July 16, 2008 11:18 ET

WestJet Introduces New Seat Selection Option

Optional service offers guests more flexibility

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2008) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced the introduction of a new seat selection option, which for a small fee, will allow guests to choose where they will be seated at the time of booking, or up to 24 hours before their flight departs.

"WestJet is committed to providing guests with new options to enhance their travel experience and meet their wants and needs," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President of Guest Experience and Marketing. "Guests have told us they want to select their seats well in advance, rather than wait to go online 24 hours before they fly or be assigned a seat at check-in. We know that this will be very popular for families and groups who want to make sure they can sit together, especially on long flights. It's also going to be a big hit with guests who like to stretch their legs in the emergency exit row."

The seat selection fee will be $10 for an aisle, middle or window seat, and $15 for seats in the coveted emergency exit rows, which have substantially more legroom. All WestJet guests, regardless of the fare they purchased, will still be able to select their seat at no charge when using Web check-in or Mobile check-in within 24 hours of their flight.

WestJet continues to offer high value, all-inclusive fares, providing guests the opportunity to book their travel through the WestJet Sales Super Centre, check two pieces of luggage, watch live seatback television and enjoy complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages - all at no extra charge. WestJet goes one step further -- guaranteeing not to overbook flights.

WestJet's new seat selection option is available through westjet.com, the WestJet Sales Super Centre, WestJet Vacations call centre and through travel agents. (1)

For more information about our seat selection option, visit the Travel Info section on westjet.com.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 49-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

(1) Some travel agent system limitations exist.

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