May 29, 2006 08:00 ET
CALGARY, ALBERTA and MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 29, 2006) - In 2003-2004, certain members of WestJet management engaged in an extensive practice of covertly accessing a password protected proprietary employee web site maintained by Air Canada to download detailed and commercially sensitive information without authorization or consent from Air Canada. This practice was undertaken with the knowledge and direction of the highest management levels of WestJet and was not halted until discovered by Air Canada. This conduct was both unethical and unacceptable and WestJet accepts full responsibility for such misconduct. WestJet sincerely regrets having engaged in this practice and unreservedly apologizes to Air Canada and Mr. Robert Milton.
As a full settlement, WestJet has agreed to pay Air Canada's investigation and litigation costs of $5.5 million and has accepted Air Canada's request that WestJet make a donation in the amount of $10 million in the name of Air Canada and WestJet to children's charities across the country. Air Canada has accepted WestJet's apology and withdrawn its claims in light of this settlement. All legal proceedings between the parties have been terminated. Both parties have expressed a desire to turn the page on this unfortunate chapter with finality and are pleased that children's charities across Canada will also benefit from this settlement arrangement.
Air Canada Contacts:Isabelle Arthur (Montreal)(514) 422-5788orPeter Fitzpatrick (Toronto)(416) 263-5576orAngela Mah (Vancouver)(604) 270-5741Internet: aircanada.comorWestJet :Richard Bartrem (Calgary)(403) 444-2226Internet : westjet.com
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