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NEWS RELEASE

3 December 2004

Contact: Bob Wootan

Phone:  250-655-3247

Fax:  250-655-3270

E-mail: bob@genavsystems.com

 

Award Winning Airline WestJet Selects GenAv Systems

 

Calgary, AB, December 3, 2004 -- WestJet Airlines has added yet another major distinction to its already renowned record – as the first airline to take advantage of GenAv System’s scheduling technology. The new Flight Office Training Resource Manager (TRiM) software will provide the prominent airline’s training crew scheduling department with an automatic scheduling tool that features a convenient and easy-to-use graphical interface. The software facilitates training tasks resulting in a more efficient and effective scheduling operation.

WestJet, founded in 1996 by four Calgary entrepreneurs led by Clive Beddoe, is quite a success story. Modeled after successful low-cost carriers, WestJet began its flight operations with 220 employees and three original Boeing 737-200 aircraft to the cities of Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Since then, the company has continued to expand, bringing more western cities into WestJet's world. In 1996, WestJet added Victoria, Regina and Saskatoon to its route network. In 1997, WestJet began service to Abbotsford/Fraser Valley, and in 1999 WestJet added Thunder Bay, Prince George, and Grande Prairie. 

A major milestone was achieved in July 1999 when WestJet completed its Initial Public Offering of 2.5 million common shares. It was an exciting day for the WestJet family, as it represented a key business goal achievement and raised the necessary capital for future expansion. WestJet’s successful transition to a public company enabled the purchase of additional aircraft and the building of a new Head Office and Hangar facilities in Calgary. In December 1999, WestJet extended its low-fare airline across Canada. Between March and June 2000, the company added service to the eastern Canadian cities of Hamilton, Moncton, and Ottawa, creating an eastern network with Hamilton as the hub. 

In 2000, WestJet's founders were honored as 'The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year' for Canada, in recognition of their contributions to Canadian travelers and the lives of WestJet personnel and shareholders. In 2001, WestJet added new service to Fort McMurray, Comox, and Limited Addition flights to Brandon. In 2001, WestJet also added its first four Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft. Also, in 2001, the airline founders were honored with an International Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Teamwork.

“Clearly, WestJet knows what it needs to succeed,” says Stephane Way, President, GenAv Systems. “We’re proud to have had our software selected as WestJet’s choice for managing its operations schedule and look forward to meeting their scheduling needs.” For more information on WestJet, see: www.westjet.com

GenAv Systems anticipates other airlines will soon join WestJet’s lead in using TRiM. Bob Wootan, GenAv’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, states, “Extensive research shows that the industry wants an automated scheduling interface for pilot crew training. Current airline systems provide who and what is due for training, but no way of actually manipulating the schedule. Our TRiM software – among other benefits - provides schedulers with an intuitive tool that advances artificial intelligence for a savings of hundreds of training hours per year! Together, GenAv and WestJet are leading the way!”