September 07, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet Appoints Arthur Scace and Hugh Bolton to its Board of Directors

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 7, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) is pleased to announce the appointments of Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. and Hugh Bolton, F.C.A. to its Board of Directors. Mr. Scace has been actively involved on WestJet's Board of Directors since June and Mr. Bolton will commence duties immediately.

Mr. Scace is a former Chairman of McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto. He has B.A.s from the University of Toronto and Oxford University; an M.A. from Harvard University, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall, and Honorary Doctorates from The Law Society of Upper Canada, York University, the University of Trinity College and the University of Toronto.

Mr. Scace is currently the non-executive Chairman of The Bank of Nova Scotia, and has served on the boards of numerous public companies, including The Canada Life Assurance Company, Gerdau Ameristeel and various companies within The Brompton Group of Companies. He is Past President and Chairman of the Canadian Opera Company. Mr. Scace will participate on WestJet's Audit, Governance and Independent committees.

Mr. Bolton is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the former Chairman, CEO and partner in Coopers & Lybrand Canada, Chartered Accountants. He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Bolton is currently the non-executive Chair of EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Matrikon Inc. He is also a board member of the Canadian National Railway Company, Teck Cominco Limited and TD Bank Financial Group. Mr. Bolton will participate on WestJet's Audit and Independent committees.

Clive Beddoe, President and CEO of WestJet, commented: "Both Arthur Scace and Hugh Bolton's unique and varied experiences are welcome additions to WestJet's Board of Directors. We are fortunate that Mr. Scace and Mr. Bolton have accepted these positions, and we look forward to the contributions they will make."

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 34-city North American network and was named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005. WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada and the transborder markets with increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. WestJet was also the first Canadian airline to offer live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on its 737-700 fleet. Visit www.westjet.com for more information.

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