WestJet and Southwest delay code-share implementation



    
    WestJet will transition resources to begin interline revenue generation
    with Air France and KLM
    

    CALGARY, May 25 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that Southwest's progress
on the implementation of the code-share program will be delayed. With the
recessionary revenue environment, Southwest has decided to re-direct a portion
of its resources dedicated to the code-share project towards other near-term
revenue opportunities.
    "WestJet understands the decision made by Southwest. Our continued US
expansion is a key strategy for our airline, but code-sharing is only one
element of this. Both airlines remain committed to minimizing delays and are
focused on generating revenue as quickly as possible," stated Dr. Hugh
Dunleavy, WestJet's Executive Vice-President Commercial Distribution. "We have
already implemented our distribution agreement and are close to starting a
cargo program with Southwest."
    "In response to the current economic environment, Southwest is focusing
its immediate attention on several critical objectives, including increasing
our revenues," said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airline's Executive Vice-President,
Strategy and Planning. "While I am very excited about working to deliver new
incremental revenue opportunities for 2009, it will have an impact on our
timing for code-share delivery. We remain absolutely committed to our
partnership with WestJet, and to code-sharing in general, and will do all we
can to minimize the impact on our previously stated code-share plans."
    Dr. Hugh Dunleavy further commented, "We are looking forward to
code-sharing with Southwest. We remain committed to our interline and
code-sharing initiatives both in the US and globally."
    "WestJet's implementation of the Sabre reservation system, which is key
to code-sharing, is continuing on track and will be ready for launch in the
fourth quarter of 2009," continued Dr. Hugh Dunleavy. "We are pleased with the
significant progress being made on our rewards and credit card programs, and
look forward to their launch once the reservation system is up and running."

    Caution regarding forward-looking statements

    Certain information set forth in this press release, including
information regarding the duration of delay of the implementation of the
Southwest codeshare agreement, the status of and implementation plans
regarding the commercial relationship between WestJet and AF/KLM, the status
of WestJet's discussions regarding further expansion opportunities and the
timing of WestJet's launch of the Sabre reservation system, rewards program
and co-branded credit card, contain forward-looking statements. By their
nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and
uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet's control. These
forward-looking statements are based on WestJet's current implementation and
operational plans but may vary based on factors including but not limited to
the ability of the parties to reach a mutually agreeable definitive agreement,
customer demand, general economic conditions, obtaining necessary regulatory
approvals, if any, and the availability of sufficient technology and human
resources. These and additional risk factors are discussed in WestJet's most
recent Annual Information Form (AIF) and in other documents WestJet files from
time to time with securities regulatory authorities, which are available
through the Internet on WestJet's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Readers are
cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking
statements as actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking
statements. WestJet does not undertake to update any forward-looking
statements, except as is required by law.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 55-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and
2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased
legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its
modern fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.





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