September 06, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet Announces Executive Vice-President Appointment

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 6, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced today changes to its executive team with the appointment of Russ Hall to the position of Executive Vice-President, Guest Service and Information Technology. Don Bell's role has also been expanded to Executive Vice-President, Culture and Airports; both changes take effect September 6, 2005.

Russ Hall comes to WestJet from AGTI Consulting Services (West), a Business and IT consulting firm, where he was a co-founder and held the position of president since 1999. Mr. Hall has also held executive positions in the information technology field with Intergraph Canada Ltd. and DMR Group Inc. We are very fortunate to have Russ join our team as he brings a wealth of business management, customer service and IT experience to our company.

Don Bell's role and responsibility has been broadened to include the new responsibility for culture in addition to his current responsibilities for airports. WestJet has long identified its corporate culture as a main driver of its success, with a significant impact on the experience guests have when traveling WestJet. WestJet has now reached a stage in its growth where this aspect of business requires a more dedicated executive responsibility.

"As a founding member of our organization, Don's focus on our corporate culture has assisted WestJet in becoming a leader in our industry." said Clive Beddoe, President and Chairman of WestJet, "His new role in this important aspect of our organization will set the stage for continued success."

"WestJet's values are the cornerstone for our success," said Don Bell, Executive Vice-President, Culture and Airports "It is my pleasure to focus on supporting and enhancing WestJet's culture which enables WestJetters to go above and beyond to create a memorable guest experience."

"The changes to the executive structure reinforces the commitment that WestJet has to its guests," added Clive Beddoe, "Russ' proven leadership and business judgment as an executive will help further strengthen our WestJet Executive team."

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 34-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, 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 on its 737-700 fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers. Visit www.westjet.com for more information.

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