August 22, 2006 08:30 ET

WestJet Appoints Brett Godfrey to its Board of Directors

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2006) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Brett Godfrey, CEO, Virgin Blue Airlines, to its Board of Directors effective immediately.

Mr. Godfrey is the co-founder and CEO of Virgin Blue Airlines in Australia. In the early '90s, Mr. Godfrey began his Virgin career as Finance Manager for Virgin Atlantic. He was Financial Controller for Sherrard/National Jet in Melbourne, and worked as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross in the firm's Canadian office. Mr. Godfrey holds a business degree from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia and is an award winning leader.

Clive Beddoe, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WestJet, commented: "Mr. Godfrey's experience in the airline industry, particularly in the low-cost segment, will serve us well as we continue to expand nationally and internationally. We are very fortunate that Mr. Godfrey has accepted this position, and we look forward to the contributions he will make to our company."

Marking its tenth anniversary this year, WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 33-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 provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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    Gillian Bentley
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    Website: www.westjet.com