CALGARY, March 3 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced the expansion
of its partnership with Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's leading
online travel company. Now, all of WestJet's published fares, schedules and
inventory are available to leisure and unmanaged business travellers through
Expedia(R) in the U.S. The agreement builds on WestJet's current relationship
with Expedia, under which WestJet flights have been available to Canadian
travellers on Expedia.ca.
WestJet President and CEO Sean Durfy anticipates that the addition of
Expedia.com to the airline's distribution strategy will have a positive impact
on WestJet's growth in the U.S. market.
"WestJet's business stands to benefit as we continue to build our network
and capacity in Canada and the U.S. Expedia's unmatched customer volume, along
with the brand and marketing support they provide their partners will help us
to grow our network to over 60 destinations in Canada and the U.S. through
2013," said Sean Durfy. "Once we gained full functionality on Expedia.ca, our
sales increased significantly demonstrating the power and reach of the Expedia
brand. We're excited to extend our WestJet guest experience to the millions of
travellers who visit Expedia.com each month."
Paul Brown, President, Expedia North America and Expedia, Inc. Partner
Services Group said, "Travellers book on Expedia because they know we are
committed to offering them an unmatched selection of travel options at the
guaranteed best price, and WestJet is a great fit with that approach. We're
pleased that WestJet will now have access to our highly valuable and
incremental travel shoppers on Expedia.com."
WestJet is Canada's leading high-value, low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 45-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. With increased legroom and leather seats
on its modern fleet of 73 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.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel company, empowering
business and leisure travellers with the tools and information they need to
easily research, plan, book and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides
wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents and in-destination concierge
service and activity desks for travellers. The Expedia, Inc. portfolio of
brands includes: Expedia.com(R), hotels.com(R), Hotwire(R), Expedia(R)
Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor(R), Expedia Local ExpertTM, Classic Vacations(R)
and eLongTM. Expedia, Inc.'s companies operate more than 50 global points of
sale with sites in North America, South America, Latin America, Europe, Middle
East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Expedia, Inc. is a component of the S&P 500
index. For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com/ (NASDAQ: EXPE).
About Expedia(R) Partner Services Group
Expedia(R) Partner Services Group offers its supplier partners choice,
seamless coordination and complete access to our vast traveller base. The
formation of the Partner Services Group is a testament of Expedia's commitment
to continually refine the way we conduct business by seeking our suppliers'
input and customizing our services to meet their needs.
Expedia and Expedia.com are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Classic Vacations is either
a trademark or registered trademark of Classic Vacations, LLC in the U.S.
and/or other countries. hotels.com is either a trademark or registered
trademark of hotels.com, L.P., a subsidiary of hotels.com in the U.S. and/or
other countries. Hotwire is either a trademark or registered trademark of
Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. TripAdvisor is either a
trademark or registered trademark of TripAdvisor, LLC in the U.S. and/or other
countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be
the property of their respective owners. (C) 2008 Expedia, Inc. All rights
reserved. CST: 2029030-40
For further information:
For further information: WestJet, Media Relations, (403) 444-2615,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.westjet.com; or Expedia, Katie
Deines, (425) 679-4317, Email: email@example.com, Website: www.expediainc.com