mexican destinations of Mazatlan, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Cabo San Lucas are exceeding expectations. Today's announcement for our newest sun destination St. Lucia and the strength of the Canadian dollar should further encourage transborder bookings this winter.

"September's RASM was very positive. This is a direct result of the implementation of our strategy and the commitment of each and every WestJetter to the guest experience. I continue to be amazed by the spirit and dedication of our over 6,500 people and I thank them for their continued exceptional performance."

This disclosure may contain forward-looking statements and are subject to, and may be affected by, numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet's control. WestJet's results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: changes in government policy, exchange rates, interest rates, disruption of supplies, volatility of fuel prices, terrorism, general economic conditions, the competitive environment and other factors described in WestJet's public reports and filings. Forward-looking statements are subject to change and WestJet does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

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