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WestJet Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President of Culture Announces Retirement

After 12 Years at WestJet, Don Bell Decides It's Time to Leave on a High
and Spend More Time With Family

CALGARY, May 30 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced that Don Bell,
Executive Vice-President, Culture and one of the founders of WestJet, will be
retiring effective July 2, 2007.
As one of the original architects of the foundational philosophies of
WestJet, Don has been instrumental in creating and perpetuating the
environment that is the basis for the outstanding WestJet guest experience and
award-winning corporate culture.
"This was a difficult decision but ultimately I believe the time is
right. I have, along with my fellow WestJetters, helped build the foundation
for the continued success of the airline. We have passionate and engaged
people that I believe are second-to-none, not only in our industry, but in any
industry. It has been my privilege and honour to work with each of them. I
leave confident that our culture is stronger than ever and will be led by a
very talented Executive team and over 6,000 WestJetters, each and every day,"
said Don Bell.
WestJet co-founder, CEO and Executive Chairman Clive Beddoe said,
"Founder to founder, I thank Don for his hard work and dedication through good
times and bad. His tireless efforts to ensure that we have an enviable
corporate culture and an emotionally committed workforce has allowed all of us
to succeed. I wish Don the best in his retirement. He will always be a part of
the WestJet family."
WestJet identified from day one that corporate culture is a main driver
for success. Aligning the values and interests of its people with those of the
company has a significant impact on guest experience and ultimately drives
financial performance.
As might be expected in a small, brash, upstart airline, Don held many
roles including Senior Vice-President Customer Service, Co-Chief Operating
Officer, and Captain of WestJet's 737 aircraft. Don has also held the role of
Chairman of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) since November
Born and raised in Calgary, Don is married with four young children and
loves being a father. Active in his children's lives, Don can be seen with his
kids snow skiing, waterskiing, dirt biking, riding a quad or just hanging out
on the family acreage. Don takes great pride in the successes of WestJet and
its people.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service
throughout its 38-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's
most admired corporate culture in 2005 and 2006, 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.